Photo Credit: Lucasfilm
Rey is a “nobody.”
During the trailer for The Force Awakens, Rey flat out says that she is no one. Many believed that to be a tease for her real connection to someone powerful — such as Luke Skywalker, Sheev Palpatine, Obi-Wan Kenobi, or even Yoda. Okay, probably not Master Yoda.
Anyways, Kylo Ren reveals that Rey is connected to deadbeat parents, who gave her up for a little cash, who ended up dead, buried in a remote graveyard on Jakku.
Rey also learns from Kylo Ren that she can be someone special if she joins him, a temptation that she “flirts” with, but ultimately refuses.
Will more surface on Rey in Episode IX on her parentage? Could this be a red herring and misdirection? Hopefully, not. Rey being a “nobody” is a breath of fresh air, one that is a less likely origin than being connected to someone powerful, but a more fitting one.
Luke led to Ben Solo’s downfall
A tear-jerker, to say the least, we discover that Luke Skywalker was responsible for the fall of Ben Solo into Kyo Ren. The surprising aspect of that tragedy is that Luke nearly killed Ben Solo in order to stop him from turning into the next Darth Vader.
Luke withdrew from those impulses, with Kylo Ren retaliating by wiping out Luke’s entire Jedi Order, then joining Snoke’s side as his apprentice in the process.
The jaded Jedi Master then runs away from it all, refusing to train anyone ever again. That is until Rey shows up, with a surprise visit from one of his former Masters, as well.