Hey, remember that time Kylo Ren kidnapped Rey and Finn ran after them? He screamed her name at the top of his lungs and looked like his entire world had just imploded when the ship took off. Finn’s obvious crush on Rey was a key plot point in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, though, Finn and Rey had been separated by injury, circumstance, and Finn’s burgeoning relationship with Resistance mechanic Rose Tico.
This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
It turns out Finn’s crush on Rey was originally played up a lot more in The Last Jedi. Director Rian Johnson revealed that the Blu-ray/DVD release will include 20 minutes of deleted scenes, one of which involved Rose chastising Finn for being so hung up on Rey.
SlashFilm reported on Wednesday that Rose and Finn’s relationship was slightly more fleshed out in Last Jedi before some reshoots. Supposedly, Finn and Rose also bonded over being separated from their families by the First Order.
Originally, the film spent some more time clarifying the dynamic between Rey and Finn, and further setting up Rose’s crush on the Resistance “hero.” Rose chastises Finn for “pining for Rey,” which Finn quickly denies, claiming that he was “raised to fight” and that he finally found something to fight for in his friend, Rey. “Whatever,” responds Rose with a hint of jealousy.
Finn and Rey are separated for most of The Last Jedi, only reuniting in the final minutes of the film for a heartfelt embrace. Even while they’re separated, though, Rey worries about Finn’s condition. As Rey climbs into a pod and prepares to face Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke, she tells Chewbacca to tell Finn… something. Chewbacca takes the words right out of her mouth before she can tell him and she smiles, telling him, “Yeah, that’s perfect.”
What did she say? That she misses him? That she hopes he’s okay? That she’ll see him soon? That she loves him?
Many Star Wars fans latched onto Finn and Rey’s relationship in Force Awakens and were disappointed by the lack of acknowledgment of it in Last Jedi. Instead, Finn built a relationship with Rose — a relationship that would have only made more sense if the deleted scene of them bonding would have been included.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now in theaters.