J.J. Abrams Just Debunked A Major Theory About Rey's Parentage

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 - 2:05PM
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Wednesday, 02 November 2016 - 2:05PM
J.J. Abrams Just Debunked A Major Theory About Rey's Parentage
Star Wars (as J.J. Abrams admits) has had a tradition of really messed up families, or maybe just one: the Skywalkers. Between making out with his sister, finding out his Dad is [spoiler alert] Darth Vader, and seeing his aunt and uncle's burned skeletons outside the family hut on Tatooine, it's a miracle Luke didn't develop the galaxy's weirdest Oedipus complex. But when it comes to Rey, the new Force-sensitive, saber-wielding protagonist of The Force Awakens, the whole question of parentage has been kept a mystery: all we know is that Rey was apparently abandoned on Jakku by her mother and father. But that hasn't stopped fans from spinning out complex theories about who she's related to, which range from Obi-Wan to Bib Fortuna (okay, maybe not Bib Fortuna).

Today, though, an alert Tumblr user may have come across the final word on whether Rey is (or isn't) the daughter of Leia and Han Solo and the sister of Kylo Ren.

According to the transcript provided by user mummiesandlightsabers, J.J. Abram's audio commentary for the 3-D Collector's Edition of Star Wars: The Force Awakens drops a pretty considerable hint at the point where Kylo Ren is chasing Rey through the snowy forest:

Opening quote
"One of the new relationships that we were focusing on was between Kylo Ren and Rey. They've never met but he's heard of this girl. And so, now comes a moment when their meeting is inevitable. […]
Closing quote


That's right: they've never met. If Kylo and Rey were siblings, you'd think they would have grown up together, or at least seen one another once. Han and Leia separated at some point, but it seems like a stretch that baby Kylo and baby Rey would be total strangers from birth. Even Luke and Leia technically "met" when they were delivered from Padme on Polis Massa. But hey, let's say babies can't "meet" each other. What about Rey and Leia? Remember when they hug after Han Solo dies tragically lives forever? Was that a mother-daughter hug? Here's JJ's comments on that scene:

Opening quote
"But this moment, I think, is actually lovely and the idea that these two women who'd never met knew of each other, and they're both Force-strong and they're both bound by their loss and their strength."
Closing quote


If Rey was Leia's child, they wouldn't have been strangers, the way Abrams describes them—they would have "met" at some point (unless we have a grievous misunderstanding of the process of human birth). But even if we take a step back from semantics, it's pretty clear that Abrams is saying that Rey had no previous relationship to Kylo or Leia, which pretty much rules out the possibility that she's a part of the Solo clan. The comment about Kylo also makes it very unlikely that Rey was one of Luke's former padawans, which were almost entirely wiped out by Kylo.

So we've got three theories left: Rey may be Luke's daughter (although you'd think that she would have met her cousin at some point), Obi-Wan's daughter, or the daughter of someone else entirely. This is turning into a weird, intergalactic version of The Jerry Springer Show, but hey, as we said before, Abrams admits that weird family relations are a tradition in Star Wars. According to the same transcript:

Opening quote
We made [Kylo Ren] aware of Vader, as he would be living in a post-Vader time and made him the son of Leia Organa and Han Solo. And in doing so, continued another Star Wars tradition of having really screwed up families.
Closing quote


You're a real piece of work, Abrams.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to release on December 15th, 2017.
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