Obi-Wan Kenobi Could Be Rey’s Grandfather In 'The Force Awakens', Which Would Explain A Lot — UPDATE

Another day, another Star Wars theory ruined by some well-meaning higher-up who wants to crush all of our Force-loving dreams. Because, on Friday, J.J. Abrams revealed that Rey’s parents were not in Star Wars: The Force Awakens to an audience at the Tribeca Film Festival. And, as you can imagine, the Internet is up in arms about this news, because this basically lays waste to most of the theories that were out there about who Rey’s parents are. Who does that even leave behind as Rey’s parents? The possibilities are limited by her natural ability with The Force and that telling look she exchanged with Luke Skywalker. But with this recent blow to my Star Wars theory game, I’m resting heavily on this new idea that has started brewing in my brain: What if Rey is Obi-Wan Kenobi’s granddaughter?

(Update: In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Abrams clarified his comments about Rey's parentage at the TriBeCa Film Festival, saying, "What I meant was that she doesn’t discover them in Episode VII. Not that they may not already be in her world.")

OK, now here me out, because once you start to think about it, a lot of things start to make. Like the fact that Rey was able to master the Force in a way that overpowered even Kylo Ren, someone who had trained for years as an actual Jedi. For her Force to be so much greater than his says something about her lineage. She likely came from some form of parentage for whom the Force is incredibly strong. And who else can master the Force like Obi-Wan can? After all, he was the guy who taught Luke how to use the Force.

But there’s more, too. If Rey were a Kenobi, it would explain why she heard Obi-Wan’s voice when she touched Luke’s light saber. It wasn’t Luke’s voice she heard, or even, I don’t know, some rando who we’ll meet later in some big reveal of her lineage. No, it was most definitely Obi-Wan Kenobi who spoke to her in that very trippy, very telling moment. Plus, if she were a Kenobi, that would give she and Kylo Ren a pretty powerful connection, since Kylo Ren was named after Obi-Wan Kenobi.


And as if that weren’t enough, there’s also this super telling part: Remember that moment on the mountaintop when Rey finally finds Luke Skywalker and hands him his light saber? Remember that look they exchanged? Chilling. (It also went on for a touch too long, but I’m not one to criticize the Star Wars editing team in any way.) If Rey were Obi-Wan’s granddaughter — the distant result of some love child begot without anyone else knowing it — then that look that Luke gives her would make sense, because Luke is in possession of Obi-Wan’s journals. He totally would have read about whatever sordid little love affair created Rey’s mother or father and later would make Rey a reality.

It’s all coming together now, isn’t it?

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