Appropriately enough, the Force did awaken in Rey in The Force Awakens, but does the former Jakku scavenger’s newfound power connect her in a deeper way to Darth Vader wannabe Kylo Ren? Probably not.
Star Wars fans took to the internet to suddenly cry out as the Star Wars databank added some interesting new descriptions to Rey and Kylo Ren’s entries. Specifically, each new blurb sports distinct language that indicates the adversaries share a “mysterious connection” and a “strange connection” to one another.
Here’s the main addition to Rey’s page (emphasis ours):
On Takodana, Skywalker’s lightsaber called to Rey, who experienced a Force vision. She rejected this call to destiny, but was captured by the dark side warrior Kylo Ren, with whom she shared a strange connection. Kylo took Rey to Starkiller Base, where he tried to understand her rapidly growing powers. With Finn in peril, she escaped and took up Skywalker’s lightsaber — and the quest to find the Jedi master.
Here’s the main addition to Kylo’s page (emphasis ours):
Snoke warned Kylo that there had been an awakening in the Force, and his apprentice would face a test when he confronted his father. Kylo swore his loyalties were only to Snoke. But he was intrigued when he captured Rey, a Jakku scavenger whose Force abilities were raw but very powerful. A mysterious connection seemed to link the two.
Additionally, Kylo’s Databank gallery biography mentions how he “found himself puzzled by a strange connection with her,” and that “He sensed his destiny and Rey’s were somehow intertwined, but how?”
Well, but how? That is the question.
Since The Force Awakens hit theaters, the speculation was that Rey and Kylo were related. How else did she have enough Force power to wield a lightsaber without any formal training? These additions certainly lend credence to that theory depending on how you read the Databank entries.
But the more likely conclusion is nothing new. Their connection is probably that they are among the last Force-powered people in the galaxy and they suddenly find themselves in each other’s company. Whereas characters like Maz Kanata and Lor San Tekka from The Force Awakens or Chirrut Îmwe from Rogue One are Force-sensitive à la Leia, Rey and Kylo can actually pull off Jedi mind tricks à la Luke.
It’s fun to let the Star Wars speculation run wild, but their shared Force powers must be the “strange” and “mysterious” connection. It’s as simple as that, unless Rian Johnson pulls a fast one on us when The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.