It seems J.J. Abrams just isn’t interested in giving Star Wars fans the romance many have clamored for in The Rise of Skywalker. A kiss between Finn and Rey, Rey and Kylo Ren, and even Poe and Finn are oft-discussed possibilities within the fandom. While Reylo fans are still holding out hope, the Star Wars: Resistance Reborn prequel novel — set between Last Jedi and the Rise of Skywalker — suggests that Finn won’t be getting any love at all.
Warning! Speculative spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ahead.
There were clues in The Force Awakens that Finn and Rey’s friendship could evolve into a romantic relationship. After all, the pair became close in a short span of time, and stuck together through thick and thin. So, it was a surprise when The Last Jedi separated them for most of the film and saw Finn come together with Rose Tico instead. They journeyed to the lavish playland of Canto Bight together, made a daring escape from a Star Destroyer, and finally kissed after Rose stopped Finn from his suicide run on Crait. Later, Rey looked on in what some fans interpreted as a show of jealousy as Finn comforted Rose. By these standards, Finn should be involved in a Rise of Skywalker love triangle, right? Well, not exactly.
Reddit user erosead posted an excerpt from the Episode IX prequel novel that’s due out November 5, which includes a conversation between Finn and Poe Dameron (who’s also getting no love). Poe directly asks Finn if he and Rey are together, but Finn confirms that they’re “just friends.” Ok, fine, but what about Rose? Poe really wants to know. No luck there, either.
Finn says that he and Rose “talked about it, and Crait was…a moment. But that’s it. Friends there, too.”
Wow. In one fell swoop, Resistance Reborn seemingly crushed any and all hope for Finn to be with anyone in The Rise of Skywalker. Sure, the film may dismiss the events of the novel, but the novel is canon and it sure sounds final. It’s possible the novel included this dialogue so the film wouldn’t have to address it, but it’s a strange way to squander Finn’s chances with everyone, even Rose. There’s still a very small chance that Finn might have a potentially romantic moment with Rey or Rose, but the odds of Finn kissing either character now seem pretty slim.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters December 20.