Do Rey and Kylo Fall in Love in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’?

The old romantic concept of opposites attracting still holds muster in reality considering how many mixed political marriages exist, including other wide personal differences. In the movies, we still see this concept hold up, despite sometimes being too obvious. Maybe you could say it was inevitable we’d see similar fireworks in the new Star Wars trilogy between Rey and Kylo Ren.

While we know from the outset Rey abhors Kylo Ren’s violent temperament, we also see evidence Kylo has a soft side with her. We saw hints in The Last Jedi maybe Rey has the same feelings.

The Rise of Skywalker is likely going to reveal if we see a romance of true inconvenience unfold.

Connecting literally by linking minds

As seen in the last two films, Kylo Ren was able to dig into Rey’s mind, even though she initially resisted in giving him any information. She has a mysterious mental link with Kylo as well, turning this into one unusual potential sci-fi romance.

If only real romantic couples could explore the minds of each other to truly understand who they are. Then again, we’d likely see more breakups in our world if everyone knew what the other was thinking or hiding.

What we don’t know is what Kylo or Ren discovered in full when linking up mentally. All we had to go on was their expressions at what they might have assimilated.

From an outside perspective, one might think Rey saw something in Kylo that was attractive and perhaps redeemable.

The road has been paved for Rey and Kylo to grow closer

At the end of The Last Jedi, Rey saw physical evidence of Kylo having good in him when he struck down Snoke. Then again, he rejected her offers to return to the Jedi side, seeming to create a situation where they’ll never reconnect.

Our writers suggested last year that Kylo and Rey may not even see one another or connect again in Episode IX due growing in stature as the new Dark Side ruler. As with many cinematic romances, though, this is likely a ruse to set up something more than what the The Last Jedi ending suggests.

With the strong connection between them, the theories may hold muster they’ll reconnect, maybe in a very complicated way. Such a linkup could end up being one of the most innovative “romances” ever put on film when you put together all the potential dynamics.

One thing we can probably write off, however, is the theory of Kylo and Ren being related to avoid a Luke and Leia aura.

The ‘Reylo’ shippers are citing the novels as evidence of a romance

Yes, the “Reylo” portmanteau has been making the rounds ever since The Last Jedi released in theaters. A major source these fans are tapping is the novelization of The Last Jedi, which hinted at a stronger relationship between the two.

The novelization suggests the concept of Rey and Kylo having a truly in-depth understanding of each other goes beyond any romance captured in a film or other media property. Maybe it won’t turn into the typical romance people think of in classic movies and more a different kind of relationship utilizing a new concept of love.

For some, this might seem like a bizarre, alien romance. It truly is when you remember we’re talking about characters from a galaxy, far, far away.

No one should expect the novelizations to follow the same path as the films, so we might see something wildly different and perhaps far more interesting.

Redemption as an act of love

Maybe the forces of carnal love will attract Kylo and Rey to one another. Then again, because they know one another inside and out, Rey can perhaps help Kylo find his way back into the light as a unique form of romance.

All the theories about Kylo and Rey possibly creating a steadier balance of darkness and light may become true. An act of redemption as a form of love would reinvent how love is supposed to happen in the movies.

If so, this new Star Wars trilogy would have been well worth the creative effort to innovate in ways going beyond just the special effects.