*The below will contain spoilers for the Legacy of the Force (Not-Canon) series of novels as well as a mild spoiler from the Shattered Empire comic (Canon)*
It’s one of the most popular theories out there surrounding The Force Awakens, that Kylo Ren and Rey are brother and sister. More specifically that they are going to essentially be an adaptation of Jacen and Jaina Solo, Han and Leia’s twins from material that is no longer canon. Here’s why I don’t think it’s likely that they’re twins, much less siblings.
First and foremost it seems to be just way too convenient. I would maybe say lazy even, if J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan were to just pluck that idea from what is now called Star Wars Legends. The reason I say this is because in the Legacy of the Force novels, Jacen falls to the dark side of the Force and becomes Darth Caedus. This obviously seems to mirror our hero Rey being Jaina and Kylo Ren being Jacen/Darth Caedus, it’s right there, I get it. With that said, the marketing campaign and the usual blanket of secrecy J.J. likes to surround his projects tell me that it’s too obvious, too easy to see through, for them to essentially be Jacen and Jaina. Oh, not to mention Luke and Leia already being twins. It’s been done.
Now, just because I doubt they are brother and sister, I could see them possibly being related as maybe cousins. Kathleen Kennedy, the President of Lucasfilm, said recently in The Costco Connection that “the Saga films focus on the Skywalker family saga.” Clearly at least one of our newcomers to the franchise are going to be of Skywalker lineage. Before we jump straight to Rey and Kylo Ren though, let’s narrow it down first.
Outside of Kylo Ren and Rey, Poe Dameron would probably seem like the next most likely candidate to be a Skywalker. That is if you haven’t been reading Shattered Empire, the relatively new comic that just finished its four-issue run. The comic starts during the end of The Battle of Endor and largely tells the story of a Rebel pilot named Shara Bey. I’m not going to go into great detail about the comic, but you find out that she’s married to another Rebel named Kes Dameron and together have a young boy named Poe. As this comic is part of the new official canon, we can eliminate Poe from contention as we know who his parents are and neither of ’em is a Skywalker.
Finn is another option though it is unlikely simply due to race. Not to say impossible by any means. On The Force Awakens panel at San Diego Comic Con this year, J.J. said they didn’t write Finn or Rey to be any color. We also largely have no idea about what’s transpired over the last 30 years since Return of the Jedi ended. Though he does wield a lightsaber in the trailer, he certainly doesn’t seem as comfortable with it as Kylo Ren does with his.
The last notable new human character we know of is General Hux with The First Order. This to me also seems unlikely as we have had no indication as of yet that he has any kind of Force sensitivity, not to mention that he has hardly been featured in any of the trailers. I’m not going to include Captain Phasma for consideration as I don’t know that anyone has explicitly said she is human and we only have ever seen her in full armor.
That brings us back to Kylo Ren and Rey and I do think there’s a chance that they are cousins. One of the Kylo Ren toys has lines of dialogue and one of them is “Is it true…you’re just a scavenger?” This is most likely directed at Rey considering she’s a scavenger on Jakku and indicates that Kylo Ren at least knows of her, even if they don’t know each other.
Also, as pointed out by many, the official film poster that was released over the weekend shows Rey and Kylo Ren side by side, while Rey’s staff and Kylo Ren’s lightsaber are essentially parallel to one another. I don’t think this is completely by accident.
So with all that in mind, I could see Kylo Ren maybe being Han and Leia’s son with Rey maybe being Luke’s daughter. Perhaps Kylo was once a pupil of Luke’s before being seduced by the dark side and joining the Knights of Ren, which is what causes Luke to go into isolation, as all signs point to him not showing up until closer to the end of the movie. Maybe Luke doesn’t know about Rey, maybe her mother was stranded on Jakku after the battle there, but before her birth and Luke didn’t know about it.
Of course there’s also the possibility that they aren’t related and only one of them is carrying on the Skywalker legacy. If that’s the case my money is on Rey because Kennedy talked at SDCC15 about how the franchise would be featuring more strong female characters, both good and bad. Not to mention she’s been the focal point of the trailers and is definitely the most prominently featured character on the poster.
So there’s the breakdown! What do you think? Did I make a better argument for them being brother and sister or against it? Who do you want to see carry on the Skywalker line? Be sure to leave a message and let us know!
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