“A prophecy . . . that misread could have been.” (this is an English adaptation – with some additions – of my original text on http://www.armazempop.com.br/blog/cinema/teorias-sobre-rey-e-o-futuro-de-star-wars/) WARNING: the text below has spoilers from "The Force Awakens". The main question that stay in the minds of fans after seeing the movie is about Rey’s origin and family, which are not revealed in this episode. The most common theory on the internet so far is that she is the daughter of Luke Skywalker, based on the evidence about the lightsaber “calling”. There is also an "easter egg" in Rey’s home - a rag doll made of white and orange cloth that resembles a rebel pilot - which could be an indication of her family origin. However, this rag doll can easily be her own creation based on the dozens of dead pilots that must exist in the X-Wings ruins in Jakku. I want to register here a theory that came to my head as I watched the film 3 times and after reviewing the new trilogy (which tells the origin of Anakin): Rey is not Luke's daughter, but is the new chosen on, "conceived by the Force" as Anakin Skywalker. The film gives much more evidence in that direction than to her being Luke's daughter. Let's look at the clues: - Rey proves to be an excellent pilot in the film, almost instinctively, without practice or training. Her piloting of the Millennium Falcon shows that. She even tells Finn after the escape from Jakku that she had never done that before. - Rey also knows how to fix things in an unusual way, being more familiar with the Falcon than Han Solo himself. Han’s awkwardness is noticeable in several scenes. Rey’s first contact with the Millenium Falcon - Rey possess a very strong connection with the Force, apparently much stronger than Kylo Ren. Although Kylo have been trained by Luke himself, he does not overcome Rey, neither on mind powers nor lightsaber. - Rey seems to speak every language in the galaxy. The movie draws attention to this several times, as she communicates with native Jakku, BB-8 and Chewbacca. Even Finn gets surprised by that. You can understand that she speaks droid, but Wookie? I don’t think there are enough Wookies in the galaxy for her understand the language so well ... Rey understands BB-8, Chewbacca, and everyone else she meets in the movie Note that ALL the above points are subtly but explicitly mentioned in the dialogues: Rey confess that she never piloted a ship like that before, Han makes weird faces when seeing her fixing the Falcon, Finn is astonished that she understands Chewbacca, etc. These are not plot holes, but clearly clues deliberately included in the movie. It could be argued that she has these skills because she is a descendant from Anakin. However, it those powers were passed from father to son, Luke should also have them. Let’s look at the facts about Luke’s natural skills when he was discovering the Force: - Yes, Luke was a "good" pilot, but not a natural-born or exceptional pilot. He trained a lot on Tatooine shooting rats, as he says in Episode IV. Luke also wanted to go to the Academy and get training, which shows that he didn’t judge himself good enough. Later he does fly an X-Wing and destroys the Death Star, but does not stand out at all in the battle, only using the Force to aim the final shot. His piloting skill in the battle was nothing exceptional. - Luke never shows aptitude for mechanics and to fix things. He is easily fooled by a droid (R2-D2), failing to access the complete Leia message and even let R2 get away!! Compare the scene where Luke enters the Falcon for the first time with the Rey’s first time: Luke is totally lost on the ship, even asking Han what are the flashing lights!! He doesn’t even know anything about the hyperdrive!! In Rey’s first time, she already fully mastered the craft, impressing and even exceeding Han Solo himself in her understanding of the ship! Luke’s first contact with the Falcon! Does it resemble Rey’s? - Luke took too long to have Force powers, having almost the same age as Rey. In Episode IV, the only thing he does is to hit the target at the Death Star and defend some lasers while training in the Falcon. At the beginning of Episode V, three years later, he can only, with great difficulty, attract the lightsaber to his hand using the Force. Only after training with Yoda he improves his powers. Rey, on her first day with the Force awakened, can overcome Kylo Ren’s mind torture, does mind tricks with stormtroopers and attracts lightsabers. Also, isn’t it strange that without any training, she overcomes Kylo Ren, who was trained by Luke himself? If both were grandsons of Anakin, they should have similar hereditary powers, and Kylo would have advantage because of his training! With three years of practice, the Force is still weak in Luke - Luke never shows any skills with languages. When he meets R2-D2, he doesn’t understand him and needs C-3PO as an interpreter, and never shows any kind of language skills. Luke doesn’t understand neither R2-D2 nor mechatronics! Now let us compare Rey’s similarities with Anakin: - Anakin was an excellent mechanic, building C-3PO and a pod while still a kid. Remember him saying that he "could fix anything"? Anakin mechanical skills haven’t passed on to Luke - Anakin was also a natural born pilot, flying even ships in which he had no training and from cultures unknown to him. Other than flying pods with proficiency in Episode I, he even pilots alone a Naboo fighter and destroys a Federation starship! In the Star Wars universe, Anakin is the only one piloting unknown ships - When we see Anakin at the Rey’s age, he already has Jedi training, so we can’t compare his powers with an untrained Rey. However, in Episode II it is said that Anakin is already very powerful and is thought to be even better than Yoda with a lightsaber. - Anakin has a gift with languages as well. He never needs an interpreter, and his piloting of the Naboo fighter demonstrates his adaptability to new cultures. There is even a deleted scene in the original trilogy DVD’s that shows Anakin speaking droid, something unheard of in the Star Wars universe. All of these pieces of evidence show that Rey has A LOT of similarities to Anakin but none to Luke. Also, we must remember that if Luke actually followed the Jedi code, he would have taken no wife and had no children. Would he repeat the same mistake of Anakin, knowing about what happened to him? Recalling the mysterious origin of Anakin, the information we have from Episode I is that he was conceived without a father. His connection to the force is also off the charts. In Episode III, Palpatine tells Anakin about the Sith Master Darth Plagueis, who was told to be able to create life right out of the Force, implying that this was Anakin’s origin. The Jedi Council was also familiar with the matter. In Episode I, Qui-Gon tells the council that Anakin seemed to be conceived by the Force, and was questioned by Mace Windu: “You're referring to the prophecy of the one who will bring balance to the Force...you believe it's this boy??” Now comes the most important point of the theory: THE PROPHECY WAS NOT REFERRING TO ANAKIN, BUT TO REY! This is supported by Yoda’s line in Episode III: Much has been discussed about the title of the new film, “The Force Awakens”. If this theory is correct, it means that the actual fulfillment of the prophecy will happen now with Rey. This is the awakening of the Force! There has been a lot of discussion on on the Internet about Supreme Leader Snoke being Darth Plagueis, the master of Darth Sidious and creator of Anakin. If Palpatine’s statement of Anakin being created by Plagueis is true, this means that Anakin was not be the real chosen one, but only a ploy created by the Sith to emulate the prophecy and deceive the Jedi into thinking that he was the one. Therefore, Rey should be the real chosen one that the prophecy talked about, being really conceived by the light side of the Force, and not by a Sith Lord. How could the chosen one be Anakin, a profane dark side experiment by a Sith Lord? Rey being the chosen one also explains another apparent “plot hole” of The Force Awakens. Why was Lor San Tekka holding Luke’s map on the same planet as Rey? Is that a huge coincidence? I don’t think so! Lor San Tekka, who had a strong Force connection and head of the church of the Force, was on Jakku because his studies of the prophecy showed that the chosen one should emerge there!! There is no such thing as coincidences! I believe that this theory is very believable because it harmonizes all the clues of Rey’s similarities with Anakin and provides a kind of redemption to the original trilogy. May the force be with you!