Rian Johnson Talks About Kylo Ren and Rey’s Connection In The Last Jedi

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Though it’s fairly obvious that Daisy Ridley’s Rey and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren both take center stage in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, fans aren’t entirely sure how deeply connected the two are together. Could the Force –sensitive Jakku orphan and the master of the Knights of Ren share a familial tie, or could the two simply be connected by circumstance?

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson reveals that the two are actually parts of a whole, commenting that Rey and Ren represent “two halves of the dark and the light.”

While this could tease a familial bond (the Star Wars saga has always been about family and there has been a theory going around that Rey is actually related to Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker), it’s also possible that the two simply share a symbolic connection with Rey representing the light side of the Force and Ren representing the Dark.  

In the same interview, Ridley also talks about how Rey’s relationship with Ren, saying that she still feels anger and grief for the loss of Harrison Ford’s Han Solo in The Force Awakens.

“She just doesn’t understand Kylo. When all she wanted was parents, why would a person who has parents do that? It’s so beyond comprehension, it’s ridiculous. So she has grief for the loss and then there’s anger. To be honest, she couldn’t understand doing something like that – let alone to your parents.”

By the sound of things, it looks like Rey and Ren’s fights are going to be a whole lot more charged when the two cross paths in The Last Jedi.

 

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres on December 15, 2017.

Read: Rey’s Family Origin Won’t Matter As Much In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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