“Whomever you’re waiting for on Jakku, they’re never coming back.” – Maz Kanata
When The Force Awakens cut to the end credits, the parentage of the franchise’s new lead heroine, Rey (Daisy Ridley), remained a mystery. The film was littered with clues that suggested Rey could either be the daughter or Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) or that her parents are characters we have yet to be introduced to.
While promoting the new documentary The Eagle Huntress, for which she serves as Executive producer, Ridley told Time Out London that she was caught by surprise at audiences reactions and their lack of understanding of her character’s origin:
“I thought a lot was answered in ‘The Force Awakens’. Then after the screening I went for a drink with my agent and everyone, and we were chatting away and I realized that oh, in their minds it’s not answered at all!”
Luke Skywalker has always been my favorite Star Wars character. Sure Han Solo is great but I never wanted to be Han. I wanted to be Luke. It wasn’t until Rey came along did the franchise have another character that came close to being as incredible as Luke for me. That being said, I will be pretty disappointed if she turns out not to be his daughter because I think if there has ever been a character worthy of the Skywalker name, it’s Rey.
Unfortunately, based on the clues in The Force Awakens and what we already know about the force, I don’t think Rey is Lukes daughter. Like Anakin, I think Rey is a vergence in the force. A vergence or nexus point was a phenomenon of the force that was centered on a place or around an object, and in some rare cases a person.
“I have encountered a vergence in the Force.”
“Located around a person?”
―Qui-Gon Jinn and Mace Windu on the discovery of Anakin Skywalker.
When the force is out of balance, the force itself will create a vergence to restore the balance between the light and the dark. With the dark side rising in Snoke and Kylo Ren — and Luke in exile on Ahch-To, it’s possible that Rey was created with the purpose of finding Luke and restoring balance to the force in the galaxy with him.
We’ll find out next Christmas when Star Wars Episode VIII hits theaters on December 15, 2017.
SOURCE: TIME OUT