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"I've Seen This Raw Strength In You Once Before..."

Updated on October 15, 2017
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Rey dueling Kylo Ren
Rey dueling Kylo Ren

In any epic movie series, fan theories, plot holes, and editing mistakes are par for the course. We love the surprises (R.I.P. Han), but we would also like to make our predictions for any major plot points. Star Wars is no exception; rather, it's likely at the forefront of fan theories.

In trying to determine Rey's parentage prior to the release of the film, t's very important at this point to bring up what Daisy Ridley herself said:

"I thought a lot was answered in The Force Awakens. Then after the screening I went for a drink with my agent and everyone, and we were chatting away and I realized that oh, in their minds it’s not answered at all!

I think curiosity is a wonderful thing. And I do find it quite funny that people keep asking about it. Just yesterday a guy asked to take a picture with me and went, 'Is Luke your dad?' And I was like, 'Chill out, you’ll see!' "

Clearly, Ridley thought Rey's parentage was hiding in plain sight, so to speak. This rules out many of the theories, and really leaves only two possibilities. As much as I would like to see Rey as a Kenobi, this is highly unlikely with her statement. That leaves her lineage to either Skywalker or Solo, a grandchild of Anakin Skywalker either way.

Solo?!? What? Wouldn't they know if they had another child? Of course they would. Notice they movie never said they did not have any other children. Now hang in there. Theories are just a series of stepping stones, so follow along. She is, however, without a doubt, a grandchild of Darth Vader himself.

During Episode VII, Kylo Ren is 29 years old, while Rey is 19. The Mouse authorized novelization of the new series and the events leading up to it put Kylo Ren at the age of 17 or just a little younger when he turned to the dark side. This would make Rey under seven years old when she was abandoned.

Rey being abandoned as a child.
Rey being abandoned as a child.

It's quite coincidental that Rey was abandoned at the same time Kylo turned to the dark side. It's as if rather than abandoning her, Rey's parents were actually hiding her. Good thing, too, considering what the Knights of Ren did to the Jedi Temple several years later. Okay, so how's this anything different than expanding on already existing theories? There's a little gem that seems to have gone unnoticed by most of geekdom, when speaking to Rey (:51 in the preview), Luke says:

"I've seen this raw strength in you once before... it didn't scare me enough then.

It does now."

Wait? What? Luke already knew Rey. For this to have happened, it would obviously have to be both before he went into hiding and before she was abandoned. What power could this be? We are shown in the preview, in the very middle of the quote. Luke speaking is interrupted by memories of his hand in burning rubble and the burning temple.

Luke's mechanized hand in the rubble.
Luke's mechanized hand in the rubble.
Luke and R2 in front of the burning temple.
Luke and R2 in front of the burning temple.

These snippets are nothing like the scenes provided in Episode VII showing the Knights of Ren when they came to kill the Jedi and the padawans. It stands to reason that the strength which he has seen in Rey before was when she likely lost control of her great strength as a young child, and caused the destruction scene in the above photos.

How this plays into Kylo turning is a great mystery. Perhaps something from Episode VII, previous previews, or upcoming previews may fill in the blanks for those that keep a weary eye. Back to the question of Rey's parentage.

Rey is not a Solo. Sorry for the let down. Kylo would have felt a link through the force. We all know how this works.

That leaves Luke. Rey is a Skywalker, through and through. She is Luke's daughter, and he put her into hiding in the same environment in which he grew up. He knew the dark side of the force would be searching for her and her great power. Keep in mind one of the great plot holes of Episode VII: How was Rey able to so readily wield a light saber, and stand up to a battle hardened Dark Jedi (yes... Kylo is not a Sith)? Yes, he was injured. Yes, he was full of emotion... but that emotion should have made him stronger than ever before.

Her training as a padawan was coming back to her. She was remembering the techniques showed to her as a child. She was remembering what her memory recalled in the vision, when as a child she screamed, "Nooo!"

Watch the final seen of Episode VII again, bearing these thoughts in mind. Keeping in mind that Luke is scared of Rey's power already. Keeping in mind that she remembers what she did, but she knows what she has to do. Keeping in mind how much she missed him.

See the fear and trepidation in the way Luke pauses, in the way he slowly turns. See the burning regret in Rey's eyes. See how much she has missed her father since he abandoned her for her own safety, as well as that of the entire galaxy. She has come back to learn the ways of the force, and he must try to tame the great power or risk losing it to the dark side.


Watch the trailer again below, see what else may have been missed:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Official Trailer

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