SPOILERS forward for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker virtually minimize a serious second between Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). I do not imply their battles — like Cap, they might do that each one day. No, I imply that k-i-s-s-i-n-g scene that thrilled Reylo followers (for about three seconds, then they had been mad) and despatched some others groaning.
It wasn’t essentially the most controversial kiss in cinematic historical past. It might not have even been essentially the most controversial kiss in Episode IX, since these two girls we by no means knew kissed and bought some individuals riled up. But nonetheless, it was a definitive assertion about dynamic between Rey and Kylo/Ben and there have been variations of the movie with out it. Do you assume there could be roughly backlash with out that kiss? Or perhaps no change? Hard to gauge what informal followers assume. Not everybody cares about Rey and Kylo’s platonic-or-not relationship.
Kylo Ren/Ben Solo introduced Rey again to life and he or she went in for a kiss. It was both so good or so unhealthy, it killed him. (OK, it wasn’t the kiss that killed him — and I should not nearly Ben Solo dying or I’ll face this sort of wrath.)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker editor Maryann Brandon has been becoming a member of co-writer Chris Terrio and director/co-writer J.J. Abrams in interviews explaining a number of the selections made for the movie. In the identical interview with HuffPost the place she talked about followers not needing to understand how Palpatine returned, Brandon defined how she and J.J. went backwards and forwards on whether or not the Rey and Kylo kiss scene ought to occur.
Maryann Brandon instructed HuffPost she minimize totally different variations of “should they/shouldn’t they.”
Maryann Brandon singled out the second Adam Driver smiles as Kylo Ren, noting that it is the first time we get to see him smile throughout three motion pictures. She liked that, and naturally Reylo followers had been briefly completely satisfied. Brandon stated she knew that kiss scene would not please all Star Wars followers.
Well, that is actually true. Some followers had been questioning if Rey would find yourself a organic Skywalker versus one by selection. That did not occur, since she’s a Palpatine, though some followers have been making an attempt to make use of this argument to say the Emperor is Anakin’s father after which Rey and Kylo could be blood relations.
There was a video that was working the rounds displaying J.J. Abrams speaking about how he noticed Kylo and Rey as brother and sister, however that was clarified to be Abrams discussing their dynamic in The Force Awakens, earlier than he knew how the connection would develop.
Not everyone seems to be completely satisfied on the thought of Rey and Kylo being romantic; John Boyega upset some followers by stating the violence of their relationship, amongst different issues. But that kiss — plus every part that got here earlier than it (desirous to take his hand, and so forth.) and Rey selecting his household as her personal — was tied to their deep connection. A Force Dyad, for no matter which means.
Maryann Brandon additionally defended Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker from complaints about fan service. Not that every part is about complaints — many, if not most, followers appeared proud of Rise of Skywalker. I do assume we’ve to choose our battles, and we’re not all going to agree about crucial ones. That Rey and Kylo kiss, for instance, was big validation for some followers and the characters’ whole dynamic would’ve modified with out it. That would imply nothing to some viewers however an awesome deal to others. A selection was made. Would you’ve got made the identical one?