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Dec 18, 2017

So, How Do We Feel About The New "Last Jedi" Romance?

Reyloooo.

The following post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, so if you haven't seen it yet, force yourself to turn back now.

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Alright, welcome. It's time for us to talk about Rey and Kylo Ren, the newest star-crossed not-quite-lovers in the Star Wars romantic canon.

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All the way back in 2015, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out, fans who hoped and believed there might be some romance brewing between Kylo and Rey started shipping the two characters under the name Reylo.

It was a controversial ship. Some fans believed that the Reylo dynamic exemplified an abusive arc rather than a romance.

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In The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren kidnaps Rey, then tries to force his way into her mind without her consent. The two also fight and injure each other physically at the end of the film.

Plus, a lot of fans thought that the connection the two had in The Force Awakens might be because they were related.

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We didn't know who Rey's parents were at that point, and it was still entirely possible she and Kylo might share Skywalker blood.

But now, thanks to The Last Jedi, we know that Rey and Kylo are almost definitely not related (according to Kylo her parents were "nobodies" who sold her for drinking money), and they are totally hot for each other.

Of course, Kylo could be mistaken, or lying. Last Jedi director Rian Johnson told Bustle, "I don’t think [Kylo Ren's] lying in that moment — I think he is, like, telling what he saw and I think that Rey seems like she believes it in that moment. So for me, I wrote it as an honest revelation and as an honest kind of reaction to it, as opposed to a move in a game of chess."

They touched hands.

They fought side by side.

They're clearly very connected.

And it seems that Reylo is, or is at least fast becoming, canon.

Which is thrilling for Reylo fans, and fans who just can't help but root for the pair after they teamed up and became the ultimate power couple for a few short minutes in The Last Jedi.

But other fans still believe the relationship between the two characters is abusive and sends the wrong message to viewers.

Reylo is abusive Reylo is abusive Reylo is abusive Reylo is abusive Reylo is abusive Reylo is abusive Reylo is abus… https://t.co/58TJlDN2de

Kylo literally says “you’re nothing to everyone except to me” which is an abuse tactic and gaslighting. Along with… https://t.co/D7nOBdg8jg

reylo is disgusting and abusive thank you for coming to my ted talk

ok now that y'all have seen tlj can we talk about how reylo is getting more and more toxic and abusive and awful

Why is everyone shipping Reylo when you got perfectly non abusive ships right there.

Things seem to be pretty split, so there's only one thing left for us to do: We gotta vote.

honestly ive never thought it’s right to call a potential relationship between kylo and rey “abusive”. it’s literal… https://t.co/VpPVMcuGH4

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