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I don’t normally get involved when it comes to fan theory speculation, preferring to let everyone, including myself, have their opinion and see what the canon of a work does or does not eventually say. But recently, one Star Wars fan theory has me scratching my head on how it became so popular since it seems to ignore all logic and everything that the storytellers have established.
In the last couple of weeks, the Star Wars fandom has been speculating whether or not a character from Star Wars Rebels, Sabine Wren, is the daughter of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore (the latter of whom we met in Star Wars: The Clone Wars). The theory goes that Sabine is their daughter AND the mother of Rey from The Force Awakens, meaning Rey is Obi-Wan’s granddaughter.
It’s the latest in a long line of theories about Rey’s parentage. The only problem – it doesn’t logically hold up to what’s already been established in terms of the characters’ histories.
Let’s start with the facts as we know them about Obi-Wan Kenobi and Duchess Satine’s timeline and relationship:
- Obi-Wan and Satine met and had some sort of romantic interaction during a year-long mission on Mandalore while Kenobi was still Qui-Gon Jinn’s padawan.
- During this year, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon protected Satine from bounty hunters who wanted to kill her.
- At the end of this year, Obi-Wan chose to stay in the Jedi Order over pursuing whatever thing he had going with Satine, putting an end to any future romantic relationship possibilities between the two.
- Obi-Wan is not the type of Jedi to have a girl on the side. He spends so much of the Clone Wars series trying to dissuade Anakin from pursuing his feeling for Padme. He committed fully to the Order and would never break its rules on forming attachments.
- When Obi-Wan and Satine meet again, the Clone Wars are in full swing and Obi-Wan once again is tasked with protecting Satine from death (The Mandalore Plot arc). These episodes imply that Obi-Wan has not seen Satine since his year on Mandalore, which is entirely plausible because the galaxy is huge af.
- Qui-Gon Jinn dies on Naboo during the events of The Phantom Menace when Anakin Skywalker is 9 years old.
With all that in mind, let’s dive into the 3 reasons why Sabine is not Obi-Wan Kenobi and Duchess Satine’s child and why that doesn’t mean your Rey Kenobi theory is dead.