My brother and his wife popped by for dinner this evening and, as it usually does, the dinner conversation quickly became about Star Wars – more specifically, who Rey’s parents are.
After The Force Awakens was released I liked the idea that Poe Dameron could be force sensitive and that Rey could very well be a Kenobi or Skywalker. Since then I’ve struggled to get over my distaste for Episode VII and Poe parents were brought into the Canon in a comic book series about his childhood, ruling out the possibility of him being force sensitive by answering that question with “nope, he’s just a good pilot and he isn’t a Skywalker”.
Ewan McGregor voiced Obi-Wan Kenobi in the flashback/vision scene where Rey finds Luke’s lightsaber, so the thought that she could be a Kenobi sprung up and I liked it, but I got to figuring out how it would be possible. It’s not, unless she’s the granddaughter of Obi-Wan and she seems pretty close in age to Ben Skywalker so it just doesn’t add up:
- The Force Awakens is set 34 years After the Battle of Yavin (34ABY, the first Death Star), so 34 years after Obi-Wan’s death.
- Rey was abandoned on Jakku when she was a child (from what we see, at least 5 or 6 years old)
- Luke Skywalker was 21 years old in A New Hope, making him 55 in Episode VII.
- Even if Obi-Wan left Rey on Jakku in 0ABY it would make her roughly 15 years younger than Luke Skywalker, meaning Rey is at least 40 years old in Episode VII.
- Rey seems to be of a similar age to Kylo Ren. We know that Kylo Ren was born after Return of the Jedi (4ABY).
- Even if Ben Skywalker was born in 5ABY it would make him at least 10 years younger than Rey.
- Kylo Ren and Han Solo know who Rey is, so if he is younger than her surely she would know about him and not the other way around?
- If Rey is the granddaughter of Obi-Wan he would have had to have had a child in the 20 years between Episode 3 and 4 who then had Rey.
- He would have had to have had a child within the first year of living on Tatooine for that child to have grown up and had a child roughly the same time as Han and Leia Solo.
- Can we safely assume this would not have happened? He had further Jedi training during that time and lived in solitude as we are led to believe.
Plenty of reasons as to why Rey cannot be a Kenobi, but could she be a Skywalker? I think she is – not Luke’s daughter, but Han and Leia’s. This is where my theory, if you can call it that, doesn’t have anything to back it up, but what if Rey is the younger sister of Ben Skywalker and when he turned to the Dark Side she was hidden from him? Kylo Ren knows who she is and so does Han Solo. Even Supreme Leader Snoke tells them to bring Rey to him – perhaps he saw holding her as a hostage would bring Luke Skywalker out of hiding?
In the Cantina, Maz asked Han Solo “who’s the girl?” and we can assume he tells her off camera. We haven’t been introduced to many new characters who could possibly be her parents so when we find out who she really is it would not make sense to then introduce new characters – it’d be very anti climatic. The trouble here is that backfires – if she is Han’s daughter then surely he would have reacted differently when meeting her and finding out where she came from.
My main issue with Episode VII is how it follows the “Star Wars formula”. Think about it carefully, it’s just A New Hope all over again and with the back story in the official Canon of how secretive and strained the Empire was with resources on building the first Death Star, how the hell did they build one out of a sodding planet when the Empire had been crushed? (Yes, I realise it opens a hole in how they built the second, larger Death Star too but I’m in denial when it comes to anything bad about the original trilogy.)
I hold little hope for Episode VIII, The Last Jedi. I think Disney played it far too safe with Episode VII but with J.J. Abrams returning for Episode IX I can only hope he won’t be so restricted. I was sceptical when The Force Awakens was released and had no expectations for Rogue One – even when the opening scrawl didn’t happen I said (probably too loudly) “I’m immediately disappointed with this movie”, but came out of the cinema thrilled – so I am hoping Episode VIII literally has me on the edge of my seat like I was in Rouge One.
The Last Jedi is in cinemas on December 15th and I’ll be getting tickets for the earliest viewing I can go to (probably not a midnight release this time because of work) so we’ll have some answers soon!