I dare not venture into the SA forums now that filming is well underway, and since I couldn't find a thread for it here (admittedly, I didn't try very hard,) I thought I'd start it up here. My wife cracked a joke while watching TFA today, and the more I think about it, the more fun I started to have with the idea. Here we go: Rey's father is - wait for it - YODA. I know you're laughing, but I'm not kidding. Hear me out. #1 The music. We are meant to draw parallels between Rey and Anakin. See the attached video. In fact, the music presents us with the idea that Rey and Anakin are inverses of each other. #2 Many people believe that Rey is a Skywalker, some even believing she's a clone of Anakin. But let's be honest, Luke delivering a "Rey, I am your father" moment would be more on the nose than all of TFA combined. What if, instead, she's a Skywalker in the same way that Anakin was? #3 With the EU firmly in the garbage can for now, we can still make assumptions from the PT about Anakin's birth. We know from Shmi that his conception was immaculate, and we know from Palpatine that it is possible for dark side Force users to create life. Given Palpatine's intense interest in Anakin, it is still reasonable to assume that either he or Plagueis was Anakin's creator, for lack of a better word. #4 "I think it's time we inform the senate that our ability to use the Force has diminished." That was a bizarre plot point, don't you think? Notice when it happened? About the time Anakin began nearing his destiny. His connection to the Force as both a Jedi and a creation of the dark side are big enough plot points that these two events may not be coincidental. Keep in mind that Sidious was the only one who knew about the Force "diminishing." #5 Fast forward to TFA. The "who is Rey's family" bit is anything but subtle. JJ and company obviously WANT us to draw the conclusion that she is Luke's daughter. But if it's both obvious and the truth, why keep it a mystery? #6 When Rey touches Luke's saber, she has a vision. Only it's not Luke's - it's Anakin's. The only saber we can truly call Luke's was the green one used in RotJ. And what does she hear when touching Anakin's saber? Yoda and Obi-Wan. Gee - where have I seen Yoda, Obi-Wan, and Anakin together prior to the events of TFA? (Fun fact - Maz keeps the saber in a box that looks an awful lot like one Ben had in ANH.) #7 The end of RotS, all of ESB and RotJ, as well as the Mortis and Morriband arcs of TCW make it clear that force ghosts can act through the Force after their deaths. Qui-Gon instructs Obi-Wan how to retain his identity. (He also shows up for a really cool interaction with Ahsoka.) Obi-Wan helps Luke after his death. Yoda practically speaks directly to the Force in the Morriband arc and becomes a freaking living library. Even in Rebels, Yoda acts through the Force from across the galaxy to help Ezra. #8 "There's been an awakening. Have you felt it?" It was in the first trailer. It's the title of the movie. Obviously it has importance. What's going on when the Force Awakens? Rey is nearing her destiny. Who knows about it? The big baddie - but presumably Luke as well. (He obviously knows more than he lets on when Rey shows up.) Put all of these together (and I had more ideas when I was watching TFA that I'vesince forgotten,) and I don't think it's far-reaching to suggest that Rey is Yoda's creation in the same way that Anakin was Palpatine's. It explains why she's perhaps a little more powerful than she should be otherwise. It explains why whiny Kylo Ren seems like an uber-powerful badass. It explains why she's connected to more than just Luke, gives a more plausible explanation for her orphaning by a family who "is never coming back," and most importantly, how TFA can still be about a Skywalker. After all, with all of this in place, Luke would be her father - from a certain point of view.