WARNING: The following article will contain what could be MAJOR SPOILERS from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They are apparently sourced from the upcoming Alan Dean Foster novelization of the movie, and not the film itself. Nonetheless, they could be potentially major spoilers detailing characters and their relationships in the Force Awakens. Again, this is your SPOILER WARNING. Don’t go whining that you got spoiled if you read this as it’s your choice for doing so!
These comes from a Reddit post (archive here) and while 99.9% of the time such a thing would fire off red flags and be filled with fan fiction BS, there’s nothing here that does that. In fact this meshes well with what’s already known, and fills in some details on the characters. It also squashes another popular fan fiction rumor, specifically Plagueis.
On Rey’s relationship:
“There have been rumors that Rey is Luke’s daughter. She is not. Rather, she is his chosen apprentice. She was orphaned at a young age and Luke might as well be the closest thing she had to a father figure. She is not a Skywalker by blood, however.
Luke and Rey’s relationship has a lot to do with Kylo Ren’s motivations in the story.”
“There is no denying the Skywalker legacy. I’m just saying Rey is not blood related so don’t hope to hear some story about Luke’s dead wife or whatever. Rey was orphaned. Luke recognized the force in her, took her in as an apprentice, and ultimately adopted her as his own. It is true that Luke had started an academy and that he was training several young jedi, but Rey was the favored one.”
On Finn’s name:
“Rumors that Rey “gives” Finn his name are true. It is most definitely related to his Stormtrooper designation, as many have deduced from the FN=Finn. Finn in a sense is also an orphan, and it’s worth noting both bond over the shared similarities in their life stories.”
“He is the blood relation, via Han and Leia. A lot of his anger stems from the fact that Luke favored an adopted child over an actual member of the Skywalker bloodline. It is hinted that Luke had sensed a propensity for the dark side in Kylo and was therefore hesitant to train him.
Kylo was at the academy, the academy is indeed ransacked. Luke’s instinct is to protect Rey, and Kylo witnesses this. Kylo is abducted and indoctrinated into the Knights of Ren. The Ren wish to eliminate the Jedi from the galaxy, and Kylo takes this on as his personal mission as he grows older due to his particularly personal motivation. This creates a tense dynamic between Kylo and Snoke. Kylo’s goals are not the same as the Knights of Ren. He believes he is pulling one over on them by exploiting their resources for his personal gain, but Snoke is an aware puppet master playing on this all along.
Scorned by Luke, Kylo denies him as the last truly great Jedi and instead turns to Darth Vader as a role model. Kylo is obsessed with his heritage and frustrated that all those around him only wanted to deny it. Kylo believes he has the power of Vader and secretly plans to usurp control of the Knights of Ren.”
Snoke is not Plagueis:
“Not Plagueis. Role is much like the Emperor/Senator Palpatine. To the First Order he is their mysterious Supreme Leader governing from afar. They see Kylo as a surrogate of sorts. In secret he is the head of the Knights of Ren. I have not seen the film or images of Snoke. The description I have read is intentionally vague. Species is not named.
A lot of the Ren mythology is not touched on. Really setting up for further exploration in the next episodes.”
Sarco Plank and Lor San Tekka:
“Sarco Plank exists mainly as a background character. Despite his presence in the toy line and the Luke junior novel, he has no impact on the film’s story. Seems like he was just an interesting design that others have latched onto.
Lor San Tekka was an Imperial officer. He and his troops were abandoned on Jakku. The remaining Imps on Jakku are a warring faction with Unkar Plutt and his thugs, who run scavenging operations. Rey is caught somewhere between the two “tribes.””
As I said there are no big red flags in that information of it being some kind of fan fiction made up based on trailers or existing rumors. It meshes well with what’s known and the Rey/Kylo relationship could be an interesting dynamic to explore during the Sequel Trilogy. Instead of it being a blood-relative feud, there’s jealously involved…which is the path to the Dark Side.
Still there’s no way to know if they’re real, so they’re just rumored spoilers for now. But I wouldn’t be shocked if this is how the movie plays out in terms of the character’s relationships.