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This Very Plausible Star Wars IX Theory Explains Who Rey's Parents Really Are

It also ties up questions from The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and even Solo.
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The mystery of Rey's parents was pretty bluntly revealed in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, when Kylo Ren told her that, “They were filthy junk traders. Sold you off for drinking money.” But, at its heart, The Last Jedi worked to break the typical Star Wars formula, providing a complex movie that didn't mirror the original trilogy as Episode Seven had. It abruptly kills off the main villain, along with the franchise's main hero. This was a movie where anything could happen—including giving misinformation about Rey's parents as a twist to the Empire Strikes Back narrative arc.

In a new theory posed by Film Threat, the upcoming Star Wars IX might reveal the truth about Rey's parents, who could be two characters we know pretty well. According to this theory, Rey is the child of Han Solo and Qi'ra, his first love who we met in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

In this scenario, Han at some point cheated on Leia and had a child with Qi'ra. Which is shitty, but would explain why Leia and Han broke up and why Kylo hates his father. It also works in terms of the Force. Leia is on the Light Side and had a Dark Side child, while Qi'ra has ties to the Dark Side and had a Light Side child. This is the balance to the Force that Rey was seeing while training with Luke. It also explains the sibling-like connection between Rey and Kylo, which mirrors that of Luke and Leia.


If Qi'ra abandoned Rey on Jakku, it's possible that Han had tracked her down (or been keeping an eye on her over the years), which is why the Millennium Falcon was so conveniently on her planet. Within the context of this theory, other moments from The Force Awakens make a lot more sense, like Rey's interactions with both Leia and Han, who knew she was tied to the family (remember when Leia ignored Chewbacca and everyone else to greet Rey?).

It's a pretty damn good theory that would appease both camps—those who hate the Disney Star Wars movies, and those who think they're pretty good. We'll just have to wait until next year to find out.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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