Until the next movie comes out and clears up Rey’s origins, I am going to believe that Rey is Darth Vader reborn as a woman.
For those who haven’t seen the movie, stop reading now and go see it. You really need to.
For those who have, here is my thinking:
Rey has many skills which she could not have learned as an abandoned child living as a scavenger on a wasteland of a planet. She can pilot a space ship, for example, and when Finn asks her how she did it, she responds, “I don’t know.”
The answer? Because she learned to pilot in her previous life. As DARTH VADER!
She also knows how to handle a light-saber. She can fight with one so well, in fact, that she out duels the movie’s baddie, the leader of the Knight of Ren, Kylo Ren. How could she be so good with a lightsaber without having ever held one before?
Because she learned to use one in her previous life as Darth Freaking Vader!
In addition to her Annakin Skywalker skillset, there are other scenes offering mysterious hints as to her origins. Kylo Ren, when he tries to use to force to mind control her, senses a connection between them. “Don’t be scared,” he says. “I feel it, too.” The nature of the connection is left vague, but my belief is that what he senses, and doesn’t yet realize, is that the young woman before him is none other than his grandfather, the man he idolizes and seeks to emulate.
Her fear of the light saber she once owned, her eventual claiming of same, the look of tragic sorrow in Luke’s eyes when they meet, a tragic sorrow informed by the fact that Luke knows she is his father– all of these things point Rey, whose name means “king” as Darth Vader.
How, then, could it have happened? Rumors have been circulating for some time that Darth Plagueis, who had the power to create life, would appear in the next film. There, it will be revealed that he brought Vader back to life in the shape of a female and hid him on Jakku to await the time when she could be called forth to embrace her heritage.
So, there you have it. Rey is Darth Vader. I’m not the only one who thinks so, by the way. Check out this link: Vader is Chick Now
Okay. Now, the truth is, I am sure this is all wishful thinking on my part. I look for TG stuff everywhere! In fact, my first thought was that she was Obi Wan Kenobi, given her accent. I only switched it up because we hear Obi Wan speak to her during her vision and say, “Rey, you have taken your first step.”
In fact, I doubt the creators would want to muddle the story by introducing gender fluid elements into the film, or risk backlash from all the people rightfully praising Rey for being such a great character who happens to be female. Were it suddenly revealed that she was once a man, that might be perceived as undermining her value as a role model.
However, I can assure you that when I went to watch the movie a second time, I pretended it was Darth Vader saying, “Why are you holding my hand?” as Finn tried to make him into a damsel in distress, and it was a lot of fun!
So, even if she doesn’t turn out to be he, go watch it again and pretend. Everything is more interesting if you give it a gender fluid subtext!