February 7, 2023
Star Wars The Last Jedi

Exploring the relationship between Rey and Kylo Ren. Will they or won’t they?

Reylo; the fan-grown phenomenon directly influenced by The Last Jedi which featured an unsuspected intimacy between fellow Force wielders, Rey and Kylo Ren. Now, I’ve predicted that Kylo Ren and Rey’s relationship was a little different than the classic hero/villain dynamic ever since he interrogated her in The Force Awakens.

Star Wars | The Reylo Phenomenon

Early in the movie, we see Kylo Ren interrogating Poe Dameron. It is a classic interrogation scene with the captive refusing to give information and the interrogator forcing the captive’s cooperation. At no point did Kylo delve into Poe’s deepest thoughts and desires, remove his helmet, or lean disturbingly close to him. But with Rey, it was the exact opposite.

Star Wars | The Reylo Phenomenon

When she called him “a monster in a mask” he removed his helmet, shocking us viewers (and Rey) with his surprising good looks and his Hollywood hair. He then began to proceed to lean against her interrogation chair like he was trying to see what she smelled like and delving into her mind to look at her most private moments. Like when she sleeps!

(I thought we were trying to find the map to Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren. What does looking at her sleeping have to do with anything?)

At that moment the possibilities of Kylo Ren and Rey being in a romantic relationship began to come to fruition in my mind because of his odd behaviour but I wasn’t sure if my potential couple “spidey-sense” was legit or false. Sure enough The Last Jedi comes around and we’re given so many intimate moments between Rey and Kylo Ren that all I could do was watch in utter (and slightly delighted) shock.

Now, with Episode IX filming the Reylo concept is still very much in effect but, as always, things are still up in the air between these two characters. Since the first time, these two characters met their relationship has been rocky, to say the least.

Star Wars | The Reylo Phenomenon

They’ve fought each other, put each other down, sneered at each other, hated each other, and yet their stories are connected in ways that haven’t been entirely elaborated upon just yet. In The Last Jedi Rey was very much still a staunch opponent of Kylo’s until she found out that he was just a victim to childhood (and young adult) trauma. She began to try to help him and ended up acquiring feelings for the temperamental Force wielder.

Star Wars | The Reylo Phenomenon

And then Kylo, who clearly was interested in her since The Force Awakens, ended up revealing his deepest secrets about his past to her and would kill Snoke (his master!) to save her life. He even basically told Rey that he loved her…, atoin a very Kylo Ren way.

(This is the Kylo-Ren-I-love-you quote: “You come from nothing. You’re nothing. But not to me.”)

Star Wars | The Reylo Phenomenon

It was only until he asked Rey to join him and together they would rule the galaxy (sound familiar?) that their budding relationship came to an end and they became enemies again. But, are we supposed to suspect that they are truly rivals now. It, sure enough, seemed that they didn’t like each other at the end of The Force Awakens. And then the next movie featured them participating in the most romantic hand touch of all time.

Star Wars | The Reylo Phenomenon

If they are, officially, a couple by Episode IX that would make the film so interesting. It would take the forbidden-love story concept that was presented in the prequel trilogy to the absolute next level. And if they potentially, at some time, end up kissing the “Reylo” community would probably break the internet with their excitement and I-told-you-so’s.

Personally, I would love to see Rey and Kylo Ren together officially and legitimately. I’m a sucker for love stories and what’s more riveting than a love story between two characters on opposing sides. It would also be a great development for the trilogy as a whole because not only would it somewhat mirror Anakin and Padme’s relationship but we’ve also never seen a relationship between two Force-wielders before. Sounds awesome if you ask me.

Star Wars | The Reylo Phenomenon

But, because there will undoubtedly be at least one lightsaber duel in Episode IX, would something happen that is so drastic that these Force-wielding lovers would be forced to fight each other like Obi-Wan was forced to fight Anakin? Ah, the drama.

Like I said at the beginning of this post; Reylo is a fan-grown phenomenon. Whether it will become something legitimate or a storyline wished for by fans for years to come will be discovered next December.

Do you subscribe to the Reylo phenomenon? Join the conversation and share your thoughts.


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1 thought on “Star Wars | The Reylo Phenomenon

  1. A very good analysis and outlook. Hope the same relationsship development as you‘ve outlooked for Episode IX.

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