Sunday, January 3, 2016

Why Star Wars fan theories about Rey need to be wrong

Source: The Verge

The Verge has a great opinion piece about Rey. Here is an excerpt.

Of all the many successes Episode VII has going for it — including wiping away the stain of the prequel trilogy — Rey stands out as the film's greatest achievement. She's awesome; she defeated a powerful Dark Jedi in single combat without an iota of training. And yet by movie's end, there's still so much about her we don't know. She’s the ideal character for a fan community that lives off raw speculation. Fittingly, the internet is completely awash in theories about Rey.

The most heated fan theory pertains to Rey’s parents; by way of Leia or Luke, she is the child of a Skywalker. Given her innate gift with the Force without formal training, the lineage seems likely. But I hope this is a misdirect. The idea that the fate of the galaxy rests on the shoulders of a single group of Chosen People is counter to the work Disney has done creating a new, more inclusive saga with its characters.

Last year, Disney made the shrewd, if polarizing, decision to make the entire Star Wars Expanded Universe non-canonical, branding its countless storylines Legends. The rationale was simple: erase the established universe to make way for a new canon that could be built upon for decades to come. Fans were dismayed; it meant that they would never see stories like the Heir to the Empire trilogy on the big screen. But if nothing else, it gave the company a clean slate to tell new stories about characters that have nothing to do with the Skywalkers, a family the novels and comics effectively turned into a kind of interstellar aristocracy.

In the Star Wars Legends stories, Luke, Leia, and Han have children who are all strong in the Force. In the midst of ongoing conflict in the galaxy, their children are central figures, with some even falling to the Dark Side. The Skywalkers' importance carries on for more than a century in these stories, as it’s clear they’re forever destined to be the greatest of the Jedi. Some theories already claim Rey and Kylo Ren are parallels of Jaina and Jacen Solo, the twin children of Leia and Han who are forced to battle one another.



  1. My God, FINALLY a written piece and not a video!

  2. SHe HAS to be a Skywalker!
    The saga tells us the story of the skywalker family, mentioned multiple times everywhere.
    I bet her staff is a lightsaber pike!

  3. It's Disney, so there has to be a romantic ending. I think kylo and rey are unrelated, and that they are going to end up together

  4. It's Disney, so there has to be a romantic ending. I think kylo and rey are unrelated, and that they are going to end up together

  5. She has to be Luke's daughter. The Force is strong with the Skywalker family because Aniken was born without a father out of Midichlorians. Therefore the descendants of this lineage would be the the strongest in the force. Also after being separated from her twin at birth there is no way in heck Leia would abandon her daughter on a desolate world. Han would have looked for her as well.

    1. Unless they thought she was dead, or needed to be hidden away from Snoke.