The light and the dark. The Jedi and the Sith. A girl and a boy. In the Star Wars sequel series, we’ve watched the relationship between our hero Rey and antagonist Kylo Ren develop from enemies to allies and potentially back to enemies again. Their connection made even further headway in The Last Jedi when they shared a ‘Force-bond’, lovingly referred to by fans as a ‘Force Skype call’. While the end of the film saw them back on opposite sides of each other, they’ve become even closer.

In the Vanity Fair cover story covering the ninth and final film in the Skywalker saga, The Rise of Skywalker, they spoke of the connection between these characters. While the featured article didn’t go too in-depth of their relationship, it did mention something rather significant. According to a source close to the film, Rey and Kylo’s “Force-connection will turn out to run even deeper than we thought.” What does that mean? Are we getting more Force Skype calls? Unfortunately we didn’t learn what that connection could look like, but the publisher was able to sit with the two leads to discuss what they think of the characters’ relationship.

It’s quickly noted that these characters seem to be the exact opposite of one another. Kylo comes from a powerful family with strong-willed parents dedicated to their careers. Meanwhile Rey grew up without a family and was sold into slavery. However, both Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver focused on the loneliness of their characters. Driver seemingly moreso as he said “If you were the product of those two people, two very strong personalities who seemed to be almost more committed to a cause than anything else, what’s that like?” Neither of those parents were skilled in the powers of the Force, either, which isolated the young Force user even further. “How do you form friendships out of that? How do you understand the weight of that? . . . It can easily go awry,” Driver concluded.

Rey is also feeling isolation in her new-found powers. With Luke Skywalker gone, Rey has this massive burden on her shoulders to try to save the galaxy. “It’s a bit lonely having that much on one’s shoulders,” Ridley agreed. After her (arguably terrible) Jedi Master became one with the Force, the only other person to understand her powers is Kylo. They didn’t end on good terms. Ridley says that Rey is less inclined to believe he can be redeemed, especially after her first time trying to reach him went horribly.

However, Driver says that Kylo is still questioning on whether or not to continue their relationship. He says that Kylo “had been forging this maybe-bond with Rey. The Last Jedi ends with the question in the air: is he going to pursue that relationship more or, when the door of her ship goes up, does that also close that camaraderie? This idea of being alone.” When asked if the bond between Rey and Kylo will end in love or just friendship, Driver keeps the answer vague. “I don’t think it’s any one thing. The strength in what Rian [Johnson] wrote and what J.J. [Abrams] wrote is it’s never all one thing.”

What do you think of their comments? Where do you see these characters ending up? Check out the cover photos featuring them and let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more Star Wars news! 

Star Wars: Episode IX is directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Abrams and Chris Terrio. The film stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John BoyegaOscar IsaacLupita Nyong’oDomhnall GleesonKelly Marie TranJoonas SuotamoBillie LordNaomi AckieKeri RussellDominic MonaghanRichard E. GrantMark HamillBilly Dee Williams, and Anthony Daniels with the late Carrie Fisher

The film enters hyperspace (aka theaters) on December 19th, 2019.

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Daisy Ridley as Rey on the cover of Vanity Fair

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren on the cover of Vanity Fair



Erin Lynch