“I’m no one.”
So says Rey, surname unknown, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The theme of Rey’s parentage — the void in her life, the blind hope that sometime soon she will find out who she is and where she comes from — is a pertinent one in a franchise that has always been about family, once the spaceships and lightsabers are stripped away.
But Rey is not no one. Somewhere in the vastness of the galaxy live, or lived, her parents. Most people seem invested in the idea that Rey is a Skywalker. We here at Oodon don’t disagree with that theory, but, we also subscribe to another theory… Hear us out, think about it, and come up with your own idea!
Rey is a Kenobi
TFA dropped an avalanche of hints designed to make the audience believe that Rey is the daughter of Luke Skywalker, but I refute that. Look a little deeper, and the signs seem to point toward another iconic lineage: the Kenobi family.
So without further ado, here are five reasons why Rey No-Name could be, in fact, descended from Obi-Wan.
1. She already met Luke Skywalker
Think about it. Rey has already come face to face with Luke Skywalker. If her father is still alive, would Abrams really blow that big reunion on the first film of the new trilogy, at a time when Rey doesn’t even realize who Luke is to her?
It could be that the opening moments of Episode 8 pick up precisely where The Force Awakens left off, and Luke has an “I am your father” moment with Rey. Otherwise, I believe he fulfills a different role in her life: the mentor and father figure, in the absence of an actual father.
Because, you know, Obi-Wan’s dead.
- Rey’s voice
This may seem like a minor detail, but Daisy Ridley uses her native English accent to portray Rey. And who else spoke in that accent? Old man Kenobi himself.
You could strike that off as coincidence — if not for the fact that John Boyega voices Finn with an American dialect, despite being British. That was intentional (which could also have its own backstory that has yet to be revealed). The intention, it would seem, is to differentiate Rey, signifying a link back to the Kenobi bloodline. Who else has a notable part in the Star Wars universe with a similar accent? One that we care more deeply about, anyway.
- The lightsaber vision
During the scene in which Rey handles Luke’s old, blue lightsaber — which, perhaps crucially, was in Obi-Wan’s possession for many years — at Maz Kanata’s castle, she has a terrifying vision of Kylo and the Knights of Ren. During that vision she hears the voice of Obi-Wan talking to her, you have to listen pretty closely but it’s there. First, you hear Sir Alec Guinness’ (Older Obi-Wan) voice in the very beginning saying “Rey…..”
At the end of the vision, you can hear Ewan McGregor (Younger Obi-Wan) saying, “Rey….. these are your first steps.”
Do Obi-Wan’s words represent some kind of long-buried memory from Rey’s youth?
- The Jedi mind trick
As everybody knows, Obi-Wan Kenobi was the master of the Jedi mind trick. Although, frankly, he could have been a little more subtle about it.
Rey practices a similar mind trick on a guard to escape captivity at Starkiller base.
As Qui-Gon Jinn proved before his daughter was taken three times by Serbian gangsters, not just anybody can successfully pull off the mind trick…
“They’re never coming back…”
Inside Maz Kanata’s smugglers’ paradise on Takodana, after encouraging Rey to take the lightsaber, Maz says something which has the feel of a major hint…
“Whoever you were waiting for on Jakku, they’re never coming back.”
Obi-Wan can never come back. Luke, however, is very much alive, and could if he wanted to.
Bonus clue: “Who’s the girl?”
During the same sequence, shortly after the gang arrives at Maz’s castle, she addresses Han and asks: “Who’s the girl?” Tellingly, Abrams immediately cuts to a shot of Rey asking Finn to stay, and we don’t see Han’s response, suggesting he knows who she is but we’re not allowed to… yet. Despite that being a pretty open question that’s up for debate, it leaves the door open for her to be a Kenobi more so than a Skywalker, as it would seem that if Han knew that information, it probably would have been spilled by that point or not long after. That may be a stretch, but don’t close the door on that sub-theory being a possibility!
With all of that said, this may not actually support Rey being a Kenobi to the fullest extent, but there are plenty of interesting parallels between the two and an interesting amount of evidence that could support the theory, were it to come true in Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi. We just find it interesting. Maybe somebody smarter could no doubt spin a more convincing theory out of it.
Thanks for reading and may the force be with you!