11 Reasons Why Rey Is Actually Rey Skywalker

11. The Dreamer

Much like Luke in A New Hope, Rey dreams of getting off the desert planet Jakku and moving on to a life of adventure with her lost family. The scene of her eating dinner alongside the downed AT-AT specifically recalls Luke staring off into the sunsets on Tatooine. Rey sees a ship taking off into the stars, however it symbolizes her enduring hope of getting off-world.
11. The Dreamer

10. The Sand

Rey grows up on a the desert planet of Jakku, much in the way Luke and Anakin both grew up on Tatooine. Anakin grew up scavenging junk as a slave to the alien Watto, while Luke grew up buying junk from Jawas as a poor farmer. Rey’s story, in essence, amalgamates those of Luke and Anakin: she’s a poor scavenger working for the sadistic alien Unkar Plutt. Rey’s dependence on Plutt might as well make her his slave, while their wheeling and dealing of junk recalls the haggling between Luke and the Jawas. In the tone poem that is the Star Wars storyline, the movie sets Rey up as the new generation of Skywalker leads.
10. The Sand

9. Natural Pilot

Like Anakin and Luke, Rey demonstrates amazing abilities when it comes to mechanics and spaceflight. She flies the Millennium Falcon in a thrilling air speed chase and battle without any prior experience doing so, much as Anakin did during the battle with the Trade Federation in The Phantom Menace, or as Luke did in the trenches of the Death Star. She also has a remarkable sense of timing – just as Luke uses his intuition with the Force to fire his torpedoes at the correct, precise movement to destroy the Death Star, Rey knows when to flip the Millennium Falcon to fire on a TIE Fighter.
9. Natural Pilot

8. Force Sensitive

One of The Force Awakens’ most controversial choices finds Rey using powerful Jedi techniques, seemingly without any training at all. Fans will debate the meaning of Rey’s powers until the end of time, or at least until another movie provides an actual answer. In the sole context of the existing seven films, however, it would seem Rey would need some kind of Jedi training in order to accomplish what she does, whether she remembers it or not. Where else could she learn the ways of the Force but from the last Jedi, Luke Skywalker?
8. Force Sensitive

7. Saber Calling

The resurgence of Anakin/Luke’s blue-bladed lightsaber confounds the Star Wars audience—just how did it end up in the possession of Maz Kanata? Apparently an early draft of the script contained a much longer version of Rey’s visions in Maz’s castle, including a scavenger on the surface of Bespin finding the saber after it had fallen from Cloud City. After years of it changing hands, Maz recognized it and took it to her castle for safekeeping.
7. Saber Calling

6. Drawn To Luke

The mention of Luke Skywalker’s name makes Rey’s eyes blaze with hope.  Her attraction to him, much like her attraction to his lightsaber, suggests a deeper connection through the Force, or possibly through DNA.  Furthermore, in Kylo Ren’s interrogation of her, he calls out Rey’s hopes and dreams–specifically her yearning for a father figure, and her visions of a far off island. Ren notes that Rey sees Han Solo as a father figure, but warns that Han would disappoint her.  Claimants that Han is the actual father of Rey like to cite this passage as evidence to support their argument, but a closer examination clarifies that Ren is speaking to his own feelings, not Rey’s.
6. Drawn To Luke

5. Force Abilities

Detractors of The Force Awakens, most notably writer Max Landis, have derided the film and the character Rey as a “Mary Sue,” a piece of masterful fan fiction.  Whether or not that is true, Rey does, indisputably, demonstrate crazy, powerful Force abilities, seeming without any training at all.  Whether or not you agree with Landis’ points, he does make one inarguable declaration: without further backstory or reasoning, Rey’s powers make no sense at all and seem to violate Star Wars convention.  The Force Awakens commits a sin of laziness by not explaining how Rey is able to defeat Kylo Ren, a dark Force user trained by Snoke and by Luke Skywalker.
5. Force Abilities

4. A Known Quantity

Both the movie novelization and the screenplay to The Force Awakens reveal some nuanced bits of information lost in the final film.  For starters, in her lightsaber duel with Kylo Ren, the two have an exchange, and Ren lets slip a bombshell:
4. A Known Quantity

3. Han & Leia Never Mention A Daughter

Proabably the biggest problem with the Han and Leia’s daughter/Ben’s sister theory is that neither Han nor Leia acknowledge another child.  While they reminisce and mourn the loss of their son to the Dark Side a great deal, that they would not in any way miss or discuss their daughter seems preposterous.  Han is not at all protective of Rey; in fact, he makes no effort to stop Kylo Ren from kidnapping her.  Likewise, only Finn seems desperate to save Rey, and to Leia finding her is a minor priority.
3. Han & Leia Never Mention A Daughter

2. She Hears Obi Wan

Another popular theory holds that Rey is somehow the child or descendent of Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Note here that it is possible that she is descended from Kenobi, while still related to Luke.  Luke may well have met Obi-Wan’s daughter, and the two had a child.  The theory has two problems, however.
2. She Hears Obi Wan

1. This Is Star Wars

Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy has said that the “saga” films of the Star Wars series–that is, the various episodes–will always revolve around the Skywalker family.  This keeps with George Lucas’ assertion that Star Wars is actually a family soap opera. For that sole reason, the hero of the series must be a Skywalker.  Granted, it’s possible that Rey could redeem Kylo Ren in Episode 8, and that he could have a second life as a Jedi, father children, and keep the saga going.  But given that he murders his own father in The Force Awakens, the chances of swift redemption seem slim. That puts the burden of heroism on the other new characters, Finn and Rey.  And given the events of The Force Awakens, the most likely candidate to follow the Skywalker path remains Rey.
1. This Is Star Wars