Could This Fan Theory Be the Answer to Rey's Big Star Wars Mystery?

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 - 1:14PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 - 1:14PM
Could This Fan Theory Be the Answer to Rey's Big Star Wars Mystery?
There have been some wildly entertaining fan theories emerging from Star Wars: The Force Awakens lately, from that crazy theory about Jakku being purgatory to the theory on Kylo Ren got Darth Vader's helmet, some of these theories are a little hard to believe, but most of them have just the right amount of logic to be possible. Such is the mysterious nature behind many of Star Wars: The Force Awakens' plotlines, fans have been left with numerous burning questions about the past and future of our new favorite heroes and villains. For nobody is this more true than Daisy Ridley's Rey. Throughout the entire movie, the heroic Jakku scavenger is so shrouded in mystery that we could probably write an entire book on all the questions we want answered about her, so it's unsurprising that many of the fan theories revolve around her backstory.

Aside from her miraculous use of the force, one of the biggest questions about Rey pertains to her ancestry, and who exactly it was that left her to fend for herself on Jakku. While there have been many theories thrown around in recent weeks, one particular theory stands out. This theory bucks the trend of suggesting that it was Luke Skywalker or Han and Leia who hid Rey on Jakku, and instead argues that the deed was carried out by another major character who also showed a degree of familiarity towards the scavenger.

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The character in question here is none other than Kylo Ren. 

The theory goes that Rey attended Luke's Jedi Academy as a youngling. Ben Solo, also in attendance at the academy probably took a shining to her during their time there, because who wouldn't take a shining to Rey? But when Ben became Kylo Ren and set about murdering his fellow academy students, his attachments to the lightside saw him spare young Rey's life. Instead of keeping Rey captive as a lasting reminder of his 'weakness', Kylo takes Rey to a backwater planet where she can be kept out of the grasp of Snoke and, more importantly, Luke Skywalker. Admitting to Snoke that he couldn't kill all the Jedi younglings would be one thing, but allowing Luke Skywalker to continue to train Rey in the side of the force that Kylo had rejected would have been far worse.

This inability to completely destroy the Jedi academy would be a never ending source of shame for Kylo as he seeks to emulate Anakin Skywalker, a man who we know had no concerns when it came to butchering younglings.


Those reading this theory tend to come up with the same questions. Many feel that the ages of the characters wouldn't make this possible, with a good number of fans believing that Rey and Kylo are roughly the same age. But that's not true. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens visual dictionary has Rey's age down as 19 at the time of the film, while Pablo Hidalgo, the author of that very book has previously confirmed that Kylo is around a decade older than his force-sensitive counterpart.


Assuming that Rey was approximately 5 years old at the time of the Academy's destruction, that would put Kylo at around 15-16 years old when he turned, and perfectly old enough to be going through such conflicts.

Another question I asked myself when reading this theory regarded that of Rey having experienced formal Jedi training. When we see Rey, she appears to have no prior knowledge of her force-sensitivity, leading to a miraculous 'awakening' towards the end of the film.  If Rey had received Jedi training, even if it was limited, she would surely be aware of her force sensitivity and put it to work as she was struggling for survival on Jakku. But what if Kylo had used his powers to help Rey conveniently forget this element of her past? It's not the most elegant explanation, but it certainly fits with Kylo's skill set.

What makes this theory such a good fit is that it perfectly explains Kylo's interactions with Rey during the first half of the movie. Kylo experiences a destructive rage when he learns that "a girl" had helped secure the Millennium Falcon from Jakku, and it's at this point he probably discovers that Rey is about to return to haunt him.

This theory also explains the panic Kylo feels when he attempts to access Rey's mind, only to discover that she has grown strong enough to potentially match him. "Untrained but stronger than she knows," are the words Kylo utters as he dispatches troops to recapture Rey, words that suggest that he knows his suppression of her mind will not last much longer.

Of course, what this theory doesn't solve is the puzzle of Rey's parents, but it would certainly add an incredibly interesting element to her character. This might all seem a bit crazy, but at least it's not "Rey is Anakin Skywalker reincarnated" crazy.
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