From Han and Leia to Obi-Wan, and Darth Sidious to Qui-Gon, the Star Wars fandom has pretty much bet on every possible pairing (with an exception of Tag and Bink) to be revealed as Rey’s parents.
And while just about any fan theory holds as much possibility as the next, I believe the answer lies partially in my own half-baked-yet-overcooked idea:
Rey is Luke’s daughter. Kinda.
Similar to how it has been all but confirmed that Anakin was conceived through Force by either Darth Sidious’ (or his master’s) doing, it may be possible that Luke, in his quest to counter the darkness that the Empire and the Sith–including Lord Vader–have plummeted the galaxy into, may have resorted to the very means that created Anakin.
Yep, perhaps Rey, much like Anakin, may have been “Force-conceived” (really not loving that term) by Luke in the womb of a woman with Force sensitivity similar to Shmi Skywalker’s. After all, if a child created by a Sith had the potential to sink the galaxy in darkness for half a century, perhaps a child created by a Jedi may be what’s needed to bring the light back.
Out there? Yes, but that’s not all.
Since Disney’s take over of LucasFilm, the mythscape of the Star Wars universe has changed. Where previously only the films were considered hard canon, with the animated series serving as a sort of unacknowledged-but-still-canon stuffing in the galactic turkey, this new era of Star Wars seems bent on building a united, cohesive, story-telling front.
From inclusion of characters like Saw Gerrera, a creation of the Clone Wars animated series, to re-canonization of Vader’s castle, and even tiny Easter eggs such as hyperspace tracking connecting Rogue One to The Last Jedi, the Disney age of Star Wars brings promise of an “it’s all connected” franchise.
The key to Rey’s parents begins with the simple point of her age. Assuming her to be around the same age as Kylo Ren, it would makes sense that Rey’s parents would be of similar age to Kylo’s.
The second, in what’s hopefully a long-lasting series to come, Solo: A Star Wars Story achieves much which the actual Prequel Trilogy failed to accomplish. However, given the unique position of being in its own spin-off franchise of sorts, Solo is afforded the freedom to do what the prequels couldn’t: setting the stage for a more diverse exploration of the Star Wars universe.
Alongside brief mentions regarding the death of a certain fan favourite bounty hunter, as well as references to Jabba the Hutt, Solo pretty much dropped a moon on the audience with the revelation of Darth Maul’s (now just going as “Maul”) return.
First revealed in the episodes of the Clone Wars TV series, Maul’s return has had more of an impact than one would have expected. Although his appearance in Star Wars Rebels was somewhat expected given its status as another “Star Wars animation,” Maul’s cameo in Solo suggests much bigger plans for the character.
Like being Rey’s father.
Maybe crazy, but still not as out there as a reincarnation of Anakin, I think. Even with Maul’s death having occured a good decade or so before Rey’s birth, it’s near impossible to tell if pregnancy by Force would actually adhere to the same rules of a normal one. But before we argue gestation in Star Wars, let’s remember we’re talking about a guy who came back after being sliced in half.
When we end Solo, we see Han’s former love Qi’ra not only positioning herself as the replacement to her ex-boss, Dryden Vos, but also being beckoned to Maul’s side. While this still leaves much up to interpretation, it wouldn’t be too far off to assume that Maul may have some Sith-parallel intentions for Qi’ra.
With her ease of way with people, obvious manipulation skills, talent in armed and unarmed combat, it could be easily assumed that Qi’ra, like Dryden before her, may have been a Force-sensitive being and apprentice of sorts to Maul’s own brand of teaching. After all, Maul’s return to life was accompanied by his disillusionment with Palpatine and the Sith way—it would be within his desire to break off from his old life and perhaps begin planting the seeds for his own empire: Crimson Dawn.
As for Rey, well this brings me back to my earlier point about her being Luke’s daughter—or more specifically, her possibly being the offspring of the Force at the hands of a Jedi… or ex-Sith.
Anyone who’s watched The Phantom Menace would recall Maul’s demise having involved the loss of his lower half. And if one were to assume that a Zabrak’s anatomy wasn’t all too far from a human’s, Maul may be incapable of performing certain tasks.
Like sex. I’m talking about him having no penis and not being able to have sex. Also, Rey clearly isn’t half Zabrak.
But given his master’s repertoire of abilities, and Maul’s own background on Dathomir, the idea of utilising the Force in such a radical manner may be plausible. Indeed, if he sought to avenge himself against Palpatine, creating his own “child of the Force” would be the perfect way to counter the Sidious and Vader duo.
It would also explain—without having to completely undo-Kylo’s revelation of Rey’s parents being nobodies. If Rey’s birth is anything like Anakin’s, the “father” of the child may remain unknown while Qi’ra herself remains largely incognito to the galaxy, much like Maul’s role in Crimson Dawn.
And if all of these didn’t already make the connection between Maul, Qi’ra and Rey blatant—here’s another little nugget: in early drafts of Episode VII by screenwriter Michael Arndt (who worked off George Lucas’s original ideas), the trilogy was centred on a character named Kira. While the spelling eventually evolved into “Keera” it would only be during early filming that Abrams decided on re-naming the character Rey.