What a well-written and well thought out article! However, I agree with others that, failing a Lucasian plot twist out of the blue, it’s going to be difficult to make Rey a Kenobi.
Commenting to my sons after seeing TFA, I proposed that Rey is Han and Leia’s daughter. Among the fiction that sprang up in the barren years (some good, some, not so much) Zahn proposed that Han and Leia had twins. Although neither of them were named Ben (that was another character), it’s no stretch to imagine the film canon (a separate, but related ‘universe’) borrowing the twin story and co-opting it for episodes VII - IX.
From a plot perspective, how much conflict can Disney wring out of twins fighting each other? I need to see TFA again to really deconstruct these thoughts (I’ve only seen it once, so far), but as a writer I can see a lot of plot mileage with this scenario.
- Luke failed to prevent Ben/Kylo from falling under the influence of the dark side. So did Ben, with Anakin. Yet Ben, somewhat vicariously, was able to help Luke stay true to the light. Can Luke do the same thing, losing Ben to the dark side, but helping Rey stay true to the light? I hope he doesn’t have to die in Episode VIII to do so.
- As for Rey being left on Jakku, there is all sorts of symmetry there for Rey to be Han and Leia’s daughter. Jakku reminds us strongly of Tatooine. Leia herself could have left Rey there, leading to the strong emotions Rey feels for her mother. As for the dreams/visions Rey has, again, I need to view TFA again to really catch all the subtleties there, but the force is capable of complex physical, mental and spiritual powers, so why can’t Rey be Luke’s niece and not his daughter?
- In this scenario, Rey watched as her brother (perhaps she doesn’t know he is her brother yet) ran their father through with a lightsaber and killed him (or so we believe…). Imagine the conflict within her as she struggles to “do the right thing.” Kylo/Ben is her brother, she must save him…Kylo/Ben killed their father, she must avenge Han!
Of course, there is also the fact that Rey immediately takes over as the pilot of the Falcon, and Chewie seems to transfer his life debt to her after the death of Han. Why would he do that if not for the fact that Rey is Han’s daughter?
In any case, that’s my two cents and I, for one, can’t wait for Episode VIII!
May the force be with you…