In the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Rey Skywalker hungered to know who her parents were. And it seems clear that she wanted parents as well. Because, at the end of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, she all but took on Leia Skywalker Organa Solo and Luke Skywalker as her mother and father. Rey did so after looking at them before making her last name “Skywalker.”

However, Leia is the mother of Ben Solo (the former Kylo Ren) and Luke, Ben’s uncle. Does this mean that Rey is basically Ben’s half-sister and cousin?

The Implications of Rey Being Ben’s Half-Sister and Cousin

Rey Skywalker and Ben Solo — half-siblings? (photo credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

If so, that would mean that another Star Wars trilogy has a case of siblings or at least half-siblings kissing passionately before learning that they were siblings (or, in Rey’s case, making her and Ben half-siblings). She passionately kissed Ben at the end of Rise of Skywalker after Luke and Leia, who are brother and sister, passionately kissed in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.

While I love that Rey took on the last name of Skywalker, I don’t love that it and her essentially taking on Leia and Luke as parents made her basically a half-sister and cousin to Ben.

That Kiss

Was Ben Solo and Rey Skywalker’s kiss both romantic and of gratitude? (photo credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Though the novelization of The Rise of Skywalker says that the kiss between Rey and Ben was “a kiss of gratitude,” just watch the given scene. That was a passionate kiss reflecting romantic desires between the two parties. Plus, just because the novel called it “a kiss of gratitude” doesn’t mean that it was saying the kiss wasn’t romantic also. Especially as a kiss can be of both romance and gratitude. (While the novel mucked up aspects of the story of The Rise of Skywalker and made some things more confusing, there is not really a problem with the Rey and Ben’s kiss.)

What do you think? Did Rey all but take on Leia and Luke as parents? If so, is Rey basically a half-sister and cousin to Ben? If so, what does that mean in terms of the passionate kiss between the two characters? And does that mean that we have another awkward love story in Star Wars? Comment below!

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