[Warning: possible spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ahead.] Ever since the Star Wars sequel trilogy revealed its two leads as Rey and Kylo Ren, some fans have been “shipping” the two characters. Shipping, for those that don’t know, is a completely made up use of the word to describe fans’ desires for two characters to be together. There is a myriad of reasons why “Reylo” is a bad idea. Thankfully, if recent rumors are true, the relationship between Rey and the son of Solo will never come to pass.

Rey and Kylo Ren
Not the healthiest way to star a relationship. (Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.)

According to a recent report from Making Star Wars, Episode IX will feature a kiss, but it will not be Rey and Kylo Ren. Supposedly it will be between two characters that no one really cares about. Okay… so why is this news?

Please stop shipping Rey and Kylo Ren. Seriously. Just stop.

It’s not so much the news about who will kiss, but those who will not. If it’s not between characters we truly care about, that rules out Rey and Kylo, Rey/Finn, Rey/Poe, Finn/Poe, Finn/Rose…. And the list goes on. Honestly I’m perfectly fine with that. Let’s start with Finn and Rose: There’s rarely been a more forced “romantic” connection in cinema, let alone Star Wars. Finn and Poe? That would just feel forced. But Reylo?

Rey and Kylo
More this, less shipping. (Image: Lucasfilm Ltd. via Vanity Fair)

I truly don’t get why people want to see Rey and Kylo Ren together. Sure, this may be a bold statement, but for me Kylo Ren is one of the worst characters in Star Wars. He has no credibility, nor is believable, as a true villain other than the fact that he’s unhinged. But…. He is unhinged in a “petulant teenager whose parents won’t let him drive the car past 9:00 pm” kind of way. Sure, Luke Skywalker started out whiny and annoying. Notwithstanding, by the middle of The Empire Strikes Back he’d already jumped deeply into his hero progression. Kylo Ren, by contrast, still hasn’t moved passed his temper-tantrum ways even after two complete films.

Ship Connix and Snap, not Reylo.

I for one will be very pleased if Rey and Kylo Ren never lock lips. But that begs the question: If not them, who? My money is on Lieutenant Connix and Temmin “Snap” Wexley. If it happens, you heard it here first.  

Source: Making Star Wars