Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—Who Are Rey’s Parents? 5 Fan Theories

In Star Wars, your lineage seems to play a crucial role in your destiny. This is especially true if your last name is Skywalker. In fact, I can think of four generations of Skywalker’s whose lives played rather significant roles in the fate of the galaxy...

Luke’s story was largely defined by who his father was. Darth Vader’s end, and the return of Anakin, was because of his son. Though Palpatine wasn’t Anakin’s biological father, you could argue that his creation of Anakin through the force made him somewhat of a distant patriarchal figure.

Because we are so attached to relationships in Star Wars – fathers, sisters, brothers, mothers, twins, masters and apprentices – the mystery surrounding who Rey’s parents are is almost tantalizing. The intrigue becomes increasingly exciting as we approach the final installment of the newest trilogy.

Brush up on all the buzz ahead of the movie, and explore these five fan theories as to who her parents are.

Han Solo and Leia Organa

Han Solo and Princess Leia about to kiss.
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This is one of the most popular fan theories out there, but also one of the easiest ones to dismantle. It was fueled partly by what seems like an obvious connection between both Rey and Han, and Rey and Leia onscreen. We don’t often get to see Han’s softer side, but he immediately takes a liking to Rey.

We also see a moment of tenderness between Leia and Rey.

This theory is really driven by the inferred emotional connection between the three onscreen. But a few things don’t really make sense. Why wouldn’t either parent allude to their second child at any point in the movie?

If Rey was truly a Solo/Organa, it would mean Kylo and Rey would be siblings. If we’re continuing on the assumption that the onscreen emotions and scenes between characters implied their true relationships, then Rey would have a slightly weird relationship with her brother. These two have been in each other’s minds. They have an incredibly strong connection that just doesn’t seem like it’s brother-sister.

I’m not heavily implying romance. But I’m also saying that I don’t think Star Wars would have a Cersei and Jamie Lannister situation going on…

This is a fun theory, but I don’t think it stands up.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi Wan in Revenge of the Sith.
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Another popular theory I’ve seen floating around is that Rey is somehow the granddaughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi. There’s not a lot of solid information to support this lineage claim, but there is a really crucial moment that can’t be tossed away.

When Rey takes Anakin and Luke’s lightsaber, the voice that speaks most to her isn’t that of the Skywalkers, but of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Some Star Wars fans seem to think this is a clear indication they have some sort of familial relationship; otherwise, why would it be him coming to her.

Unless… he’s taken somewhat of an interest in the daughter, and granddaughter, of two of his pupils? Which leads us to the next theory.

Luke Skywalker

Luke teaches Rey the ways of the Force.
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Force sensitive. Great pilot. Fast learner. Sounds a lot like someone who used to bullseye womp rats in his T-16 back home, eh?

This movie is called “The Rise of Skywalker,” and Rey demonstrates a lot of clear Skywalker traits. Yes, being the daughter of Leia and Han would still technically make her a Skywalker, but this theory has floated around as well.

As Maz Kanata says when she picks up the Skywalker lightsaber – ”That saber called to Luke and his father before him, and now it calls to you.”

Why would it call to Rey, if she wasn’t such a strong descendant of Anakin and Luke?

I personally don’t think this theory holds up well. It would also be sort of anti-climatic for her to just be another Skywalker. Plus, Luke doesn’t exactly give off fatherly vibes to her on the island.

Emperor Palpatine

Emporer Palpatine in Return of the Jedi.
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This one is a stretch, but it also isn’t unheard of in our favorite galaxy.

It’s essentially implied that Palpatine created Anakin through the Force. We know that Palpatine died, but his face looms large on the movie poster for The Rise of Skywalker.

Perhaps it’s indicating a larger role? It wouldn’t be the most far-fetched theory to think that perhaps Palpatine influenced another life through the Force.


Daisy Ridley as Rey in The Force Awakens.
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As one theory doesn’t really stand out too far from the pack, one of the more popular ones has been that we don’t actually know who Rey's parents are, and never will.

Perhaps she’s the secret granddaughter of a Jedi who kept her existence a secret? Or she could have actually been sold by drunk gamblers, as was said onscreen?

I think it depends on how Rey’s story plays out, but this could either be a really great twist or a really anti-climatic one.

Think about it: haven’t we had enough of the Skywalkers screwing up the galaxy for everyone? It would be nice to introduce someone new and fresh into the mix.

But then again, Star Wars is basically a space soap opera that centers on the Skywalkers. There wouldn’t be a “Godfather” without Don Vito Corleone. These stories that are so near and dear to our hearts are partly because we fall in love with, or at least become concerned with, the fate of families.

So, while it could be a really interesting ending to have Rey be someone totally unknown, I feel it would be more fitting of a true Star Wars tale for her to be a Skywalker.

Now we just wait to see who will rise.

About the Author: Kelcey McClung is a freelance reporter who has been featured in a variety of publications. She loves Star Wars, Animal Crossing, and almost every PlayStation game ever made. If you think you’ve completed all the park objectives in Roller Coaster Tycoon more times than she has, she’ll take you up on that bet.

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