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Rey’s Question to Ren

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' started by Veronica, Jul 13, 2020.

  1. Veronica

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    I have a question, it’s regarding the first force bond between Rey and Ren . When Rey asks Ren ‘You could have killed me why didn’t you?’ I’ve been told that it’s in reference to when she was on her knees before Ren inside Snoke’s throne room , and when Ren chose to kill Snoke and spared her life. But why would she ask this question when minutes later he tells her that ‘she’s nothing, but not to him.’ She full well knows that he likes her and he knows (or suspects) that she likes him. Both of them are too proud, especially given past events, to start emoting in that department. But when I saw the film, I just got the impression that he had spared her life or made sure she wasn’t touched during the intervening year. Am I missing something?
     
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    They both answer the other's question with a question.

    First Kylo asks, why Rey didn‘t take his hand (referring to the end of the throne room fight in TLJ). Rey thinks it's obvious why she didn't take it, so she asks a counter question, which has the same answer.
    => Kylo knows Rey wanted to take Ben's hand, while Rey knows Ren couldn't kill her because of compassion.

    Both want to prove a point. Kylo wants Rey to realize that Rey belongs to the dark side (she wanted to say yes to Kylo's offer). Rey wants Kylo to realize that he's searching for the light (Kylo couldn't kill Rey, because Ben is still in him).

    That's a common way for writing dialog which is focusing on tension.
     
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    Technically, it's a callback to Return of the Jedi.

    It might be the only reason why Rey even says it. In Return of the Jedi, Luke says to Vader that "was why you couldn't destroy me". (Not true, Vader was trying to get Luke into submission in Empire and wanted an ally, so he kept Luke around.) The difference is that Rey's questioning whereas Luke was confident.

    It's also to create drama.

    Since this is the end of all of the trilogies, and especially how each film in the sequel trilogy has had ties to a parallel film in the original trilogy, there has been a lot of callbacks to Return.
     
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    Okay thanks!
     
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    That sums it up pretty well, yes.
     
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