Just as an FYI (for your information), this article will contain a lot of spoilers about the new Star Wars The Force Awakens! If you have not seen the Force Awakens, I highly recommend it, especially before reading this article.
So who is Rey? Well, we can presume that Rey is actually Luke Skywalker’s daughter that was abandoned on the desert planet from a young age. She may even had been briefly taught by Luke in the ways of the Force before Luke gave up on teaching new students due to Rylo-Ken killing off all the young Jedi’s when he decided to join the Dark Side.
Rey is a masterful mechanic with minimal training, a natural pilot, and she has a high sensitivity to the Force itself. This is all shown throughout the entire movie in brilliant detail. For example, she fixes the Millennium Falcon with minimal time and fixes problems that even Han Solo and Chewie could not fix during the Empire Strikes Back. We already know that Rey likely has an overwhelming connection to the Force, but furthermore we also see during a scene where she has an “Excalibur” moment where Luke’s lightsaber calls out to her from beneath the basement on the watering hole that Han Solo takes them to.
During this flashback, she sees both the potential future and things that have already come to pass. The lightsaber calls out to her because it is hers. For those who do not know, Luke Skywalker is given the lightsaber of his father by Obi Wan Kenobi to train with before fighting the Empire. This same lightsaber is now calling out to Rey, Darth Vader’s granddaughter. In one scene, it is shown that the lightsaber rejects Kylo Ren in favor for Rey. This is because Darth Vader is attempting to reconcile all the evil he has done, and he has finally found a way to beat death by being reborn, or reincarnated, in Rey.
Rey is Darth Vader’s attempt to make right all the things he has done, and to make peace with himself for the sins he has committed against the galaxy. Rey is the harbinger of Darth Vader’s return not as a force of evil, but rather as a force of good, the paragon of the Light Side of the Force finally reincarnated to bring balance to the Force.
When you view it from this angle, it makes way more sense why Rey has all of these intuitive abilities with minimal training. These are all things that Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) displayed as a child himself with his pod racing skills and ability to create and communicate with droids on a deeper level than others.
Because she is the reincarnated form of Anakin Skywalker, when the Force awakens in her, she has an overwhelming conduit to power exactly because her soul is so intricately tied with Anakin’s. This is why she is able to use a lightsaber masterfully against Kylo Ren, why she can fix the Millennium Falcon easily, and also why she was able to Force Control the Stormtroopers that captured her where she manipulated them to release her.
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