The Rise of Skywalker has created a lot more questions than it answered. It’s the final installment in the Skywalker saga, yet it didn’t hit the mark for a lot of fans. While it still is fine for most, there are a lot of weird moments that only make sense now, with clarification of outside sources. One of those scenes involves Finn and Rey, who’ve had a bond since The Force Awakens. Though some felt hints of romance, that’s not the case at all. MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for The Rise of Skywalker.
The movie had a lot of misses when it came to what things meant on film
One of the moments that didn’t hit was Lando Calrissian’s final scene with Jannah. Nope, he wasn’t hitting on her; she’s his long lost daughter (possibly). Or how about the beginning, feeling like it was starting in the middle of something? That’s because a major plot point was revealed in a Fortnite event on Dec. 14, and then only mentioned in the opening crawl. Oh, or how about the fact that Kylo Ren was on the infamous planet of Mustafar and no one in the theater knew?
Basically, there’s a lot of stuff left out that were important for context, yet for some reason weren’t elaborated on or clarified. One of the biggest misses with this is when Finn almost admits something really big to Rey, but doesn’t. And never does.
Finn didn’t want to proclaim his feelings for Rey
In the film, while looking for the Sith wayfinder, the gang (Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewie, BB-8, and C-3PO) fall into a sinking pit. As they’re falling with no hope of saving themselves, Finn yells out that he always wanted to tell Rey something, but doesn’t finish as they collapse into tunnels below.
To an audience member, it seems like it’s a declaration of love. Like those, “Tell my wife I love her!” moments before someone dies in an accident. And when Rey questions him about it later, Finn denies it was anything as if he’s guilty and still hiding something. Turns out, that it wasn’t about feelings he has for her, but about the Force-sensitivity he posses.
Twitter user and DisInsider writer @ar1aster tweeted pictures and video from an Academy screening for The Rise of Skywalker on Dec. 20. Director J.J. Abrams and writer Chris Terrio were there along with other prominent people in the film and with Lucasfilm. She tweeted, “I had the privilege of attending the Academy screening of #TheRiseOfSkywalker today and J.J. confirmed that what Finn wanted to tell Rey was that he’s force sensitive!” She later followed up that it wasn’t a part of the Q&A but instead a side-question afterward.
His Force-sensitivities helped in the long run
As Inverse reported, Finn having any romantic love for Rey is out of the picture, according to the Resistance Reborn novel. And in a deleted The Last Jedi scene, he makes sure to address the “crush” he once had for Rey, but again it’s nothing undying or passionate. Or even further than platonic.
His Force does come in handy though. His “feeling” helps the rebels target the correct ship the transmitted signals are coming from. They’re able to target the correct transmitter because of him, which stops the First Order (or Last Order) from ever taking off with their planet-killing ships. And Finn does tell Jannah about his Force feelings.
Finn interestingly never tells Rey, even though she opens up about being related to Palpatine, which is, of course, very bad. And when they meet up again after they’ve won the battle against Palpatine’s army, there isn’t a pivotal talk between them, or even a mention of it. The movie just lets it go.