Star Wars Force Awakens: Is Rey Related to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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I think at this point it’s safe to say that Star Wars Episode 7 is a success. Of all the characters introduced in the film, Rey stood out as being something of an amalgam of past ideas. Having aspects taken from Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and some originality thrown in for good measure, Rey has made a lasting impression on the fandom community. The latest Jedi, and main protagonist of the film, the young girl from Jakku’s past is still surrounded by mystery. We don’t know for certain where Rey originally came from, who her family is, or if she has any direct ties to the rest of the cast in that regard.

While the implication seems to be strongly pointed toward her being the daughter of Luke Skywalker, or perhaps a distant relative, there are other options out there for where Rey came from. Could it be that Rey has a direct tie to Obi-Wan Kenobi rather than Skywalker? Could she potentially be the granddaughter of Ben, held on the planet of Jakku for her protection? We certainly don’t know the answer 100% but we’ll walk through the clues and see if we can dig into this theory a little further.

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One of the major clues we have going for this theory is Rey’s accent. Considering she was raised on a junk world, it’s strange to see that she has a British accent. Obviously, the origins of accents are a little dubious in the Star Wars universe since Europe doesn’t actually exist, but were she to pick it up from somewhere, who would she have gotten it from, Luke? Its arguable that Luke may have become infatuated with a woman who had the accent who imprinted on Rey, but more likely, I could see her having developed it from her parents who got it from Obi-Wan Kenobi.

The idea is also a tad difficult to swallow in that Obi-Wan was a staunch Jedi, and Jedi weren’t exactly the marrying kind. However, there’s a long time in Ben’s life that’s unaccounted for and who’s to say he wasn’t able to find a wife and settle down on Tattooine? The idea that Luke had a child is just as difficult to believe as Kenobi, considering they’re both Jedi. Rey also performs a lot of actions that are similar to Obi-Wan’s in the Episode 4: A New Hope, such as mind controlling one of the Stormtroopers to release her, which was similar to Obi-Wan waving away the two Empire goons in the dessert.

On top of these ideas, both Ewan McGregor and Alec Guiness have a part in Episode 7 as their voices boom through during one of Rey’s “awakenings” within the Force. Considering their voices both splash onto the scene of the film directly with one of the most important times in Rey’s development, it could be argued that her ties with the Kenobi family could be the reasoning behind their inclusion into the film. Obi-Wan Kenobi has always been an important facet of the Star Wars mythos, and having Rey be related would be a big way to bring him back into the fold.

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    • cor2879
    • 265 Posts in 17 Months

    I think I like this better than having her be Luke's daughter, for some reason. I guess kind of like you said it gives Obi Wan a more lasting legacy in the current stage of the series. However, having said that, I do still think it's far more likely that she is Luke's daughter.

    • Brainiac5
    • 88 Posts in 24 Months

    The ONLY thing really going for Rey possibly being related to Obi-Wan is the voice. The same folks that keep saying this don't take into account that maybe her mother had the same accent. This is a FAR weaker argument than the argument of her being related to Luke.

  1. I think the order of Jedi needs to modernise. All them Jedi Masters furiously masturbating because they are not allowed to have personal relationships with normal human beings. Or alien beings. Next you know we will find all sorts of scandal as Jedi are linked to excessive visiting to orphanages, and their insistence that they need to find new Jedi very young will just not wash.

  2. It's unlikely that Obi Wan is Rey's father. More likely her grandfather. She is too young to be his daughter, unless the Jedi have sperm banks for future impregnation!

    • Kevin
    • 524 Posts in 24 Months

    I think I already posted this in another article but here is my theory of what happened. It not only explains Rey but also why Ben fell to the dark side. Luke begins to train Ben Solo, taking him as his padawan. He is slowly building up the order but Ben is clearly the best student and Ben strives to prove himself, feeling he must live up to the Skywalker legacy (maybe even, at times, demanding to be known as a Skywalker and not a Solo, as the Solos are just dregs of the Galaxy). Then, one day 10 years before Episode VII, Luke and Ben arrive on a distant planet, Luke feeling the pull of the force. There he meets the Kenobis...Obi Wan's family. Namely Obi Wan's brother, now an old man himself but who remembers stories of the big brother he never got to meet because he was sent to the Temple. Luke also meets little Rey Kenobi, who is force senstive. He is ecstatic... this is a chance to honor Obi wan's memory, to train Obi wan's grand niece. But Ben is mad. HE is the best Jedi! He is a Skywalker! How dare his master focus in on some little girl, some... Kenobi. His negative feelings call to Snoke, who approaches Luke claiming to be merely force sensitive himself, only for everyone to learn later he is of the Dark Side. Snoke convinces Ben he must take his place as the greatest of Force Users... and slaughter all those that might surpass him. The Knights of Ren, led by young Ben, murder Luke's other students. Luke arrives to battle them but can't bring himself to strike Ben down. Ben leaves, taunting he will kill the Kenobis and wipe out their line. Luke sends a broadcast to the Kenobis, warning them to flee. They go to Jakku but realizing that the Knights are closing in, they leave Rey behind and serve as a distraction, blowing up their ship so that the Knights believe the Kenobis are dead. Rey is Rey Kenobi, the last Kenobi. Kylo's comment "I will finish... what you started" isn't about bringing peace to the galaxy... he will finish Anakin's work and destroy all the Kenobis (his line about training her was a ruse... he would have stabbed her the moment she agreed, saying "The first lesson... don't trust so easily"). This trilogy will see things reversed, with a Skywalker training a Kenobi.

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