Kylo Ren and Rey…

It is no secret that since Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens opened in theaters to some of the greatest fanfare known to mankind on December 18th, 2015, a flood of theories about all the new (and even the old) characters have taken over social media. Speculations, opinions, ideas…Star Wars fans all over the world have put together some amazing (and sometimes ridiculous) explanations for all the new plot twists, character introductions, and shocking events in the latest installment of the George Lucas’s brain child and Disney’s latest acquisition. From the force-sensitive Rey being the long lost daughter of either Jedi Master Luke Skywalker or the loveable smuggler/heartthrob Han Solo to the menacing Supreme Leader Snoke actually being Jar Jar Binks in disguise, the Internet is full of the results of not giving Star Wars loyalists another galactic chapter in the Skywalker family saga since the release of Revenge of the Sith in 2005. Actually, the deepest of fans would tell you they haven’t really seen a Star Wars movie since Return of the Jedi…

Perhaps one of the most mysterious characters revealed in The Force Awakens is Rey, a scavenger we first meet on the desert planet of Jakku. By the end of the film, all we really know about her for sure is that she may be one of most force-sensitive characters since, well, Luke Skywalker. She gets behind the controls of the Millennium Falcon and flies it like a pro, all while giving Han Solo a lesson in mechanical engineering. Her climbing talents give the impression that she learned parkour in the womb. She can shoot with perfect aim (without practice), skillfully wield a lightsaber (not an easy task, as was shown by Finn’s inability to hold his own using one to defend himself), communicate fluently in whatever language it is astromech droids speak – the only thing she can’t do is not do something amazing. So by the end of the movie, we all are thinking the same thing (well, after rejoicing to see Jedi-beard wearing Luke Skywalker) – who is this girl?

Strangely enough, Kylo Ren did not pose this question when he heard about her for the first time. He actually asks, “ WHAT GIRL?”, as if the thought of a particular girl on Jakku getting involved is of immense importance all of a sudden. This is one of the points that Redditor SackofLlamas calls attention to in a very interesting megathread on The Force Awakens. In his theory, he speculates that Rey was actually left on Jakku by none other than Kylo Ren himself. These are the main arguments he raises:

 

  • We can presume Luke was not present for the massacre or he would have stopped it.

  • During her force visions, she’s cringing on the ground as a weapon swings towards her…Kylo then kills the wielder (who would have been one of his own Knights of Ren).

  • Kylo feels strongly possessive of all things Skywalker (Vader’s helmet, the Bespin saber) and is known to struggle with strong impulses towards mercy/compassion.

  • The merchant she is left with, Plutt, seems to have a direct communication line with the First Order. He also doesn’t seem like a likely figure for a loving/grieving father to leave someone with.

  • When he interrogates her on Starkiller, he seems very genial/gentle with her. When he uses the Force to touch her mind, he tells her “I feel it too”. In the novelization, what they’re “feeling” in that moment is described as “a connection”.

  • When she escapes, he informs a trooper that she is testing her powers and that “with every moment that passes she grows more dangerous”. That doesn’t sound like he’s talking about an untrained force sensitive.

  • When left on Jakku, Rey is wearing what looks like a Padawan outfit, and the silhouette of the departing ship looks almost identical to a First Order drop ship.

  • Also in the novelization, Kylo whispers “It IS you” when she pulls the Bespin saber from the snow, and she thinks to herself “he seemed to know more about her than she knew about herself”.

  • Kylo persistently shows more interest in capturing/training Rey than in killing her.

The only thing that might NOT support it, also from the novelization, is that as part of Rey’s vision sequence she hears a voice that says “I’ll come back, sweetheart. I promise.” This doesn’t rule OUT Ben Solo entirely (she does see a vision of Kylo Ren during the same sequence)…if he spared her in a moment of compassion he might have genuine warmth of feeling for her, and Kylo Ren might not have totally asserted himself as the dominant personality yet. But it does raise the question of whether a remark like that is tonally appropriate for the character.
The massacre he refers to at the beginning is the one seen in Rey’s vision she receives after touching what turns out to be Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber.

From the points above, I would definitely agree with SackofLlamas about the Kylo Ren/Rey connection. I hope this turns out to be true as the next two films in the new trilogy are released. One theory I’m hoping turns out to be true is the theory of Rey being Luke’s daughter…can someone say ‘Too predictable” with me…?

Here is the link to the full comments on Reddit:  Tell me what YOU think of the theory above, and check out my spoiler-free review of The Force Awakens!

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