This past July we had an editorial asking the question if Rey could be a Kenobi. In that piece we established a timeline infographic which helped answer some questions, discredit some speculation and delivered some new ideas of what’s possible. Looking back, we were pretty darn close in our estimation. Something to lightly pat ourselves on the back on and maybe open up a beer or two to celebrate. Now that we have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens and gotten some confirmation on a few details from newly released publications and tweets from Pablo Hildalgo himself, it’s time to revisit the question of Rey lineage with a new timeline.
The timespan for our saga is pretty easily laid out as it spans sixty years. A nice even number starting from Nute Gunray’s “Oh Shit” moment about two Jedi’s ready to storm his bridge to Luke Skywalker having a staring contest with Rey on the lovely island of who’s knows what on the gorgeous planet of who knows where. After countless discussion on online forums, Twitter and the company water cooler, we have debated Rey’s possible lineage in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film introduced tons of Easter eggs, from the X-wing helmet and doll in Rey’s AT-AT home to even her getting emotional at the end when she sees Luke. We have discussed, debated all of this these tidbits of information in the last few days and still, there is no real consensus. Congratulations Team Lucasfilm for letting us all float in the ocean of discourse on a skiff made of speculation cardboard for another 500+ days. Then again, this is a fantastic gift and perhaps we should all chip in and send them a fruit basket.
Let’s get down to some simple math before we begin on where and how our heroes and new vilain were born into this Galaxy. To keep things simple we decided to start the events of The Force Awakens at year zero and work ourselves back sixty years to the Battle of Naboo. This is accurate after scouring numerous sources on the web. It’s exactly sixty years.
According to our official Star Wars Post, Handy Dandy Timeline we can see how Rey, who is 19 years old during The Force Awakens is born, you guessed it 19 years into our timeline. Kylo Ren, aka Ben Solo, who is 29-30 in The Force Awakens is also born 29 years into our timeline. One of the key important moments for our character Rey is when she was abandoned on Jakku in the care of Unkar Plutt. A moment we witness during Rey’s flashback when she touched Luke’s old lightsaber in the catacombs of Maz’s castle. It has been confirmed that Rey was five when she was left on Jakku by her parents which put that date on our timeline at fourteen years in.
Fourteen years in could potentially be a big deal for some of the speculation that is going around. There are debates that Rey was a padawan at Luke’s fledgling academy when it was attacked by the traitorous Kylo Ren. aka Ben Solo and The Knights Of Ren. Rey’s outfit looks to be the garb of a Jedi Padawan when she holds the hand of Unkar Plutt. If this is true then, according to the timeline, Kylo Ren would be fifteen years old when he betrayed Luke and his fellow Padawans. Looking at that menacing image of the Knights of Ren in the movie, standing a wet field with bodies everywhere, there is a possibility there is a fifteen year old in that costume. As a man of 6’4 I was pretty much at that height at fifteen myself. So it is possible. What is more unnerving is that Kylo Ren has not changed his look in fourteen years. Would you want to be running around looking like the characters of the tv show Friends right now? I think not. That also implies that Luke has been gone fourteen years as well. Quite a long time to be gone from everything and everyone that you know.
Now that we know about Rey and Kylo and where they fit in this timeline it’s time to start looking at the math when it comes to my favorite theory, that Rey is a descendant of Kenobi and perhaps just maybe, Skywalker as well. First and foremost by doing the math, there is no way that Obi-Wan Kenobi is the father of Rey. Especially considering that Obi-Wan whisked away, via the Force fifteen years before Rey was even born. So how could Rey be a Kenobi? There are really only two ways Rey could be a Kenobi. Either she was born from a Kenobi family member or she was the eventual offspring from the child of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
There have been spoilers and speculation that Rey’s village, where the Kenobi family lived, was attacked by the Knights of Ren and she was shuffled off to safety. We suspected the scene of the menacing group in the rain is actually her village and not Luke’s academy. She has that great British accent like a Kenobi and of course she is a white human and gorgeous looking. If Rey is just a child born from Obi-Wan’s sister or brother, that is a decent twist to the story but it feels sort of like diet soda, the Diet Coke of plot twists. If you are a storyteller and you want to reach for the stars with an incredible twist, you are swinging for the fences. Therein lies the second option, that Rey is the Grand Daughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi. For that, let’s once again hit the timeline and look at the math at what’s possible.
To make this simple, we here at The Post decided to have two markers for Rey’s Mother. One where Rey’s Mother is twenty years old when she gives birth to Rey and the other when she is forty years old. By looking at the timeline, we see that would put Rey’s Mother’s birth between the Battle of Naboo and five years before the Battle of Yavin. Let’s say for arguments sake that Obi-Wan Kenobi was a stand up chap and kept his focus on the war and remained celibate at the sprite age of thirty eight until the time of the dreaded Order 66. That age would still give Obi-Wan Kenobi plenty of time during his years in exile to father a child. With the Jedi Order in ruins and the despair of seclusion, perhaps Ben Kenobi found love and had a daughter of his own. I found it incredibly interesting that of all the voices heard by Rey in the catacombs of Maz’s castle it was Obi-Wan Kenobi’s. Not Anakin’s or Luke’s. The hints for Rey and Luke were everywhere in The Force Awakens. That is what really has me suspicious, because J.J. Abrams doesn’t spoon feed you this much, in this way. When all the clues and Easter eggs point to one thing in a J.J. Abrams film, you can almost bet on it that it means that it’s going to be something else. The one thing Kasdan and J.J. are known for is making you look in one direction when the truth smacks you from the other. Especially in The Force Awakens, where the tie in with Luke and Rey are everywhere.
If you really want to dive into the crazy deep end of the pool then there is an even bigger bet to make. What if her big reveal is not only that she is the Granddaughter of Kenobi but also the Daughter of Luke Skywalker. What if Luke met and fell in love with Kenobi’s daughter. Of course this is pure speculation with zero evidence to support it.
As the months roll on and we begin to get spoilers from Star Wars: Episode Eight, which starts production in a few weeks, we may find out more. Until then it’s nice to have a timeline to see what is possible and what isn’t. Could Rey be a Kenobi? Sure, why not. I like to think she is, because for one thing, the Kenobi name lives on. Moreover, is sure sets up the possibility of a Ewan McGregor Obi-Wan Kenobi spin off film. Who doesn’t want to see this rugged exiled Jedi find love on the barren wasteland of Tatooine or some other place, while Luke was teething and learning his ABC’s. Hope you enjoy the infographic and tell us what you think in the comments below. We would love to read them.