Solo may not have done so well in the box office; it may have some pretty mixed reviews. But we here at Nerd State of Mind happened to like it. Check out our review, even if you haven't seen it yet. Maybe we'll convince you.
If you have seen it, liked it (or even disliked it), and want to talk about what this means for the Star Wars universe, then you have come to the right place! Because boy, oh boy, do we have some ideas.
This one might be going out on a bit of a limb, but could it be possible that this film reveals the origin of a "nobody" from a, timeline-wise, future Star Wars film?
Yes, folks, we here postulate that Qi-ra just might be Rey's mother!
Our evidence focuses mostly on things not on screen but implied. While some have suggested that perhaps she is the lovechild of Qi'ra and Han, we believe that it is even less connected than that, with only Qi'ra serving as a parent.
Han Solo feels an immediate connection to Rey, not because it is his daughter, but because she reminds him of his first love.
This would explain why Rey has a British accent even though so few of her compatriots do. We also see Qi-ra demonstrate some impressive combat skills in particular with an elongated sword. Who else used an elongated weapon? Rey, suggesting it is a skill she had already begun to learn from her mother, before being left on Jakku.
Rey also very clearly knows about the Kessel Run and the impressive speed at which Han Solo could do it. In previous Star Wars films, the only person who ever mentions this is Han Solo, and in an attempt to convince Obi-Wan and Luke to climb aboard. So how could a random scavenger on the surface of Jakku have heard of Solo, but not recognize the ship that he accomplished that feat with? Because her mother was there, and her mother passed on the somewhat embellished version that Han himself perpetuated.
Further, her mother, Qi'ra, takes over the Crimson Dawn, working for Darth Maul, a Sith. Her mother would be aware of the Jedi, have extensive knowledge of them, and pass that on to her daughter. Rey knows about the Jedi and the Force, but only fully comes into an understanding of it with the help of Han Solo. In a world where the last Jedi quite literally lives on an island so far away from all else that his own Force sensitive sister can't find him, how would Rey have knowledge of the Jedi and care. Because her mother raised her in that knowledge.
So what could lead Qi'ra to abandon her own daughter on Jakku, never to see her again? Possibly she was in danger for whatever underworld dealings she is still a part of during the rise of the First Order. Or possibly she is hiding her child, someone tangentially connected to the Jedi and the Skywalkers, whom Kylo might seriously want to meet. Regardless of the reason, however, Qi'ra certainly knew how capable her daughter was, and believed that she could survive in the underbelly of society, in much the same way as her mother.