‘Star Wars Episode IX’: There’s a New Fan Theory About Who Rey’s Mom Might Be

Star Wars fans love to discuss theories about the franchise. It has been going on for decades, and fans still love to create theories about movies that they’ve seen over and over. Remember the “Darth Jar Jar” theory? At any rate, with one movie remaining in the sequel trilogy, people are still talking about one big storyline: Who are Rey’s parents? Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson attempted to answer that question to a degree, and yet some evidence points to a new theory.

Let’s take a look at why fans are so crazy over Rey’s parents, the new theory in question (page 5), and why this new theory actually makes a lot of sense — even if it may be unlikely (pages 6-8).

The Force Awakens teases her parentage

Daisy Ridley crying and hiding behind rocks.

Daisy Ridley as Rey in The Force Awakens | Lucasfilm

  • J.J. Abrams left some clues about Rey’s relevance to the story.

From the very beginning, it was clear that Rey’s origin was supposed to be of some importance. When she first meets BB-8 on Jakku in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the dialogue is written to be very clear. When Rey asks where the droid is from, he lets out a string of beeps. Her response is the key: “Classified? Really? Me too, big secret.” Who is this girl, Rey, who has no last name and is mysteriously waiting on her family to return?

Later, Kylo Ren appears to lose his mind when he finds out that BB-8 has escaped from Jakku with a girl. He Force-chokes his First Order officer off his feet, drags him across the room, and asks: “What girl?” Finally, and most telling, at the end of the movie Leia walks right past Chewbacca — both are grieving Han’s death — to hug Rey, a girl she has supposedly never met.

Next: The first popular mom theory

The Jyn Erso theory

Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in 'Rogue One'.

Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in Rogue One | Lucasfilm

  • This theory didn’t exactly hold water for very long.

The first Star Wars anthology film was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which was released in theaters one year after The Force Awakens. With the marketing for the movie ramping up around the same time that Rey fever was hitting, many looked to the star of the new movie for a clue as to Rey’s parents. Felicity Jones, another British actress with dark hair, was cast as Jyn Erso — the lead character and another female protagonist.

So it made sense, right? Jyn and her male counterpart, Rebel Intelligence Officer Cassian Andor, probably escaped Rogue One and had a baby. Not right away, of course, because that would mess up the timeline. No, they would have a baby somewhere around 20 years later. When Rogue One actually made it into theaters, this theory was obliterated with Grand Moff Tarkin’s final line: “You may fire when ready.”

Next: This theory is still alive

The Ezra and Sabine theory

Ezra Bridger holding a lightsaber on 'Star Wars: Rebels'.

Ezra Bridger on Star Wars: Rebels | Disney XD

  • This theory seems far-fetched, but plausible.

Another popular fan theory lives on to this day. Many have theorized that Ezra Bridger and Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels might get together at some point, given that both characters are relatively young at the time of the original trilogy. And considering how things ended with the finale of Rebels, that door is still open.

We learn that Ezra disappears into the unknown regions during the time of the original trilogy. After the fall of the Empire, Sabine and Ahsoka Tano go looking for the young Jedi. Maybe they eventually find him, and he and Sabine father a child named Rey? It would be kind of a stretch, but many fans still hold out hope for this theory.

Next: What Rian Johnson says about Rey’s parents

The Last Jedi drops a bomb

Rey and Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Here’s where you might have heard of them. | Lucasfilm

  • Rey’s parents may be nobodies, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t seen them before.

Despite all the teasing and buildup to the reveal about Rey’s parents, The Last Jedi taunts the fans in a scene on Ahch-To. Rey’s weird, dark side vision fails to reveal them to her. Later, Kylo Ren finally reveals the truth that she has known all along: Her parents were nobody, just filthy junkers that traded her for drinking money. Ouch.

But fans are skeptical. Although they’ve said otherwise, most believe that Johnson’s vision for Rey’s lineage doesn’t exactly align with what The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams had planned. With Abrams doing Episode IX, there is a chance that Kylo could be revealed as a big, fat, dirty liar. So how about a new theory?

Next: This theory is based on a new character

Is Qi’ra Rey’s mom?

Qi'ra and Han standing together at a party in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'.

Qi’ra and Han in Solo: A Star Wars Story | Lucasfilm

  • Could Rey’s mom be hiding in plain sight?

Much like with Jyn Erso, fans took one look at Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s Qi’ra and thought she reminded them of someone. Another dark-haired actress with a British accent, reminiscent of Rey. But are we grasping at straws here? YouTuber Jay Carlin of the SuperCarlinBrothers channel says maybe, but the theory is still worth exploring.

There are a few key points that have to be eliminated in this theory, the first of which is that Han Solo would be the father. We know that Han isn’t Force sensitive, and there was no indication in Solo that Qi’ra is either. Plus, the whole “cheating on Leia” thing would be hard for fans to swallow. But maybe Qi’ra found someone else in the years following Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and made a baby?

Next: One big reason the theory makes sense

A clue in Rey’s knowledge of Han Solo

Rey standing at the cliff overlooking the water.

Rey seems to know some interesting information about the Kessel Run. | Lucasfilm

  • How did Rey know about the Kessel Run?

When Rey first finds out who Han Solo is in The Force Awakens, she already has some pretty interesting knowledge about him. While Finn knows of him as a war hero, Rey knows of him as a smuggler. She also knows — albeit somewhat incorrectly — about the Millennium Falcon being the ship that did the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs.

Now where could she have obtained that information? It’s not like Han’s life as a smuggler and Kessel Run feat were anything more than boasts he tossed around at the cantina. Well, Qi’ra witnessed the Kessel Run for one thing. And although she doesn’t know of Han as a smuggler, there is still more for us to learn about whether the duo cross paths again in the future.

Next: Why this theory could work

Other small clues

Daisy Ridley looking startled as she stares upward.

Fans have tried to put together the smaller clues. | Lucasfilm

  • There are other reasons that this theory is legit.

Other small clues hidden in Solo lend credence to this theory. There is the fact that Qi’ra explains her knowledge of Teräs Käsi — a form of hand-to-hand combat — to L3-37, and how Rey is similarly skilled in hand-to-hand combat at an early age. Or how about the fact that The Last Jedi tells us that Rey’s parents are junk traders? Qi’ra and Han were established as junkers early on in Solo.

Then there is also the fact that Qi’ra is even her name at all, considering that the original name for Rey in the early drafts of The Force Awakens was Kira. The whole thing is a stretch, of course. So far, Lucasfilm has only lightly really tied the sequel trilogy in with the anthology movies. But it’s still a fun theory about where Episode IX might go with Rey’s parents.

Next: About Episode IX

Where will Episode IX go with Rey?

Daisy Ridley in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

Rey’s story will continue to unfold. | Lucasfilm

  • What does the future hold for Rey and her family?

There is just one movie left in the trilogy, and still anything is possible. Regardless of how you feel about what Johnson did with The Last Jedi, there’s no denying that he pressed the reset button on a lot of the story and left Abrams with a blank canvas for Episode IX. So will J.J. abandon Rey’s lineage, or will he go forward with what he originally intended — whatever that may have been?

At least one actor that knows Abrams well believes that the director originally intended for Rey’s family to eventually become a relevant part of the story. Whether it’s revealed that Qi’ra is her mother, Ezra and Sabine are her parents, or some other wacky theory, there are plenty of fans that still believe the truth about Rey is out there.

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