What follows contains spoilers for The Force Awakens. If you haven't had a chance to see the movie yet you might want to skip this Star Wars insights and come back once you've seen the film.
When Rey and Finn part company in Maz Kanata's Castle, she starts to hear sounds from the building's basement, the sounds are cries. They are the cries of children. What happens next is open to interpretation at this point. So let's take a look at Rey's first exposure to the Force...
I think my experience of this scene may be a little different to most mainstream audiences because I followed a lot of spoiler talk. I was expecting Rey to have a vision, although to be fair, I thought it might be instigated by Maz, not something waking up within Rey. So the first hint we get of Rey's Force vision is the cries of children. Remember what Yoda tells Luke on Dagobah, "Through the Force, things you will see, the future, the past. Old friends long gone..." I think it's fair to assume that the cries Rey can hear are from the past, but are they from her past, or someone else's?
The cries lead Rey to a small wooden box. Inside is Anakin's Lightsaber. The weapon was lost on Bespin during Luke's duel with Darth Vader on Cloud City. Is Rey "reading" something connected to that weapon?
One possible interpretation is that Rey is "reading" a past that is connected to Anakin's Lightsaber. Are the cries the cries of the children Anakin slaughtered with that very blade? I believe so. It could be connected to something we see later in Rey's vision, possibly something connected to her childhood?
Soon, Rey is consumed by the Force vision and we witness her on Bespin, in the angled corridors of Cloud City, this is the "memory" of the Lightsaber, it's something new for us to learn about the Force. Almost immediately Cloud City crumbles and Rey finds herself in a rain drench clearing, surrounded by the bodies of those slaughtered by the Knights Of Ren. We soon witness Kylo Ren despatch a victim in front of Rey, the murder makes Rey recoil. Then she is confronted by Kylo Ren who stares at her. Is this a vision of the future, or the past?
We then get a look directly into Rey's past as she is handed over to Unkar Plutt. The small and frightened Rey watches as a ship takes off and leaves Jakku. We know Rey is awaiting the return of her family, but who dropped her on Jakku and into the 'care' of Plutt?
I have an feeling that these visions tell us a little about who Rey is. These visions are clearly new for her, the power of that weapon and its connection to two powerful Jedi may have helped her connect with the Force. Perhaps this is the Awakening Snoke is distracted by. The vision may also offer a hint about Rey's lineage. I've been quite vocal about how I want Rey and Finn to be original characters, without ties to the original cast in any way, but there may be an implied connection here between Rey and Kylo Ren.
We learn from Han Solo that Kylo Ren was once a student of Luke Skywalker. We later learn that Kylo Ren is actually Ben Skywalker, son of Han Solo and Leia Organa. He betrayed Luke and slaughtered the students that Luke was training as Jedi. Could Rey have been at the school? Is that why she found herself there, in the vision? One possibility is that Kylo Ren valued the young Rey and so spared her. When he confronts her later, is he remembering her and indeed her promise as a young Padawan? Or are the two connected by blood? Leia and Han gave no indication that Rey was their daughter, because initially I thought she may be Kylo Ren's sister, but could she be a cousin? It worth noting that Han seems to realise who a Rey is, with Maz Kanata actually asking him, "Who's the girl?" We don't get to hear his explanation to Maz because we cut away to Rey and Finn, but I think he knows who she is for sure.
I'm betting Rey is Luke's daughter. Which poses the question, did we see a reunion between father and daughter at the end of The Force Awakens? That would explain how Rey was so powerful in the Force so quickly. We may have gotten a glimpse at the moment Luke leaves Rey with Unkar Plutt on Jakku as she looks to the sky screaming, "Come back, come back!" As the ship takes off. Did Luke leave her on Jakku because The Falcon was there and so Han would be there one day? Did Luke see all these events in a vision?
Now I'm betting Supreme Leader Snoke has three things to worry about. Firstly, the awakening signifies new potential Jedi to thwart his accession to power. Secondly, Kylo Ren appears to have designs on Rey. Does he want to train Rey in the Force, seduce her and overthrow Snoke? This is the Sith method, after all. Finally, Luke may well be motivated to come out of hiding and put an end to Kylo Ren's deeds, and stop Snoke, especially if Snoke is actually Darth Plagueis as we all seem to believe.
Will episode eight see the return of both the Sith and the Jedi? Is Kylo Ren's weakness actually his ambition? Will he try to seduce Rey? Have your say in the comments.
Thank you for reading,