Before John Williams’ score swells up in unison with a starry backdrop and yellow text that reads, “Directed by Rian Johnson” at the end of The Last Jedi, imagine, if you will, an aged Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan’s ghost revealing to Rey that she is a Kenobi. Now, imagine this revelation being followed up by news regarding a standalone Obi-Wan film in the vein of Rogue One and the Han Solo movie, continuing Lucasfilm’s ongoing series of anthology films within the Star Wars universe. Seems like a logical sequence of events. That is, assuming that the “Rey Kenobi” theory turns out to be true…
Despite being pure speculation, Rey being a descendent of Obi-Wan isn’t quite as far-fetched as it might seem (and no, not just because Ewan McGregor has repeatedly shown interest in returning to the role). If you were paying close attention, The Force Awakens sprinkled snippets of information throughout the film that may very well answer the question on every Star Wars fan’s mind: who are Rey’s parents? So, whether you’re a believer looking for affirmation or a skeptic eager to exercise your eyeballs with some strenuous eye-rolling, check out 15 Reasons Why Rey Is Definitely A Kenobi.
15. Her Loneliness Is Significant To Her Origins
Though there haven’t been any confirmations regarding Rey’s parentage, both J.J. Abrams and Daisy Ridley have released quotes that may very well confirm the Rey Kenobi theory without question. Abrams himself mentioned how her loneliness is significant to her origins, and Ridley was quoted echoing that in an interview, saying:
I’m not sure how much I can say. I guess because I’ve said that I’m solitary; that’s how I begin — that is probably a big clue as to what it is.
Mind you, the folks at Nerd Alert consider this quote to confirm a Rey Solo theory (which is fair, considering that “Solo” and “solitary” mean the same thing), but character-wise, this could very well be the connective tissue between Rey and Obi-Wan, seeing as they both held the unfortunate title of “Sand-Dwelling Hermit.” While this quote also seem as though it might refer to a Skywalker lineage, keep in mind that Anakin, Leia, nor even Luke lived solitary lives. Their childhoods may not have been ideal, but they were hardly alone.
14. Continuing The Kenobi/Skywalker Story
Star Wars is as much about Obi-Wan Kenobi as it is the Skywalkers. Even though we spend a considerable amount of time with Luke and Anakin, Obi-Wan is thread throughout the series as well. He and Anakin trained together, and later on, Obi-Wan ushered Luke into what would be an entire trilogy of adventure. So, while this may not help confirm that Rey is a Kenobi, it certainly feeds into the theory.
With Obi-Wan being such a present character throughout the series, it would be sort of a waste to abandon his importance within the series. After defeating Anakin on Mustafar, he spent 20-odd years in solitude on Tatooine. Anything could have happened during that time, and becoming a father is an absolute possibility. Yes, doing so would have gone against the strict Jedi Code, but after going into exile, the rules likely wore out their welcome, more or less. In short, between Star Wars: The Clone Wars and both the old and new trilogy, Skywalkers and Kenobis have always been central.
13. Rey’s Parents Aren’t In The Force Awakens, According To J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams is all about being cryptic. From Lost to The Force Awakens, that’s always sort of been his M.O. Every now and then, however, he’ll drop some information (still cryptic, mind you) that sends theorists on a frenzied hunt. One such snippet of information was revealed during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival during a Q&A with Chris Rock, and though it doesn’t make any implications about Rey and Obi-Wan having a connection, he essentially confirms that Luke is definitely not her father. (It also seems to rule out Han and Leia, for the record.) At the very least, this narrows things down — and he couldn’t have been more blunt if he tried:
Rey’s parents are not in Episode VII.
Then again, could Abrams just be working some Jedi mind trickery to throw us off the trail? With him, that’s absolutely a possibility, so consider this dubious territory. But it certainly adds some fuel to the Kenobi fire all the same.
12. She’s A Jedi Mind Trick Master
Speaking of Jedi mind trickery… of all the Force-sensitive characters within the Star Wars universe, only two characters have truly mastered the art of controlling people’s minds, and those two characters are — drumroll, please — Rey and Obi-Wan. While other Jedi have tried in the past, it’s often resulted in failure. Qui-Gon Jinn attempts to sway Watts’ mind in The Phantom Menace and Luke Skywalker tries dishing out some slick mind control with Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi (as this Rey Kenobi theorist points out), but both of them fail. Only Obi-Wan and Rey have proven to be naturally skilled in this department. One might even presume that this gift runs in the family…
11. “Ben Solo” Isn’t Random, It’s Foreshadowing
Nothing that happens in Star Wars happens by accident — especially when it comes to this new trilogy. Like any decent puzzle, every minor detail has significance. In some way or another, everything clicks. So, when audiences discovered that Kylo Ren’s actual name is Ben Solo, this name choice wasn’t random. It also wasn’t just a throwaway homage, either; not when ancestry and parentage plays such a significant role in the series. Naming him Ben may as well have been a nudge to the audience, as though to say, “Just in case you forgot about Obi-Wan, here’s a reminder.”
Now, Obi-Wan could very well still show up in his spectral form, whether he’s related to Rey or not, but when you put all the pieces of the puzzle together, it isn’t likely that only one new character (in this case, Kylo Ren) will have ties to a classic character, and making Rey part of the Skywalker bloodline risks limiting the series’ connective thread to the original trilogy and prequels.
10. She Has A British Accent
Especially when you consider the fact that Carrie Fisher’s attempt at a British accent in A New Hope was a short-lived failure, you can easily count on one hand the amount of main characters with British accent there are in Star Wars. Aside from Rey, you have Grand Moff Tarkin, Jyn Erso, Count Dooku, and, of course, Obi-Wan Kenobi himself.
This is especially significant because when Daisy Ridley and John Boyega were cast as Rey and Finn, respectively, only one of them was asked to change their accent to American. This may very well imply that Rey having a British accent is significant to her character, and when you take into consideration that neither Luke, Han, or Leia have British accents, that leaves us with a direct tie to Obi-Wan. Jyn Erso could have easily given birth to Rey’s mother or father before (SPOILER) her death in Rogue One, but that doesn’t seem likely.
9. She Behaves Just Like Obi-Wan
To find familial ties between two people, character traits are a good place to start, and when you take into consideration the similarities between Rey and Obi-Wan, it’s hard to deny their connection. As a whole, their mannerisms are just about the same. Compared to the Skywalkers, who are temperamental at best, Rey and Obi-Wan are cool, calm, and collected. Even during moments of legitimate peril, they keep their wits about them, whereas Skywalkers tend to lose their damn minds in most situations (Luke whining about working with his uncle, Anakin complaining about Obi-Wan holding him back, and Kylo Ren literally throwing hissy fits are just a few examples of this). What’s more is that both Rey and Obi-Wan rescued a troubled droid in the desert and, though this one might admittedly be a bit of a stretch, they also seem to share an aversion to blasters, only using them as last resorts.
What’s more is that both Rey and Obi-Wan rescued a troubled droid in the desert and, though this one might admittedly be a bit of a stretch, they also seem to share an aversion to blasters, only using them as last resorts.
8. The Fire And Ice Contrast
Movies are obviously visual mediums, so if a filmmaker wants to create a thematic connection, they’ll rely on visual storytelling. In terms of Rey being a Kenobi, that thematic connection was made especially clear at the end of The Force Awakens, with Rey and Kylo Ren’s battle perfectly contrasting that of Obi-Wan and Anakin’s final showdown in Revenge of the Sith.
In the latter, the two Jedi fight amid a fiery backdrop, whereas The Force Awakens has (assuming you’re on board with this theory) their grandchildren fighting amid an icy backdrop, flipping settings with their polar opposites, but otherwise mirroring the battle. If you watch both scenes closely, the parallels are present in spades. In fact, Rey even ends up getting the high ground, leaving her enemy scarred and wounded before fleeing, just like Obi-Wan.
7. Obi-Wan Literally Calls Out Her Name
In The Force Awakens, Rey touches Anakin’s old lightsaber and enters a trippy trip down memory lane (with some glimpses into the future, as well). During this scene, she’s swept through quick, jarring snippets of events, and for the most part, it’s a bit chaotic. However, if you listen closely, you’ll hear a recognizable voice: that of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Not only was a soundbite of Alec Guinness cut together to sound as though he were calling out Rey’s name, Ewan McGregor himself also recorded this single line of dialogue: “These are your first steps.”
Assuming that Rey is a Skywalker, for argument’s sake, it might make sense that Obi-Wan would reach out to her, seeing as he reached out to Luke in the original trilogy. However, since Anakin is now dead and just as capable of reaching out to Rey, wouldn’t it have made more sense for Hayden Christensen to have been given a crack at that line?
6. Nearly Identical Endings
The Force Awakens has been widely accused of being something of a carbon copy of A New Hope. If you watch the films side-by-side, you’ll see why. However, there are specific similarities between Rey and Obi-Wan during their respective debut films’ final acts that are too similar to have happened by chance — and without reason.
At the end of both movies, Rey and Obi-Wan are snooping around the enemy’s base, they both close their eyes during the final moments of their respective lightsaber battles, and even the same music track is playing when they Force pull someone else’s lightsaber towards them. (Okay, that’s the end of The Phantom Menace, not The Force Awakens, but still — it’s a connection). At this point, the filmmakers may as well be confirming that Rey is a Kenobi…
5. They have an oddly similar sense of fashion
Thematic similarities have been touched on already, so let’s get down to some visual similarities, which are as blatant as they get when it comes to drawing connections between characters. In this case, it comes down to the outfits that Rey and Obi-Wan wear. Not only does their tan desert-wear look as though they were bought by the same designer, they even have similar pleats.
That may seem like a ridiculous connection, but again, keep in mind that if, in fact, Rey is a Kenobi, the filmmakers are going to sprinkle in as many breadcrumbs as possible without giving it away outright, possibly even down to casual wear. The Force Awakens is all about harkening back to A New Hope, so if Kylo Ren’s outfit can mimic Darth Vader’s, then why can’t Rey’s mimic Obi-Wan’s?
4. The Lightsaber
There’s a reason for the long, dramatic pause between Rey and Luke when she extends her arm at the end of The Force Awakens and hands him Anakin’s lightsaber, and it’s not because he’s wondering who this person is and why she has his dad’s old lightsaber. Well, that might be part of it, but it’s mostly because history is repeating itself.
Once upon a time, Obi-Wan Kenobi handed him his father’s lightsaber, and now, roughly forty years later, yet another Kenobi is doing it again. In fact, on top of that, both Obi-Wan and Rey first reveal the lightsaber by removing it from a chest (in case the connection wasn’t clear enough). Seeing as how Luke is fairly well-versed in the Force, chances are that he immediately sensed that Rey and Obi-Wan are somehow connected, which would explain the long stare he gives her. In fact, seeing as Rey is Force-sensitive, that look on her face might suggest she’s making a similar connection (even though she may not be entirely sure why the connection is there in the first place).
3. Mentor Role-Reversal
If this new trilogy wants to harken back to the originals, then having a Skywalker train a Skywalker wouldn’t be the way. In fact, Luke already tried doing that with his nephew, and that didn’t turn out so well. To keep in line with this connective theme, Rey being a Kenobi would make her training with Luke that much more impactful, since it would be a complete role reversal in mentors.
In A New Hope, a Kenobi trains a Skywalker, so it would be quite poetic if a Skywalker were to train a Kenobi in The Last Jedi, bringing the relationship between their families full circle. Even though Luke learned most of his Force abilities from Yoda, his journey towards becoming a Jedi began with Obi-Wan. Now, here’s to hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself again, with Luke ultimately losing his life by the end of the film…
2. Finishing What Her Grandfather Started
While he was alive, Obi-Wan Kenobi was a man on a mission. He was attempting to bring balance to the Force by way of a Skywalker. Sadly, he died before he could ever make amends to the failure that was his padawan, Anakin. When he dies at the end of A New Hope, he explains to Darth Vader that if he strikes him down, he’ll become more powerful than he can possibly imagine. While this may not directly imply that it’s because he’ll then be looking after his offspring during his or her inevitable path towards finishing what he started, it would certainly make sense.
This is further implied when he’s talking to Yoda, and Yoda explains to him that “There is another.” Audiences were seemingly meant to take this as a reference to Leia at the time, but it’s not like George Lucas had this current trilogy mapped out way back then (or at all). Now, in hindsight, it could certainly be a reference to Kenobi’s own future descendant, Rey.
1. Disney/Lucas Films Has Invested Too Much
When it comes to finding a connection between Rey and Obi-Wan, perhaps the thread is far more economical than anything else. Disney invested $4 billion into this franchise when it bought Lucasfilm, which means that they also bought the legacy that was created by Obi-Wan, a character deeply rooted not only in Star Wars lore, but within the audience. In fact, seeing as Obi-Wan is one of the main characters in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and then even shows up again in Star Wars Rebels (which is canon), it would seem like a waste to just abandon the character altogether.
Yes, he died, but Star Wars has never shied away from introducing descendants of important characters. Rey is a Kenobi. The filmmakers know it, obsessive theorists know it, and if you happen to take this information to heart, then maybe even you know it as well.
Now, while you digest all of that, let’s raise a glass to Obi-Wan and officially welcome a new Kenobi into the series with open arms (and an open mind, to all you skeptics still rolling your eyes).
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in theaters on December 15, 2017.