Star Wars Fans Are Divided Over That Reylo Moment In The Rise Of Skywalker
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now out around the world and fans are all a buzz over the major revelations contained in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga. While the movie goes in some directions we might have predicted, in other ways it takes some really unexpected routes. One of the most talked-about on social media is the film’s handling of the relationship between Rey and Kylo Ren.
Continuing on from The Last Jedi, Rey again attempts to speak to Kylo’s good side as the pair battle on the remains of the Death Star II. When he suffers a momentary lapse upon Leia reaching out to him through the Force, Rey delivers a serious blow with her saber. However, she ultimately elects to save him via Force healing. It’s this act that causes him to resolve to go back to the light and become Ben Solo once more.
Ben later fights alongside Rey against Emperor Palpatine on Exegol. After the heroine defeats the villain, she briefly dies, but Ben returns her earlier favor by using all his energy to bring her back to life. The pair then share a passionate kiss, before Ben passes away in her arms and vanishes, becoming one with the Force.
“Reylo,” as it’s known, has become a popular ship since TLJ, but it’s always been a controversial one due to Kylo’s murderous actions. Now that the coupling has become official in Rise, many fans are rallying against director J.J. Abrams’ decision, and a common criticism is that it sends out a bad message out to impressionable young female fans.
So Kylo killed his own father infront of Rey, tortured her, tried to kill his mother, killed Luke’s students, killed ships full of Reys pals, and they end up making out? They end up transferring life into eachother? Who the fuck was this written for? Star Wars twilight? pic.twitter.com/yDOt4ZxvYc
— Stone_Loki (@StoneLoki1) December 18, 2019
Word is @Disney is going to tell children and young adults all over the world that abusive relationships are a good thing. Disney is promoting Reylo in #TheRiseOfSkywalker , a relationship where the man abuses and tortures the woman over and over again, and then they kiss.
— Jedi Oracle (@JediOracle) December 18, 2019
do y’all know how harmful it is to see reylo become canon? how harmful it is to see a strong female character go to her abuser? as someone in an abusive home, it’s so fucking harmful to see that and see people support it. it’s fucking horrible. y’all are gross.
— ferna | lennon lives on (@80SLENNON) December 18, 2019
*ROS SPOILERS*#jjabramsisoverparty honestly kylo ren deserved to d*e for killing innocent people but I'm more upset at the fact that reylo, an abusive relationship became canon.
"kylo d*ing was insulting to survivors of abuse" and reylo happening wasn't??
— rae ? (@caspianbarnes) December 17, 2019
And this is why I find the idea of 'redeeming' Kylo through a romance with Rey so toxic and problematic.
The message of: a good girl just needs to reach out to them and give them love and they'll magically be better is not a message that needs to be promoted in 2019.
— In the Depth of Space (@thedepthofspace) December 5, 2019
On the other hand, you would think that “Reylo” shippers would adore this ending, but that’s not the case, either. Those who hoped Rey and Ben would end up together had their hearts torn out by Rise as it looked like they were going to get their wish only for it to be cruelly snatched away from them.
people keep saying ‘we won, but at what cost?’ guys we won nothing, they literally put that scene there and gave us hope for a sec and then took it away from us. I would rather have Ben Solo being alive than reylo and that scene proved nothing since we knew they loved each other
— ?????? ?? ???? ???????? (@reyishungry) December 19, 2019
Y'all think you're real cute bating us with #reylo for month and then just give us ?Come at me Micky Mouse I fucking dare you! #TheRiseOfSkywalker pic.twitter.com/ycOewu02tz
— Maria Bech (@themariabech) December 17, 2019
NO I AM NOT FINE. BEN SOLO DESERVED BETTER. REYLO DESERVED BETTER FK DISNEY I AM ABOUT TO KILL SOMEONE
— 눈눈 (@shakeerahrejab) December 19, 2019
what it feels like to be a reylo rn pic.twitter.com/WqC9MdFGXy
— BlackDiamond TROS SPOILERS (@_BlackDiam0nd) December 18, 2019
Seeing a reylo kiss but know Ben dies right afterwards. pic.twitter.com/m2Eeaqz5Tf
— katy // TROS SPOILERS (@CLEVVERGlRL) December 18, 2019
This is clearly one of many elements in The Rise of Skywalker that Star Wars fans will be debating for some time, but let us know which side of the divide you fall on in the comments section down below.