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Star Wars: 10 Quotes That Prove Rey & Kylo Ren Were Soulmates

Relationships in the world of Star Wars are rarely simple, but the ill-fated romance between dyad mates Rey and Kylo Ren might be the most complex of them all. Across the sequel trilogy of films, the two find their way to one another from opposite sides of the Force, but their story ultimately ends just as poorly as every other love story in the saga’s films so far.

Even though they might not have ended up together in the conventional sense, Episodes VII, VIII, and IX go to great lengths to show that these characters were soulmates, unconventional or not.


“You’ll Turn. I’ll Help You.”

Rey – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi offers the most in-depth look at the relationship between Rey and Kylo Ren. The last act of the film in particular showcases the belief they share that they are meant to end up in the same place, even if they disagreed about which side of the Force they belonged on.

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As Rey and Kylo ride the elevator up to Snoke’s throne room, Rey makes an earnest plea to Kylo based on the vision she experienced when they touched hands: “You’ll turn. I’ll help you.” Even in this moment where Kylo is still acting under loyalty to the First Order, Rey sees the potential for good in him, and a future in which they are working together.

“You Come From Nothing. You’re Nothing. But Not To Me.”

Kylo Ren – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Romantic lines in Star Wars don’t often have the most graceful writing, nor do they always come at the most opportune moments. Kylo Ren follows expertly in his grandfather’s awkward courting footsteps when he tries to propose ruling the galaxy to Rey in the most backwards, yet well-intentioned way.

After defeating Snoke and his guards, Kylo attempts to appeal to Rey’s desire to belong somewhere: “You come from nothing. You’re nothing. But not to me.” Even though he insults her in the process, Kylo clearly means to assure Rey that even though she feels like a nobody, he sees her as so much more than that.

“You Can’t Hide, Rey. Not From Me.”

Kylo Ren – Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

The Rise of Skywalker doesn’t provide many characters with satisfying endings, but the film does include interesting developments for the strength of Rey and Kylo Ren’s bond. Their private moments shared across their Force bond continue to increase in intensity as they once again find themselves on opposing sides.

Even though they spend much of the film at odds with each other, Kylo and Rey continue to be drawn to each other and understand each other better than anyone else. “You can’t hide, Rey,” Kylo tells her. “Not from me.” The strength of their bond makes it clear that this isn’t only true because of the Force’s interference either.

“Why Is The Force Connecting Us? You And I?”

Kylo Ren – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Rey and Kylo Ren share a kiss in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star-crossed romances have nothing on Force-supported ones. When The Last Jedi introduces the striking cross-Force connection between Rey and Kylo, the saga films have never featured anything like this before. Force bonds feature into the expanded universe Legends of Star Wars works, but this is the first time the films have incorporated this incredibly effective storytelling device.

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But just as viewers were stunned by this reveal, so, too, were the characters themselves. “Why is the Force connecting us? You and I?” Kylo Ren asks of Rey in one of their first moments of connection, signaling from the very beginning that the Force is invested in their relationship and that it is therefore one with galactic repercussions.

“If I Go To Him, Ben Solo Will Turn.”

Rey – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Rey and Kylo Ren have their final Force connection call to each other in The Last Jedi as Rey boards the Millennium Falcon with the surviving Resistance

Midway through The Last Jedi, there is a subtle but significant shift in the way the sequel trilogy handles the relationship between Rey and Kylo. Aided by the new intimate knowledge of his life she has gained through their bond, Rey no longer sees him as the monstrous Kylo Ren, but as the troubled Ben Solo, Han and Leia’s only son.

“If I go to him, Ben Solo will turn,” Rey tells Luke, signaling her now full shift to accepting that the wounded Ben’s potential for good is still within the tormented Kylo Ren somewhere. Even with everything that happened between them in The Force Awakens, Rey believes in him, and knows that he is capable of good.

“The Belonging You Seek Is Not Behind You. It Is Ahead.”

Maz Kanata – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Rey and Ben kiss in Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker

One moment that passionate fans of Reylo latched onto early in The Force Awakens is a quote uttered by neither Rey nor Kylo, but by the wonderful and truly underutilized Maz Kanata. When Rey and Maz connect at her temple, Maz recognizes a certain loneliness and longing in Rey, something that Kylo Ren later does as well.

“The belonging you seek is not behind you,” Maz tells her, presumably referencing Rey’s longing to be reunited with the family she has been left behind by. “It is ahead.” As the sequel trilogy shows, the most enduring bond Rey goes on to develop is with none other than Kylo himself.

“Don’t Be Afraid. I Feel It, Too.”

Kylo Ren – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Rey Kylo Ren

Even though the Force bond is not outright introduced in The Force Awakens, the first film of the sequel trilogy still powerfully conveys the unprecedented nature of the connection between Rey and Kylo. While interrogating her and using the Force to read her mind, Kylo breaks focus and offers a cryptic, but meaningful comment.

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“Don’t be afraid,” he tells her, a weird moment of quasi-comfort in an otherwise fraught moment of mental battle. “I feel it, too.” The nature of the “it” that he feels is up for debate, but it is still clear that there is a powerful bond between these characters from the start of their interaction.

“We’re A Dyad In The Force, Rey. Two That Are One.”

Kylo Ren – Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

Rey kylo ren

If The Last Jedi didn’t do a strong enough job of depicting the unique nature of Rey and Kylo’s bond, The Rise of Skywalker decides to up the ante by introducing yet another previously unheard of concept to the Star Wars film canon: the dyad.

“We’re a dyad in the Force, Rey,” Kylo tells her during one confrontation. “Two that are one.” While the movie doesn’t do much to explain what a dyad really means, this implies that they are two halves of one whole, a perfect set of Force users who balance and complete each other.

“I Did Want To Take Your Hand. Ben’s Hand.”

Rey – Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

Rey tells Kylo Ren/Ben Solo she wanted to take Ben's hand in the Last Jedi in The Rise Of Skywalker

In a troubling retcon of The Last Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker has Rey revert to calling Kylo not only Kylo, but even the more detached-sounding Ren. The film manages to save face somewhat on this subject around the midway point.

After healing his injuries following a near-fatal battle between the two, Rey makes a tearful confession to her dyad mate: “I did want to take your hand. Ben’s hand.” Rey sees Ben Solo inside Kylo still, even though they are once again at odds, proving that she still sees their potential future together, too.

“You’re Not Alone.” “Neither Are You.”

Kylo Ren And Rey – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Rey and Kylo Ren touch hands in the hut on Ahch To in Star Wars

The Force bond is a visually striking motif in every instance it is used in The Last Jedi, but no moment is more emotionally and visually impactful than the moment in which Rey and Kylo Ren touch hands across the Force.

Before this stirring, highly vulnerable visual, however, the two come as close as possible to sharing an outright profession of their feelings for each other: “You’re not alone,” Kylo tells her, to which Rey responds, “Neither are you.” Hands outstretched across the galaxy and both of them bathed in the glow of firelight, Kylo and Rey commit themselves to each other in the sequel trilogy’s most affecting scene.

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