Rian Johnson Says Kylo Ren Was Sincere Towards Rey In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Star Wars fans felt a bit of a connection between Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but no one expected that thread to run so deep in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The two slowly come to bond and learn more about each other because of the Force connection that Snoke creates between Rey and Ren, and soon enough, we see the two characters share a number of seemingly heart-splitting moments together.

In a new interview with Empire, writer/director Rian Johnson details how he wrote about the relationship between the two, saying that there Kylo wasn't just trying to manipulate Rey but was sincerely trying to make a twisted emotional plea for the Jakku orphan to join him.


"To write these characters, I always have to get inside their heads. I tend to step inside and have the most generous reading of any character's motivation possible," Johnson explains. "I'll say this – the moment when Kylo makes his appeal for her to join him, and Adam captured it so well in his little please, it was important to me that it wasn't a chess game, it wasn't just a manipulation. It's unhealthy, and there's much that is awful about the way that he is manipulative. From his point of view, it's a very naked, open, emotional appeal. It's his version of, 'I'm just a girl standing in front of a guy'... The same way as when he tells his version of the story with Luke, that's his experience of his moment."

Audiences can feel it as well – there's this rawness in Driver's eyes and in his quivering lips when he asks Rey to join him, "please." After the two have made their decisions, we wonder where Episode IX will take Rey and Ren and whether there's still hope for Ben Solo's redemption.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently screening in cinemas.

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