Get A Load Of This Star Wars Skywalker Theory
So, who’s Rey?
1. She’s freaky-awesome at using the Force pretty much as soon as she tries
2. She doesn’t recognize Luke at the end of the movie
3. Han Solo warms to her very quickly, which is not a very Han thing to do
4. Han’s “lost” the Falcon on the same planet she’s been deposited
She’s also, in all likelihood, Luke’s daughter. And she doesn’t recognize her father because she’s had her memory wiped by her father!
Let’s start with point number two.
For the first time in the Star Wars film franchise, we see the new idea that a Force-user can get into somebody’s mind i.e. Kylo Ren’s interrogation technique. It’s therefore not too much of a stretch to posit that if a relatively raw Force-user can extract information, then a Jedi Master could manipulate memories to a far higher degree. So, she doesn’t recognize her father because he’s wiped her memory of him.
Which brings us to point number one: ridiculously awesome Force skills for somebody with no training? Two parts to this… firstly, as a Skywalker, she’s super strong with the Force already. And if she’s the one in the Prophecy, then it’s not too much of a stretch to suggest she could be the most powerful Jedi to ever live.
That aside, her ability to use the Force so quickly can be easily explained by one notion: she’s already had extensive training in how to use the Force… from her father.
Luke has trained the living bejaysus out of her. And when he wipes her memories (or rather, buries them) she still has those skills… she’s just forgotten she knew them. It’s all very Jason Bourne, but it fits perfectly.
So… point three and four: Han warms to her quickly—and somehow misplaced the Falcon. How? Because Luke wiped his mind, too. Luke sent Han to hide her somewhere so he wouldn’t know where his daughter was. The whole “Hide Skywalker Jr. from Skywalker Sr.” thing seems to be a family constant and it’s happened again here.
Which brings us to the big question: why would Luke do this? Here’s what’s perhaps going on:
Young Rey has been trained since birth by her father to be a Jedi. She was a Padawan in his Jedi school. When the Knights of Ren attacked, Luke chose to protect his daughter first and foremost… leading to the death of the other Padawans.
Remember in the saber-vision (which is all memories, not visions) when we see Luke’s robo-hand touching R2-D2, but we don’t see his face? And remember how the camera angle is pretty low to the ground? That’s because it’s a view through the eyes of a 10-year-old girl, standing behind her dad in the aftermath of the attack.
Luke realizes Rey is his weakness because he values her life more than others (a big no-no for a Jedi) and this weakness is something that could be exploited by Snoke. If Snoke IS Darth Plaguis (good theory) then he’s obviously a bit of an immortal bad-ass and Luke is most likely fearful Snoke could use this weakness against him and turn Rey to the Dark Side.
So what’s his solution? Hide young daughter from daddy to prevent her from being exploited/corrupted by the Dark Side, the same way Luke and Leia were.
And how does he accomplish this? Get Uncle Han to agree it’s for the best, fly her away somewhere without telling Luke where, leave the much-loved and trusted Falcon so she’s always got a way out (she handles it like a pro simply because she’s been flying in it with Uncle Han a million times), then when he comes back, wipe Han’s memory of it, too.
If Snoke ever finds Luke, Luke won’t be able to give up his daughter because he honestly doesn’t know where she is, and as long as she’s out there as an über Jedi in waiting, there’s always going to be a new hope tying into the original Episode IV that The Force Awakens is clearly, and intentionally, derivative of.