The absolute emotional annihilation that was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ended with blow after blow, resulting in tears, trauma, and, yes, a satisfying (yet blink and you miss it) romantic subplot. And the Rogue One show was stolen by Rebel soldier Jyn Erso and Captain Cassian Andor’s brilliant story. At least, that was the case if you asked Twitter.
Jyn and Cassian — dubbed “RebelCaptain” by the internet at large — spent half the movie hating each other and refusing to give over their trust. Talk about ‘ship bait. On top of the “enemies to friends to lovers” trope that their two-hour, several-day journey fulfilled to a tee, Jyn and Cassian made their story all the sweeter by holding each other as they stared into the jaws of death. They never kissed, which makes their relationship all the more realistic and precious in the eyes of many, many fans.
While RebelCaptain wasn’t the only Titanic-sized ship to result from Rogue One, it’s probably the most prominent. Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus’s relationship is being lauded as the perfect portrayal of an old married couple. Chirrut is the believer and Baze is the long-suffering protector who really only believes in his partner at the end of the day. Talk about tragic. Baze and Chirrut (known henceforth as “MonkAssassin”) earned their fair share of tears. But their story — as wonderful as it is — takes a backseat to the relationship between Rogue One’s two main characters, Jyn and Cassian.
Not only does Cassian respect Jyn for her personhood, her strength, and her story, but he looks at her like he can’t believe she’s real.
FFS he crawls to the top of that damn platform after severe injury to save Jyn’s life from the man who originally ruined it. You can’t say you didn’t cheer like mad when Cassian appeared out of nowhere. Finally, there’s a person in her life who doesn’t abandon her, someone she can trust.
The respect and understanding they have for each other is #RelationshipGoals.
And, as one Twitter user managed to point out, Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy managed to concoct a more convincing love story in two hours (told mostly in ~meaningful looks~) than the entire prequel trilogy did for Anakin and Padmé.
Clearly, some fans are living in ultimate denial of Cassian and Jyn’s demise. No one can blame them, though. The two of them and their team remain nameless as the plot of A New Hope begins. But, thanks to Rogue One, their stories and the love they all hold for each other and the galaxy won’t be forgotten for generations to come.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now in theaters.