This article is intended for those who have already seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The content below is spoiler heavy, and will address who could potentially be Rey’s father.
The biggest thing to address immediately is Han Solo dies! As many Star Wars fans predicted, and Harrison Ford getting his wish come true, towards the end of film Han is stabbed in the abdomen by his own son, Ben Solo, aka Kylo Ren. Prior to his death, Ben Solo’s allegiance to the dark side was wary, and by killing his father he fully commits himself to Supreme Leader Snoke and the First Order.
However, as one hero falls, no pun intended, another rises. The title “Force Awakens” is referring to Rey. Episode VII is Rey’s story of the force awakening inside of her, and by the end of the film she taps into the force to defeat Kylo Ren. The movie ends with Rey finding Luke Skywalker with the intention to become a Jedi Knight.
When Disney bought Lucasfilms, the Star Wars Expanded Universe that was developed through books, comics, video games, were all dubbed “Legends”, which enabled Disney and Lucasfilms to create a new official Star Wars canon. To this day, many fans are angry that the Grand Admiral Thrawn Trilogy and/or Knights of the Old Republic are considered unofficial Star Wars stories, but it does not mean Disney and Lucasfilms can cherry pick elements.
The biggest elements from “Legends” is the idea of the Solo twins: Jacen and Jaina. Han and Leia’s children are raised as Jedi Knights through their Uncle Luke, but Jacen, the brother, turns to the darkside and Jaina, the sister, is forced to fight him.
The brother and sister quarrel parallels the fight between Kylo Ren and Rey in the film. Kylo Ren is the son of Han and Leia who trained with Luke Skywalker, but later turned to the darkside, and Rey looks up to Han as a father figure.
Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has hit theaters, we as fans, can now speculate Rey’s parentage.
It is pretty much confirmed Rey is not Han and Leia’s daughter, since the parents were more focused on saving their son, and if she was their child then Leia would have expressed more emotional attachment when she meets her for the first time.
However, she could be Luke Skywalker’s daughter. Her story parallels Anakin and Luke’s origins: raised on a desert planet, skilled pilot, and strong in the force. In addition, the lightsaber wielded by Anakin and Luke, symbolizing a passing of the torch from one generation to another, called out to her which then triggered her first force vision. The film used two musical motifs directly linked to Luke in a New Hope, “Binary Sunsets” and “Burning Homestead”, play as Rey duels Kylo Ren.
There is more evidence to support Rey is a Skywalker, but for the fun of it we can speculate who else could be her parents. . .
She could be from the Kenobi family. The timeline would not add up right if she was Obi-Wan Kenobi’s child, but she could be a relative. What supports this fun theory is the fact that Ewan Mcgregor made a cameo during Rey’s vision. His voice was dubbed alongside Sir Alec Guinness. And if she is not a Skywalker, being a Kenobi is the next best thing.
Besides the movie, Star Wars: Rebels has been renewed for a third season. If Disney and Lucasfilm really wanted to they could make her Ezra Bridger’s daughter. Assuming Ezra does not die at the end of Rebels, the ages would add up since Ezra is at most a day older than Luke and Leia. Unfortunately, this is highly unlikely because not everyone watches Star Wars: Rebels. It would also be annoying for casual moviegoers to watch a tv series in order to enjoy a movie.
Lastly, Rey’s parents could be new characters that will be introduced in future films. She could be a descendant from a darkside practitioner. It would contrast nicely with Kylo Ren, a character who aligns with opposite side of the force regardless of family ties.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been out in theaters for the past five days and already it has surpassed $300 million in North America, and it is predicted to beat Avatar to be the number one grossing film of all time.