Who is Rey? That is and has been the ultimate question out of almost all Star Wars fan's lips. While at first it seemed completely obvious that she is Luke Skywalker's daughter, there is still that sense that this isn't the case. Yes, the attention immediately turns to Han and Leia's daughter; but that doesn't make any sense at face value. Even if there were a way to explain it, it would all be caught up in complicated exposition and reveals. Maybe she is a no one, or just someone who happens to be strong with the force. Yeah, maybe. . . but that reveal would be really underwhelming and take away from the fact that this saga is about Skywalkers, as Kathleen Kennedy - current Head Honcho for Star Wars - has made clear, this is the story of the Skywalkers. Well, then I guess we're back to square one: she is Luke's Daughter. This could be true, but it is too obvious to work well as a reveal and there are definitely some things contradicting this. So who is she then? Who knows, honestly? Nevertheless this question still haunts my soul and permeates my very being: who is she dangit?! Well, there is one theory. . .
Now before I begin, let me be clear this is not exactly MY theory. Many people have come up with it before me, and it is difficult due to the extreme level of fandom that Star Wars has to figure exactly where it stemmed from (I'll leave some compelling links at the bottom of the article which could be the culprit). That being said, here we go. Rey is the reincarnated birth of someone who found a way to come back from the nether realm to fulfill an ancient prophesy. Rey is Vader. That's right everyone, Rey is Anakin Skywalker Reincarnated. Wait. . . What??? That's so stupid! Those were my initial thoughts. Then after a week or so of digesting this idea, everything fell on my plate all at once. I had to eat up every idea of this theory, which is way more plausible and compelling than you might think. Stay with me here as I dive into another realm of geekiness. Let's start with the basics.
Rey Exhibits All of The Traits of a Skywalker
Rey is unnaturally gifted in the Force. She is not just attuned to the force like any other Jedi; there is a deep and focused calling to her. Her abilities as a pilot and a mechanic are innate and are beyond impressive. Guess who also had these abilities: Luke and Anakin. More so, an argument can be made that Anakin was the better pilot, and also the better mechanic. Besides that, she has the natural compassion, emotional range, story arc, and physical appearance of a Skywalker.
How Many Languages Does Rey Know?
Rey has shown the ability to speak Wookie and Droid and any other language thrown at her, something Luke was incapable of doing in The New Hope. Finn is even struck back by her knowledge. This could be nothing, but it does hint at a diverse and rich past.
Rey's Theme/"Jedi Steps"
During the middle of Rey's musical motif there is something that sounds eerily similar to something we've heard before. There is about a four to five second hint of the Imperial March in Rey's Theme. This could just be John Williams leading us on, or them just hinting she is part of the Skywalker clan; but why is it Vader's theme snuck in, and not Luke's?
Rey's Force Vision
Guess who didn't have a force vision when touching this lightsaber for the first time: Luke! Do you know when Jedi's typically have bizzare wierd visions? It's when they find/create their lightsaber. Ezra from the animated TV show Rebels experience some pretty wacked out visions in the episode "Paths of a Jedi" before creating his blade. Jedi have been known to go down this road many times. There is a reason Luke didn't receive a vision when he touched Anakin's lightsaber. It wasn't his. I'm sure he later tripped out when creating his green saber before defeating his father. The obvious line of reasoning here is that the ultimate Skywalker possession kept by Maz in her basement is calling back to its master.
Force Visions - Past and Future
Rey is experiencing events clearly from her past and future in her visions. One of these visions puts her, without question, on Cloud City. Before the final cut of the film, there was more than just rumors that we saw a snippet of Luke and Vader. That's not her past. Or is it? You know who else had memories of being there? You guessed it. Furthermore, she then sees the future of her facing Kylo Ren on Star Killer Base. There just so happens to be a former jedi named Anakin Skywalker who was well renowned for being able to see events before they happened.
Force Vision Voices
Regardless how you feel about Anakin's Force Ghost, it is established in canon. With that being said, there is no Hayden Christenson/Anakin cameos in Rey's visions. Yet, there is Yoda and Obi-Wan. Why would he not be there when she picks up the most cherished Skywalker Heirloom?
The Chosen One Prophesy is not yet fullfilled. Yes, you should believe the Chosen One prophesy which the creator of Star Wars, Lucas, totally invested his entire life into. The heart wrenching moment in the Revenge of the Sith where Obi-Wan has his final words with Anakin can't be for nothing. “You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them. You were to bring balance to the force, not leave it in darkness. . .You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you.” Those are too strong of words for there not be a resolution. A lot of people say that resolution is when Darth Vader came back to the light in Return of the Jedi. And yes, while this was the critical moment of redemption for Anakin, he did not bring balance to the force. Thirty years later, the shroud of the dark side is still there and the galaxy is in peril. The prophesy is not yet fulfilled.
Rey is The Awakening
The entire film is called THE FORCE AWAKENS, duh. I wonder what or who it is referencing to. . . . Kylo tapped into Rey's mind and awoke something he knew he shouldn't have. He then is very adamant about her being captured. He knows she's growing in power at a rate we have never seen in the Star Wars lore. “The longer she's free, the more dangerous she becomes.", he says. Supreme Leader Snoke also can sense an awakening at the time she starts to show some of her prowess in flight. When she is able to take ownership of the lightsaber, and tap into the force, we begin to see what a badass she is. Sure, she could have received training earlier in her life from Luke, but no child would be that strong unless the force chose them. Could they?
Doesn't This Just All Point to Her Being Luke's Daughter?
Everything I have stated this could however mean that's she just merely very in tune with the force, or be another line of reasoning for her being Luke's daughter, as are most of these lines of reasoning I've gone down. Think to yourself though, what would be the bigger impact? The Vegas betting odds are on her being Luke's daughter. This, however, would blow our socks off, which is what we want. Almost all of us want to relive “Luke, I am your Father” moment in The Empire Strikes Back. While nothing probably can ever hit that moment again, why not try? The emotional ramifications would be huge to say the least. For Kylo to suddenly realize that the thing he has idolized his entire life, is now what he has to face and destroy would carry such an enormous wallop of a gut punch. The entire lore would be enhanced. You know all of the Christ-Like imagery surrounding Anakin with the virgin birth, lowly upbringing and sacrifice. . . well this would be the second coming!
There is a very easy way to tie this into the plot of Episode Eight without convoluted expository crap. Rey is in a force cave with Luke and there is Yoda and Obi-Wan, but no Anakin. We don't think much of it till later Snoke says to Kylo in his menacing voice. “I sense it now. The Chosen One has returned. . . Vader. . .”. Quick cut to Rey. Either that, or Rey has a vision of her past life. It's all too easy. Search your feelings. . . You know it to be true. Rey is The Chosen One!