Rey and Kylo have been some of the most intriguing characters introduced into Star Wars canon. In all honesty, even after two movies, we still have A LOT of questions that need answering. Who are Rey’s parents? Will Kylo be redeemed? These questions, along with a slew of others are some of the most popular ones. However, there are two questions that have been the most talked about.
Will Reylo be addressed? Will The Rise of Skywalker answer all of my questions?
Oh, Rey. Why can’t life go back to being a simple junk trader on Jakku? I swear, this poor girl went from sledding down hills of sand, to fighting off the First Order the next! None of it is fair but look where we are now. She’s now the future of the Jedi and now has this awkward complicated relationship with a villain who you’re having random Forcetime video calls with. Life is hard. I get it. But seriously, this needs to get figured out, ASAP!
Luckily though, Daisy Ridley has the answer to Rey’s complicated relationship, and she knows all about the theory’s fans have about her and Kylo (Adam Driver).
“It does not bother me, people writing theories,” Ridley said. “It’s really fun hearing them. Plus, because I know what’s sort of going to happen, I think it’ll be really interesting to see people’s reaction to [the final film]. Obviously, there’s this whole Reylo thing and some people are very passionate about it, some aren’t.”
Now, here is where things get interesting.
“J.J. does deal with [it],” she added. “It’s [Reylo] a very complex issue. People talk about toxic relationships and whatever it is. It’s no joke and I think it’s dealt with really well because it’s not skimmed over.”
Throughout the Skywalker saga, relationships have been at the forefront. Anakin and Padme. Han and Leia. And now, Ben and Rey. Throughout the sequel trilogy, it seems as though Rey is destined to save Ben and turn him to the light side. However, at the end of The Last Jedi, I got the vibe that Rey has now almost completely given up on him. Maybe I’m wrong? I guess we’ll have to wait and see until The Rise of Skywalker arrives.
After the opening of J.J. Abrams first Star Wars film The Force Awakens, J.J. has somehow not been able to get away from the franchise he has grown to love. In reality, J.J. didn’t originally want to come back for another Star Wars film. Why? Because he loves and respects the franchise too much. But, with some help and encouragement from his wife, J.J. decided that only way to do the franchise justice was to give the saga a cohesive ending that will hopefully satisfy the masses. And believe me, it sounds like he’s out to do just that.
“Endings are the thing that scare me the most,” J.J. admitted, speaking of The Rise of Skywalker.
I can’t blame him. He has HUGE task ahead of him. Ending a 42-year long saga and somehow concluding it into one film is definitely not easy.
“This is about bringing this thing to a close in a way that is emotional and meaningful and also satisfying in terms of actually answering [as many] questions as possible,” said J.J. “So, if years from now, someone’s watching these movies, all nine of them, they’re watching a story that is as cohesive as possible.”
Although J.J. is trying to answer as many questions as possible and bring the entire saga to a close, room for inspiration and creativity is something that Chris Terrio helped bring to the story as one of the script writers.
“While there were many things that were planned for and discussed — George Lucas himself said when he created this he saw it as three, three-act plays — that doesn’t mean there isn’t discovery, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things that come up that make you realize, ‘Oh, here’s an opportunity.’” It also doesn’t mean that there’s a list of payoffs that we have to do because of setups. But we also were very much aware this is the end of the trilogy and it needs to satisfy. We went into this thing knowing it has to be an ending. We’re not screwing around.”
They certainly aren’t screwing around.
With The Rise of Skywalker coming December 20th, we’ll see just how many questions they answer with it officially now being the longest Star Wars film in the franchise at 155 minutes.
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