The internet has debated who Rey’s parents are for years, and we’re less than 14 days away from learning the truth. Which characters can we eliminate from contention? Battlefront II SPOILERS ahead…
Even though the mystery surrounding Rey’s parentage has been overshadowed by some of the other questions we have going into Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it’s still a pretty big deal. We’re only two weeks away from finding out the answer, so let’s narrow the field a bit and determine which characters aren’t Rey’s mother and father, bearing in mind that I’m not an authority on this issue whatsoever.
While the trailers haven’t given us a ton of information about the rapport between Luke and Rey, what we have seen doesn’t exactly look like a father-daughter relationship. Also, there’s a line in The Force Awakens that makes it seem like Luke is not the one who left Rey alone in the desert.
After Rey picks up Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber for the first time, Maz Kanata tells her this:
“Dear child. I see your eyes. You already know the truth. Whomever you‘re waiting for on Jakku… they’re never coming back… But… there’s someone who still could.”
Rey responds with only one word: Luke.
Since Luke represents Rey’s future, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to make him also represent her past.
Han and Leia
Another popular theory heading into the release of The Force Awakens was that Rey and Kylo Ren were brother and sister, the children of Han Solo and Leia Organa. However, while there are some hints towards Rey being connected to Kylo in some way, them being brother and sister would make a few scenes in The Force Awakens kind of weird. While Han takes a liking to Rey pretty quickly, he definitely doesn’t act like a father who is seeing his daughter for the first time in over a decade.
If the big twist ends up confirming a hunch that many of us had going into The Force Awakens, then it isn’t much of a twist at all.
Iden Versio and Del Meeko
The latest big theory to hit the internet involves two characters who don’t make an appearance in any of the films. The main character of Star Wars: Battlefront II has generated a lot of online speculation, and as you could probably expect, fans have connected Iden’s story to Rey’s. While Iden and Del manage to build a new life for themselves by having a daughter after the fall of the Empire, the Force doesn’t seem to be strong in either of their families.
It is possible that Obi-Wan got lonely on Tatooine and had a kid who eventually became Rey’s mother or father. However, most of the arguments people use to validate this theory rely on nostalgia and the fact that it would be really cool if it were true. Wouldn’t it be cool if a Skywalker trained a Kenobi in the same way a Kenobi trained a Skywalker? Wouldn’t it be cool if Obi-Wan and Darth Vader’s grandkids had a lightsaber duel that mirrored their grandparents’ duel? Yes, it would be cool, but if Rey is a secret Kenobi, why did Leia seem to recognize her? I still hope this theory turns out to be true, but right now there just isn’t enough evidence.
So this one sounds crazy, but if you looked hard enough, you could probably find a tinfoil hat-wearing Star Wars fan who thinks Rey is half Mon Calamari. However, there is one key piece of evidence standing in the way of this theory becoming a reality, aside from the fact that Rey doesn’t look like a fish-woman.
J.J. Abrams has previously said that Rey’s parents are not in The Force Awakens, and since Admiral Ackbar can be seen at the Resistance Base towards the end of the film, it looks like he’s off the hook from child support payments. Close call, Admiral.