Rey, born Rey Palpatine, and later self-proclaimed as Rey Skywalker, is one of the protagonists of the Star Wars franchise. She is one of the three protagonists (alongside Anakin and Luke Skywalker) of the Skywalker Saga, serving as the protagonist of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. She is the love interest of Kylo Ren / Ben Solo, which is the central antagonist later turned into the deuteragonist of the sequel trilogy. This canon ship is named by fans as Reylo. Rey is played by Daisy Ridley.
Rey was a scavenger of the desert planet Jakku while waiting for the return of her family. Her adventure begins when she encounters the Resistance droid BB-8 and the former stormtrooper Finn (FN-2187). Along her way to deliver BB-8 to the Resistence, she also meets and become friends with Han Solo and Chewbacca. Later, she learns about her Force sensitive powers and becomes a Jedi Knight fighting for the Resistence. She is trained in the Force by a relutant master Luke Skywalker and afterwards by Leia Organa.
During her journey, she develops a complicated relationship with the son of Han and Leia: Ben Solo known as Kylo Ren, her main opponent and love interest. He is also her Dyad in the Force, which is the equivalent of soulmates, two that are one in the Force. The two of them start out as enemies but because of their Force bond that allows them to interact and communicate across time and space, their relationship gradually evolves into feelings of compassion and understanding of each others actions and past history. They eventually fall in love and become determinated to convince the other to change sides so they can be together.
In The Rise of Skywalker, Rey finally discovers about her origins. She is actually the granddaughter of Sheev Palpatine and she was left in the desert planet when her late parents were trying to hide her from the evil Emperor. However, she decides to reject her lineage and adopt the Skywalker surname to honor the ones she truly considers as family, as her masters (Luke and Leia) and Han Solo that she considers as her parental figures as well as Ben Solo that is half of her soul and the love of her life.
Rey is the daughter of a non-identical clone of the Emperor Palpatine. The Emperor managed to revive himself in a cloned body, and created several other clones, considering Rey's father as his "son". However, Palpatine soon saw his son as a failure because he had no Force Sensitivity. He intentionally let his son escape Exegol, so he would continue the Palpatine bloodline through natural means. As Sidious expected, his son married a woman and she gave birth to Rey.
With no intention to continue the Emperor's legacy, Rey's father tried to hide with his wife and daughter from Palpatine. Nonetheless, Sidious was later able to track them down. So, when Rey was at the age of 5, her parents decided to sell her to Unkar Plutt in an attempt to hide the girl from her grandfather. After abandoning Rey in Jakku, the Emperor's son and his wife were both killed by an assassin that Palpatine had sent to find them. Unaware of her parents' death, Rey would live in Jakku for many years hoping for them to return.
Romance with Ben Solo
Before The Force Awakens
Since a very young age, Rey has strange feelings and daydreams, and Ben Solo/Kylo Ren is present in several them. As a Dyad in the Force, Rey and Ben were connected to each other even before they first meet. In The Rise of Kylo Ren comic, Rey feels cold at the moment Ben is overtaken by rage just before killing the leader of the Knights of Ren. By killing the former "Ren", Ben is recognized as the new leader of the knights. Thus, Rey is able to sense Ben falling further into darkness, committing the act that would officialize him as Kylo Ren..
Because of these visions and feelings, Rey recognizes Kylo Ren the first time she sees him in Takodana as the figure she always has seen in her daydreams and nightmares. Ben apparently had the same feelings and visions about her. In The Force Awakens novelization, when Rey force pulls Anakin's lightsaber from the snow, Kylo recognizes her stating "It's you".
"Forget the droid. We have what we need."
- Kylo deciding to kidnap Rey in Takodana.
The first time Rey sees Kylo during the movie is in a Force vision that happens when she touches Anakin's lightsaber. The first time she really meets him in Takodana, she is terrified of him and attacks him the moment he appears. Kylo realizes that she has seen the map to Luke Skywalker and instead of continue to look for the droid that has it, he kidnaps her taking her into his arms, bridal carrying her to his ship. When she wakes up, Kylo is kneeling down watching her in the interrogation room. He greets her saying that she is "his guest" and she expresses her discomfort in being chased by a “creature in a mask”. In response to this, Kylo Ren takes off his helmet, allowing her to see his face and she stares him surprised to see a normal looking young guy.
"You are so lonely, so afraid to leave..."
- Kylo uncovering Rey's feelings during the interrogation.
Rey has the impression that Kylo would have even passed as someone she would meet in the streets of Niima Outpost but with something simmering behind his gaze. During the interrogation, Kylo Ren dives into her mind noticing for the first time how lonely she feels and in turn Rey manages to counter him probing into his mind and senses his fear of not being as strong as Vader.
Shocked by her resistance, Kylo seeks his master, Supreme Leader Snoke, for help. In the novelization, Snoke tells Kylo that the reason of his failure is not Rey’s strength but that the compassion he feels for the girl is making him weak. Afterwards, Rey escapes and while Kylo is pursuing her, he meets his own father, Han Solo. When he kills Han, Rey becomes totally disgusted by him. He finds her and Finn in the forest of Starkiller Base and she calls him a monster showing her disgust.
When Kylo knocks Rey temporally out, Finn activates Anakin's lightsaber to fight and Kylo becomes furious, demanding his grandfather's lightsaber back as he believes it rightfully belongs to him. However, after Rey wakes up and forces pulls Anakin’s lightsaber from the snow, making it fly past him to her when he was trying to pull it, he just looks at her completely in awe.
"You need a teacher! I could show you the ways of the Force!"
- Kylo Ren after cornering Rey on the edge of a rift during their battle.
He battles her and initially dominates the fight. At a certain point, he corners her on the edge of a rift but instead of pushing her down, he tells her that she needs training and offers to teach her the ways of the Force, showing that he has no true intent to kill her. However, this moment of hesitation to finish his opponent gives Rey time to figure out her new found Force sensitive powers and encounter her inner strength to fight him back. She attacks and is able to overpower him. Kylo drops down on the ground badly injured and with a scared face, when a rift opens right between them, separating Rey from Kylo.
Rey goes to Ahch-To seeking Luke Skywalker and tries to convince him to leave the island and fight for the Resistence, but Luke refuses. Luke realizes something different about Rey, and, after some persistance, he agrees to teach her about the Force. However, during the first lesson, Luke is terrified on how Rey is attracted by the call of the dark side of the island, which reminds him of his own nephew, Ben Solo.
Luke tells Rey his own version of the night Ben turned to the dark side. Ben was his student in the Jedi Temple, and according to Luke, one night he went to confront his nephew about the darkness within him and that's the moment he turned against him, attacking him. Believing himself as a failure after Ben's fall, Luke went to Ahch-To to die. Meanwhile, Luke is unaware that Rey has a connection with his nephew and that she has been communicating with him.
"Can you see my surroundings? I can't see yours. Just you..."
- Kylo in the first Force bond connection.
It is revelead that Rey and Kylo have Force bond, which allows them to interact and see each other although in different locations, later revealed to be the result of them being a Dyad in the Force. In the first connections, Rey is surprised and still furious at him for the murder of Han Solo but as they keep interacting more a closer relationship evolves between them. They find a common sentiment of abandonment because of their families past histories and start to feel empathy towards each other. Rey tries to understand the man that hides behind the mask of Kylo Ren and the reasons that leaded to his acts. Their interactions have hints of growing romantic feelings between them through their Force connections, their feelings and relationship are even more explicit in the novelization, definitely showing their want to be together.
At a certain point, Rey starts to call him Ben and she’s the only one who Kylo allows it, which is very significant since he hates his birthname as it reminds him of the unrealistic expectations people had about him. There are also hints that they are attracted to the other, Rey feels nervous when she sees him shirtless during a Force Bond connection, they are seen staring each other's lips more than one moment and they both keep eye contact, gazing intently the other for too long in several scenes.
One night, Rey argues with Kylo about Han's death and how her parents had abandoned her. During this conversation, Kylo tells Rey his version about the night he turned to the dark side. According to him, Luke had tried to kill him during his sleep, so he attacked him to defend himself. Rey initially does not believe in Kylo's version and accuses him of lying. However, still shaken by this conversation, she goes to explore the dark side of the island that has been calling for her as she looks for answers. She falls into a hole and enters the mirror cave, and inside she sees many versions of herself. She asks the mirror cave to see her parents, but the cave only shows her own reflexion.
After leaving the mirror cave with no answers, Rey is devastated and lonely. She feels that the only person that would understand her feelings is Kylo. So, when the Force connects them shorty after, she tells him everything that happened in the cave. Kylo sympathizes with Rey as he also feels abandoned by his family. He becomes emotional even tearing up while hearing her tell on how she feels lonely. He tries to comfort her saying that she is not alone, in which Rey replies that he also is not.
Kylo - "You're not alone."
Rey - "And neither are you."
- Rey and Kylo comforting each other through their Force bond.
After this moment of shared loneliness and vulnerability, she offers her hand to him and they touch hands reaching for each other through their Force bond. When their fingers touch, they are surprised by visions of each other, and Rey is able to feel his internal conflict herself. This is convinces Rey that she can help him change back to the light side. Suddenly, Luke walks in and upon seeing them together, he becames furious and destroys the hut they are in, interruptiong the connection. Luke orders Rey to leave the island but Rey is also in rage and confronts him about his attempt to murder Ben Solo. Luke admits that he in fact was tempted to kill Ben after sensing the darkness within him and he regretted immediately after igniting his lightsaber, but the damage was already done because Ben had woken up and saw his uncle with the saber activated over his head.
Luke tells Rey, he is convinced that Ben is gone for good. However, after feeling Kylo's conflict Rey is convinced of the opposite. She defends Ben, saying that he had still not made his choice during the night Luke went to confront him, and that Luke's mistake was thinking that he had. She becomes confident that Ben Solo will be redeemed if she goes to him. But Luke is still not hopeful and tries to warn Rey not to do anything impulsive. Despite this, Rey decides to go meet Kylo Ren in the Supremacy determinated to bring Ben Solo back with her.
When she meets Kylo, Rey tells him that she had seen his future when they touched hands and that she is going to help him change to the light. But Kylo is tells her that the opposite will happen and that they'll be together in the dark side. Kylo then brings her before his master, Supreme Leader Snoke, that tortures her to get information about Luke Skywalker. During all this process, Kylo watches everything with his head down, but he directs furious stares at his master when he falsely claims to be the creator of the connections to lead Rey into a trap and also after he is done torturing her. When Rey is being tortured and starts to scream in pain, Kylo looks down, averting his eyes from the scene with a pained look in his face.
Then, Snoke orders that Kylo should kill her for being a Jedi. The Supreme Leader senses that his apprentice's conflict has finally reached a resolve and that Kylo is determined to kill his true enemy, which he is very confident to be Rey. However, Snoke fails to notice that his apprentice have come to feel disgust and disbelief for him since Han Solo's death. In addition to this, Snoke also doesn't realize that Kylo had developed genuine affection for Rey during their connections. Managing not to show his true feelings, Kylo succeeds in hiding who he actually sees as his true enemy. Kylo defies his master's order, tricking him, pretending that he is going to kill Rey while simultaneously turning his grandfather's lightsaber towards his master. Thus, Snoke is surprised when Kylo activates the blue lightsaber that was beside him instead of igniting the one that is in his hand pointing towards Rey.
Kylo then returns Anakin's saber to Rey and she looks at him surprised that he saved her life. Kylo and Rey unite forces to defeat Snoke’s Praetorian Guards and while they are fighting back-to-back, Rey not only leans into his back but is also seen grabbing his thigh to support her own attacks against the guards. During the fight, Kylo is surrounded by his opponents but he stops and looks around to check if Rey is not in trouble when he sees her struggling against one of the guards. Rey manages to defeat all the opponents surronding her, and when she turns around and sees that Kylo was being held by a guard, she throws Anakin's lightsaber for him to finish the last Praetorian Guard.
After the fight is done, Rey is convinced that he changed and immediately asks for his help to save the Resistence fleet. However, despite of his feelings for Rey, Kylo shows no interest in helping the Resistence, instead he tells her to let it all die. Then, Kylo stands his hand and begs her to join him to rule the galaxy together.
Kylo - "I want you to join me. We can rule together and bring a new order to the galaxy."
Rey - "Don't do this Ben...please don't go this way."
Kylo - "You come from nothing. You're nothing, but not to me. Join me. Please. . ."
- Kylo asks Rey to join him.
He confesses to her that even if she comes from nothing and has no place in history or the galaxy, she does mean something to him. But Rey is heartbroken when Kylo revealed that he intends to create a legacy far differently than either Luke’s and Snoke’s, let everything die in order to create something new. Rey believes that Kylo betrayed the good person she’s sees in him, and upon seeing that her intentions to turn him had failed, she feels disappointed. She hesitates for a moment but ends up rejecting his hand. She then tries to force pull Anakin's lightsaber from his hand, but Kylo reacts trying to pull it back. The lightsaber breaks in half and they both fall unconscious from the impact.
Rey wakes up first and retrieves both pieces of the broken lightsaber. She then escapes the Supremacy, leaving an unconscious but unharmed Kylo Ren behind as she believes that his fate should be up to the Force and not to her. Upon waking up alone in the throne room and realizing that Rey is gone, Kylo seems very shaken. He also confused on why Rey didn't kill him while he was unconscious, questioning himself if she does in fact care about him. But overall he is very frustrated for being rejected by her. Later, he even tells Luke that he intends to destroy her. However, when they face each other again during a Force Bond connection, Rey slams the Falcon’s door on him to show her distress and he only bows down his head, looking even more depressed. In the Falcon, when Rey sees Finn with Rose she’s looks upset not because of jealousy, she’s sadden that Ben isn’t with them, which is hinted by her looking at the broken lightsaber, holding it tightly in her hands.
Kylo - "I offered you my hand once.You wanted to take it...Why didn't you?"
Rey - "You could've killed me...Why didn't you?"
-Kylo and Rey during a Force bond connection.
Kylo finds out that Emperor Palpatine is alive in Exegol, and Sidious offers Kylo a fleet and power in exchange of him killing Rey. Kylo pursues Rey, pretending to have accepted Palpatine's offer but he actually has other plans in mind. As soon as he connected with Rey again through their Force Bond, Kylo immediately warns Rey that Palpatine is after her life and asks the reason why he was rejected in the Supremacy, in an attempt to convince her to join him again. He also tells her that he doesn’t want to kill her. He continues to search and follow her throughout the movie, repeatedly offering his hand and trying to persuade her to to join him to defeat Palpatine to acquire his power and throne together.
"My mother was the daughter of Vader. Your father was the son of the Emperor. What Palpatine doesn’t know is we’re a dyad in the Force, Rey. Two that are one."
-Kylo reveals to Rey about her lineage and the nature of their Force bond.
In one of their encounters, he reveals to her about her Palpatine lineage and that they are a Force Dyad, two that are one in the Force, making their connection unique and one not seem in generations. On the other hand, Rey is still at odds with him, and shows irritation at the fact that Kylo Ren is chasing her around. She also feels troubled with visions about her and Kylo Ren sitting in the Throne of the Sith together. After cornering Rey in the Death Star ruins, Kylo tries to prevent her from going to face Palpatine without him when he breaks the Sith wayfinder leading to Exegol that Rey had found. They duel, even though Kylo spends most of the battle just blocking or dodging her attacks, hinting that he has no will to fight and hurt her. Nevertheless, Kylo still dominates the fight up until the moment Leia tries to reach for them through the Force, an act that eventually kills her. Sensing his mother's death, Kylo becomes paralysed and drops his lightsaber becoming defenseless which leads to Rey grabbing it and stabbing him with his own weapon. Also sensing Leia's death, Rey is able to let go of the rage she was losing herself into and realizes what she has just done.
"I did want to take your hand...Ben's hand."
-Rey confesses her feelings to Kylo.
She immediately regrets gravely injuring someone dear to her, and puts a hand on his wound to force heal him. This act heals not only the wound she just inflicted but also the scar on his face she gave him in their first battle. She then confesses that she in fact wanted to hold his hand, but that she wanted Ben’s hand not Kylo's, which confirms to him about her romantic feelings but that she would never join Kylo Ren in the dark side. Kylo is surprised by her confession and after she takes off aboard his ship, leaving him alone in the Death Star ruins, he reflects about what he should do next. Ultimately, Rey's love along with the pain and guilt that Kylo feels about his parents' death are the key to make him come back to the light side. After he is confronted by a vision of his father, he decides to throw away his red lightsaber, cutting ties with the dark side and the First Order, and becomes Ben Solo again.
Just armed with a blaster and the Force, he immediately runs to help Rey that has gone to face Palpatine alone. However, when he arrives in Exegol, he is surrounded by the Knights of Ren. Meanwhile, the Emperor is trying to persuade Rey into kill him to save her friends that are being attacked by his fleet. Palpatine's plan is to have Rey murdering him with hatred, which would allow his spirit to overtake her body in the Sith ritual and she would assume his place as Empress Palpatine. Desperate to save the Resistance members, Rey is convinced to grant her grandfather's wishes, but then she senses through the bond that Ben Solo has arrived. When the Force bond connects them, she sees that Ben has not only came to help her but she also is able to feel how he changed. Rey senses that their connection is finally right and that it feels like home. Realizing this, Rey becomes emotional and close to tears. She then tricks Palpatine pretending that she will strike him down, but Anakin's lightsaber disappears from her hands. Rey had passed down the lightsaber to Ben through their bond and he proudly wields his grandfather's saber to confront the Knights of Ren. Inspired to fight alongside Ben, Rey attacks the Emperor's royal guards that had surrounded her. After defeating the Knights of Ren, Ben reunites with Rey in the Emperor's throne room.
Upon reuniting, Rey and Ben exchange looks and soon turn around to confront Palpatine together. But when Sidious sees them together, he finds out that they are a Dyad, which is the perfect source of energy to rejuvenate himself. He starts to drain the energy of their bond, which he states to be as powerful as life itself. As the Emperor rises stronger, Rey and Ben both fall on the ground weakened. To mock and avenge his previous defeat because of Anakin Skywalker, the Emperor holds Ben using the Force and throws him into a pit. Thus, as she regain consciousness, Rey is forced to face Sidious alone. Rey manages to finish Palpatine with the help of the Jedi from the past but this act also kills her.
Ben comes back from the pit, crawls to Rey’s lifeless body, and holds her in his arms looking devastated. After mourning and holding close in his arms the dead body of the woman he loves, Ben makes the decision to sacrifice himself to resurrect her. In an act of genuine selfless love, he puts a hand on her belly and starts to pour all the rest of his own lifeforce into Rey. As she wakes up, she covers his hand on her belly with her own, as a sign that she finally accepted to hold his hand. Then, when she looks at Ben, her face opens into a smile and they stare each other in love before she leans forward kissing him passionately. But having used all his lifeforce to heal Rey, Ben Solo smiles to her one last time before falling back and disappearing in her arms while still holding her hand.
More expansion from the Novels
The Force Awakens
- During the interrogation scene, Kylo touches Rey's face and they both feel a familiar energy pass through them, which is one more hint about their connection.
- The novel reveals that Kylo accidentally helped Rey to unlock her powers. As she is connected to his mind during the interrogation and later during their battle in the snow, she is able to read and learn new abilities from his mind. That is how she learns to do the Jedi Mind trick that allows her to escape the interrogation room.
- Kylo having no intent to kill Rey during their fight is even more evident in the novel. When he corners her in the rift, he states that he could kill her but he won't and then offers to train her.
The Last Jedi
- When Kylo sees Rey arriving in the Supremacy in the escape pod, he smiles to her.
- In the elevator of the Supremacy in their way to meet Snoke, Rey feels that Kylo is nervous just before entering the throne room. She also realizes through their connection that part of his churning feelings are related to her.
The Rise of Skywalker
- During their battle in the Death Star ruins, Rey and Kylo talk into each others minds. She states that nobody really knows her, in which Kylo replies "But I do." This scene was filmed and it is in the Final Trailer of The Rise of Skywalker, but it was cut from the movie.
- When Rey dies, Ben is not able to feel her anymore and that makes him even more desperate to climb back from the pit, even though he was badly injured from the fall.
Trailers, tv spots, promotional posts
The Force Awakens International Trailer
The Last Jedi Trailer
The Last Jedi International Trailer 3
The Last Jedi "Tempt" Tv Spot
The Last Jedi TV Spot Trailer 17
The Last Jedi International TV Spot 2
The Rise of Skywalker Final Trailer
The Rise of Skywalker "Secret" TV Spot
The Rise of Skywalker Rey and Kylo, "You know what you need to do" instagram post
The Rise of Skywalker Rey and Kylo, "The dark side" instagram post
The Rise of Skywalker Rey and Kylo/Ben against Palpatine, "The Last Skywalker" instagram post
The Rise of Skywalker Rey and Kylo/Ben against Palpatine, "Story of Skywalker" instagram post
The Rise of Skywalker Rey and Kylo/Ben against Palpatine, "Final battle" instagram post
The Rise of Skywalker Rey and Kylo, "The path to the dark side" instagram post
The Rise of Skywalker Rey and Kylo/Ben, "1 week for the bluray release" instagram post
The Rise of Skywalker Rey and Kylo final duel instagram post
The Rise of Skywalker Rey and Kylo, "Rise in the Force" instagram post
The Rise of Skywalker Rey and Ben, "Force connected" instagram post
The Force Awakens
The Last Jedi
First Force Bond scene
Luke fears that Rey's strength is similar to Ben Solo
Second Force Bond scene
Luke tells Rey his version about Kylo's turn to the dark
Kylo tells Rey his version about his turn to the dark
Rey goes to the mirror cave
Rey and Kylo touch hands
Rey confronts Luke about the truth of Kylo's turn
Rey reunites with Kylo in the Supremacy
Rey and Kylo talk in the elevator of the Supremacy
Rey and Kylo meet Snoke in the throne room
Kylo kills Snoke to save Rey, and they fight the Praetorian Guards
Kylo asks Rey to join him
Rey closes the Falcon's door on Kylo
The Rise of Skywalker
Palpatine offers Kylo a fleet if he kills Rey, Kylo asks Palpatine who Rey actually is
Kylo and Rey share a Force vision
Kylo warns Rey about Palpatine
Kylo is surprised when Rey uses Force Lightning
Rey and Kylo fight during a Force Bond
Rey and Kylo fight during a Force Bond 2
Kylo tells Rey the truth about her lineage and their bond
Kylo tells Rey the truth about her lineage and their bond 2
Rey and Kylo final fight in the Death Star ruins
Rey and Kylo final fight in the Death Star ruins 2
Rey and Kylo final fight in the Death Star ruins 3
Kylo and Rey sense Leia's death
Rey heals Kylo and confesses her feelings for him
Ben Solo runs to rescue Rey from Palpatine
Ben Solo reunites with Rey to confront Palpatine
Palpatine realizes that Ben and Rey are a dyad
Ben revives Rey
Rey and Ben kiss, and Ben vanishes
Rey and Kylo Ren Theme (The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi)
The Force Awakens - The Abduction (CD Version)
The Force Awakens - The Abduction (Film Version)
The Force Awakens - Rey Gets The Lightsaber/The Way of The Force
The Last Jedi - The First Connection
The Last Jedi - Lesson One/The Second Connection
The Last Jedi - The Third Connection
The Last Jedi - Touching Hands
The Last Jedi - A New Alliance
The Rise of Skywalker - Hard to Get Rid Of
The Rise of Skywalker - Join Me
The Rise of Skywalker - Final Saber Duel
The Rise of Skywalker - Healing Wounds
The Rise of Skywalker - Parents
The Rise of Skywalker - Coming Together
The Rise of Skywalker - Farewell
Interviews, documentaries, commentaries
JJ Abrams The Force Awakens Commentary for the Takodana forest scene
The Cast talks about Rey and Kylo's connection
Lucasfilm Story Group talks about Rey and Kylo's connection
Mark Hamill talks about the Romantic tension between Kylo and Rey
Mark Hamill also calls the Rey and Kylo fingertip touch "the big sex scene"
Rian Johnson refers to the finger touching scene as "the closest thing to a sex scene in a Star Wars movie"
Adam Driver and Stephen make Kylo and Rey's dolls kiss
Daisy Ridley calls Kylo "a flirt" in a Star Wars Raps a Recap
The Cast talks about Reylo and other ships at the Episode IX Panel in Star Wars Celebration
The Rise of Skywalker documentary - Rey and Kylo Ren’s Force Connection/Dyad
The Rise of Skywalker documentary - Kylo Ren & Rey’s Force connection “Soulmates in the Force”
The Rise of Skywalker documentary - Rey heals Kylo and Kylo Ren’s redemption
The Rise of Skywalker documentary - Adam Driver on Ben Solo and his relationship with Rey
Possible Love Interest
This section addresses a character whom fans speculate that may has had a romantic interest in Rey during The Force Awakens, but not confirmed by the canon material released from the movie or any of its sequels.
In The Force Awakens, Rey's chemistry with Finn made fans speculate that she would be his love interest. During the sequel trilogy, but mostly in the first movie, there are some ambiguous moments that can be interpreted as him either having a small crush on her or just being a very good and close friend to her.
They meet on Jakku and become involved in the First Order chase for BB-8, forcing them to run away. Thus, they work together to survive and rapidly become close. Eventually, Finn reveals that he lied to her, as he is not a Resistence member but a former Stormtrooper. He tells Rey about his fear and wish to run from the First Order. He asks her to come with him since she is his friend and someone that has seen him as a person. Rey tries to stop him, saddened that he is leaving to hide from the war.
However, after Rey is abducted by Kylo Ren, Finn offers himself to enter Starkiller Base in order to rescue her. Later, Kylo injures him in battle and she cries on his unconscious body. As he recovering in the medical room, Rey kisses his front and says that they would reunite again. In The Last Jedi, Finn wakes up and immediately asks about Rey. He tries to leave the Resistance ship to find her but Rose stops him. In the end of the movie, the two friends reunite and embrace.
In The Rise of Skywalker, when they are sinking in the sand at Pasaana, Finn tries to tell her something but is interrupted. Some fans believe that he wanted to confess his feelings for her, but the movie never reveals what he was trying to say. In the end, Finn senses when Rey is killed defeating Palpatine. According to the cast of the movie, including Finn's actor and the movie director, he wanted to tell her that he is force sensitive.Additionally, whether or not Finn has had a crush on Rey, now seems to be something in the past, since John Boyega and Naomi Ackie (Jannah's actress) both confirmed that Finn's love interest in The Rise of Skywalker is Jannah.
- In the end of The Rise of Skywalker, Rey adopts the Skywalker surname as a way to cut ties to the Palpatine family and honor the ones close to her that she considered as family, her masters Luke and Leia. This also is a way to pay homage to Ben Solo, the last Skywalker and the one that sacrificed himself for her.
- Rey being revived by Ben ends in a different way than he intended something that Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker) started, and desired to originally accomplish and that was in fact the main reason to his turn to the dark side, which was the power to save the woman he loved from death.
- Answering a fan question after The Rise of Skywalker release, the director J.J. Abrams affirms that his intention was to make Rey and Kylo's relationship romantic from the beginning but in The Force Awakens movie he left it ambiguous same as many other relationships as FinnRey and FinnPoe in case the director of the sequel chose a different direction as a Reylo sibling relationship, for example. Then, after the director of The Last Jedi movie Rian Johnson establishing more clearly the Reylo romantic interactions, J.J. followed his footsteps and ended with them as couple in The Rise of Skywalker.
- Rian Johnson, director of The Last Jedi, explains that Kylo's proposal to Rey after killing Snoke is Kylo's version of '"I'm just a girl standing in front of a guy'... " which is a reference to the love confession in the movie Nothing Hill.
- Rian Johnson explains that Rey seeing Kylo shirtless helps to show the increasing intimacy between them during the Force Bond scenes.
- J.J. states that Star Wars is a fairy tale that happens to take place in space and in The Force Awakens' commentary, he refers to Rey as a princess. Later, during the commentary of the interrogation scene, he mentions that Kylo Ren "looks like a prince", possibly hinting on his intention to make their relationship romantic.
- In a deleted scenefrom The Last Jedi, when Rey is confronting Luke about the attempt to murder Ben, Luke angrily states to her "You opened yourself to the dark side for a pair of pretty eyes!".
- Many fans refer to Reylo as a reverse Anidala (Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala). Anakin loved Padmé and was corrupted by the dark side trying to find a way to save her life, but in the end she dies anyway and he starts to want nothing more than power. Kylo Ren is a dark side user that wanted only power until meeting Rey, and his love for her ultimately contribute to not only to bring him back to the light side but also to save her from death.
- ↑ The Skywalker Legacy
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (novelization)
- ↑ The Rise of Kylo Ren 4
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition
- ↑ The Rise of Kylo Ren 2
- ↑ J.J. Abrams reveals what Finn wanted to tell Rey in 'The Rise of Skywalker'
- ↑ John Boyega on twitter: Finn wasn't going to make a love confession
- ↑ The warrior that stole Finn's heart
- ↑ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Naomi Ackie Knows What You’re Thinking About Jannah and Finn
- ↑ J.J. talks about Reylo and relationships in TFA
- ↑ Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 10 Revelations From Director Rian Johnson
- ↑ ‘The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson Explains Why Adam Driver’s Shirtless Scene Was All About ‘Intimacy’ Between Kylo Ren and Rey
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens - Home media
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi - Home video