She’s undeniably strong in the Force… but is there a secret that explains her power?
Being the main protagonist of a Star Wars movie usually means you’re pretty strong in the Force. In the case of Rey, that’s something of an understatement. She’s able to mind trick stormtroopers and Force pull lightsabers with the best of them in record time, which has led to some controversy surrounding her character.
… but what if there’s a reason she is able to pick up on the Force so quickly? Many think it’s because she’s Luke’s daughter… but what if it’s something even crazier?
What if Rey is Anakin Skywalker?
*FORCE AWAKENS SPOILERS BELOW*
What the heck are you talking about?
There’s a fan theory making the rounds that claims it’s unlikely Rey is the daughter of Han Solo and Leia Organa, which makes perfect sense because their dialogue points to them only having a son (Ben Solo). In addition, the theory claims it’s unlikely that Rey is Luke’s daughter as his commitment to rebuilding the Jedi Order would have superseded any romantic ties that crossed his path.
So… that means Rey is Anakin Skywalker?
Well, to be fair Anakin doesn’t have a father. The prequels imply that Anakin was conceived by the Force, had twins (Luke and Leia), and then “died” to become Darth Vader… who Kylo Ren worships. The theory states that Kylo Ren talks to Vader as if he’s not dead and gone… as if he will come back ala Jesus Christ.
When Ren tries to control Rey during her interrogation, he discovers he can’t. The theory says that while Ren doesn’t fully understand her he can feel that she’s the one he’s been waiting for and offers to train her. Clearly he has plans for her that extend beyond his relationship with Snoke.
Remember that Ren wants more than anything to finish the work of Darth Vader, and he believes Rey can help him achieve that goal.
Why? Because she is Anakin Skywalker. She’s as powerful as he was before he had half his body replaces with cybernetics.
How do we know that?
The theory says that, unlike Luke, Rey has a very intense vision when she touches Anakin’s lightsaber. Those visions, according to the theory, are the “awakening” in the film. Rey is starting to remember her past life as Anakin and all the power that comes with that.
Rey also has the same lack of parental figures that Anakin suffered from, which is why he gravitated to Obi-Wan Kenobi and especially Palpatine. In The Force Awakens, Rey is drawn to Han Solo and Luke Skywalker as father figures that she never had growing up.
But how was she created? Is she a clone of some kind?
She would not be a clone. The theory states that it’s a Force assisted reincarnation. That would mean if Rey sticks to the light side, she would presumably be fulfilling the prophecy to bring balance to the Force that was mentioned in the prequel films.