Warning: this article contains potential spoilers from Star Wars: Episode IX.
The mystery of who Rey’s parents are in Star Wars has dogged fans ever since The Force Awakens was released three years ago.
We appeared to get an answer in The Last Jedi – that they were nobodies who abandoned the young future Jedi on Jakku for money – though a new fan theory suggests otherwise.
While we’ll take this with a pinch of salt, the suggestion by Film Threat is actually pretty convincing, so hear us out.
In short, they theorise that Rey’s parents are actually Han Solo and Qi’ra from Solo: A Star Wars Story, with Rey the result of an affair between them after the events of Return of the Jedi.
This could go some way to explaining why Han and Leia broke up, and why Kylo Ren is so resentful towards his father.
On top of that, it ties into the idea of balance in the Force, with Leia being on the Light Side and having a Dark Side child (Kylo), and Qi’ra on the Dark Side and having a Light Side child (Rey).
This theory also goes some way to explaining why Rey and Kylo have a connection in The Last Jedi, and why Han seems like a father figure to her in The Force Awakens.
In fact, Kylo may have told Rey that her parents were “nobodies” because he actually saw Han and Qi’ra as nobodies. After all, Star Wars does love a bit of clever wordplay to mislead – for example, Obi-Wan telling Luke his father was “destroyed” by Darth Vader.
Still, there are big flaws. For one, Snoke told Rey that he created her connection with Kylo, and having to explain who Rey’s parents are in Episode IX despite at least one of them being dead would be a somewhat unsatisfying emotional payoff.
On top of that, it would detract from the great idea of Rey being a heroine who has come from nothing and isn’t connected to some grand lineage. Plus, not many people saw Solo, so whether fans would be that excited by this reveal is debatable.
We’ll just have to wait and find out when Star Wars: Episode IX is released on December 20, 2019.
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