Just who is Rey?
We know that she’s a scavenger on Jakku, she knows how fly to the falcon by nature, and she has the ways of the force without even knowing it. But that’s all we know about her.
Just who IS Rey?
She could be Luke’s daughter. She could be Han and Leia’s daughter, as well as Kylo Ren’s sister. She could be Obi Wan’s granddaughter. She could have no relation to the characters at all. And until Episode VIII or even Episode IX comes out, we’ll have to rely on theories.
So what’s my theory?
Is her relation:
B. Han and Leia
C. Obi Wan
D. None of the Above
The answer is actually:
E. All of the above
As in, she’s a mixture of all three of them. In other words, a clone. A three-way clone with the combined DNA of Luke, Kylo Ren, and Obi Wan, the only ones left who are alive with the force.
It started way back before Episode VII began. After the second Death Star is destroyed, Luke starts up his Jedi academy to potentially find new Jedi knights to fight against future enemies of Leia’s newly formed Resistance. Sure enough, the Solos’ son Ben is in his academy.
After some time, Luke is troubled by several dreams of Ben killing his family, so he makes an eventual decision to fly to Kamino. It has been decades since the system shut down after Jango Fett’s clones were exploited by the dark side, so complications are met as Luke attempts to bring the system back up to create a clone army from his own blood. He is about to add a sample of his hair into the DNA configurator that would generate the clone code, but a thought comes to him: his skill alone is not enough to defend his family. After all, he couldn’t save Obi Wan or his father, so how could he expect multiple copies of himself to stop the destruction of his family?
Thus, fear leads to anger. He bribes his sister to give a sample of Ben’s hair for the clone strand. If he’s going to turn on his family, maybe facing an army of his own vigor would be enough to immobilize him. Obi Wan’s force ghost comes to try and tell Luke he’s doing a dangerous thing, but Luke is not buying it. He even takes out the preserved robes that Kenobi left behind, and finds an article of his hair.
He wonders if Obi Wan’s DNA would be enough. He creates a set of clones from Obi Wan’s DNA strand, but because of the hair strand’s age, the clones are unstable. Thus, he adds Ben’s DNA coding to the strand, a dangerous mode of gene splicing that is considered illegal on Kamino. Again, the experiment fails. Then finally, Luke adds his own hair to complete the DNA strand. He successfully makes around 500 male and female infant clones, all named Rey. 85% of them die within only an hour, and 10% more die over the next four years, but the remaining 5%, almost all of them female, prove over time to be healthy enough for Jedi training.
A few more years pass, and these Rey clones are placed in Luke’s academy at the ripe young age of 4. This generally led to an act of favoritism in Luke’s mentorship, much of his attention in training went to the clones, not nearly as much to Ben. It generally led to Ben’s stronger grip from the more closely appreciative dark side, causing angst between him and his parents.
Over a string of events that seem like history repeating itself, Ben is overturned by the Dark Side’s immediate satisfaction of his longing for attention. He quickly joins Supreme Leader Snoke in the First Order, with a promise that his deeds in the force will be recognized for all of time. Thus, he kills all but five of the clones, and turns on his family.
It turns out Luke’s prediction of saving his family had the opposite effect. So anger turns to hate, and he abandons his family, along with all the surviving clones. He takes himself to Ahch-To in a long, never-ending period of meditation and self-reconciliation. Hate has led to suffering.
As for each of the five Rey clones, they all have been separated onto their own planets across the galaxy, the Rey clone we see in The Force Awakens has lived on Jakku all her life, with the belief that Han and Leia were her parents. It is currently unknown where the four other clones are located, but they’re placed in such a way so that Han and Leia would be able to keep a close eye on each of them, and potentially train them for the Resistance once they’re mature enough. It just turns out that the Rey on Jakku gets herself into the Resistance earlier than they thought.
But then how did the Millenium Falcon end up on Jakku? Simple. Han Solo, on one of his days as a smuggler, got into a gamble with Unkar Plutt for a new Starfire engine to upgrade the Falcon. But instead, Solo loses the gamble and Plutt keeps the Falcon. But Solo actually doesn’t try to win his ship back. Rather, he leaves it on Jakku, with hopes that Rey will someday win it back from her scavenging.
And that’s what we’ve got coming for us in Episode VIII: It’s the story of how Luke fell out of the force and is now reluctant to continue mentoring again after his past crime, Rey being the product of that. He’ll be even further devastated with himself after hearing of the death of his brother-in-law. It will add further reason as to why Kylo Ren wants nothing to do with Rey, and why he wants the Resistance destroyed.
What do you think? I’m interested to hear your thoughts. :)
All images are used from FilmGrab
Along with my predictions, here are three other "less complicated" predictions as to the events in Episode VIII, written by fellow blogger and book reviewer, MMLeonard. He has written his own set of film predictions for this film as well as others, and has also written books and television pilots of his own, as well as posts on helpful writing tips for would-be television and book writers. Here is the link to his blog.
1) "The original script before JJ and Kasdan took the bull by its horns and made a reboot of A New Hope called out for Luke to find Rey on Jakku and heading out on a quest of some sort to Endor. By all that I read, Luke was essentially Obi-Wan guiding Rey to her destiny. Episode 8 could pick up where Episode 7 left off and show them still on the island, but with Rey more powerful than we could have ever imagined. She is obviously a very very very very fast learner. With her new powers, she flies off on the Falcon when she learns her old pal Finn is in trouble and goes to rescue him while Luke pulls a Yoda and fades into midi-chlorian oblivion. Rey then learns it’s all a trap by Snoke, after telling her that she is a clone of Anakin Skywalker, and pits her against Kylo who she easily defeats and he falls off some crazy high place, and she is converted to the Dark Side. Kylo is then rescued by who else, Leia, who feels his pain. Plus, she has a special force power for sensing when someone fell from a high place. This is where Luke’s ghost shows up and the cliffhanger ending leaves us wanting more again. Luke can even give the same mysterious brooding look to Kylo. Is he still pissed about the Knights of Ren thing? Or is he happy he finally turned back? Talk about an awkward intergalactic thanksgiving." -MMLeonard
2) "While finishing her training, they are hunted down by Captain Phasma, who is all torn up and outcast from the First Order. She is like a crusty and jaded bounty hunter who wants redemption. She lands on the island and a fight ensues. Luke sacrifices himself so that Rey can vanquish Phasma. With Luke now a force ghost, Rey has no choice but to go out and rejoin the resistance. She tells Leia what happened to Luke, and Leia gives her another random hug and tells her that she is her daughter. She gives another friend-zone hug to Finn, who is paralyzed but now is General Finn (because they promote fast-as-hell in the resistance … e.g. General Solo and General Calrissian) The resistance is then tracked down and a giant space battle ensues. Rey’s ship is captured and is defeated in a battle with Kylo. Snoke, on the New Super-Deluxe-with-extra-Cheese Super Star Destroyer gives her a choice. Join him and he will show her where she comes from and tell her where her parents are and they will end the battle, or resist and the resistance will be destroyed, including the crippled cruiser Finn is commanding. She chooses to join him and save her friends." -MMLeonard
3) "The First Order fleet tracks down the Falcon to the island, and launches an ocean assault on the island. Luke, using his Lucas-crazy powers in some script from a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, destroys an entire assault with the force and the audience is like “holy shit, did Luke just do that?” Then Luke and Rey get off the planet and meet with Leia, who he asks again how she remembers her mom being sad, and she says “okay, I lied Luke. You were about to face your crazy ass father on his home turf.” The fanboys nod in approval. Rey asks where Finn is, and is told Finn and Poe went off on a secret mission to find their hidden headquarters but went dark. Luke and Leia and Rey and Chewie go to track them down and find out Poe isn’t randomly the greatest pilot in the galaxy … he is Snoke. What? Did your mind just melt? Who has the power to cheat death? (Poe cheated a Tie Fighter crash death). Who is strong with the force? (Did you see the assault on Starkiller base?) It all comes full circle on why Poe is the man with the plan to find Skywalker. The movie ends with Poe sticking his red lightsaber though Leia while Luke and Rey are off fighting Kylo, who somehow gets turned back to the light side. The movie ends with Poe taking Finn as prisoner by freezing him in carbonite." -MMLeonard
Conclusion (And discarded Porkins Theory)
"Whichever direction they go, hopefully they will cut one of the senseless parts of Episode 7, Greg Grunberg playing himself. It was clearly one the more stupid parts of the film and a waste of screen time. When I initially heard he was cast, I thought it was going to be throw back to Porkins from the original Star Wars, who blew up, no pun intended. Most of the fanboy sites agreed and accepted the Porkins theory as almost fact, but we got tricked. It was zero nostalgia, and too many scenes of Grunberg, now one of the worst characters since Jar Jar Binks." -MMLeonard