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What Happens to Your Favorite Star Wars Ships? Here's a Complete Roundup

Dec 26 2019 - 7:45am

Romance might not be front and center in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker [1], but that certainly doesn't stop us from considering the possibilities [2]! With the sequel trilogy wrapping up [3], it's time to find out the endgame for all the fan-favorite ships in the series. While some ships took flight in unexpected ways [4], others never quite made it into canon [5], but when has that ever stopped anyone from shipping anything? There are plenty of pairings that have a ton of chemistry, so it's easy to see why there are so many ships that seemed possible at one point or another. If you're ready to find out what happens to all your favorite Star Wars ships in the end, keep reading for a complete breakdown of the romantic possibilities in The Rise of Skywalker.

Finn & Poe

Finn and Poe, affectionately nicknamed "Stormpilot," has pretty much been the fan-favorite ship for the sequel trilogy since day one. As you probably expected, they don't have a canonical romantic relationship in The Rise of Skywalker, but their close bond is as strong as ever, as they share plenty of banter and a couple of their trademark hugs. It wasn't for lack of trying on one person's part, though: Oscar Isaac, who plays Poe, has made a point, throughout the press tour, of vocally supporting the ship.

"I think there could've been a very interesting, forward-thinking — not even forward-thinking, just, like, current-thinking — love story there, something that hadn't quite been explored yet; particularly the dynamic between these two men in war that could've fallen in love with each other," Isaac told IGN. "I would try to push it a bit in that direction [6], but the Disney overlords were not ready to do that."

Rey & Kylo Ren

There's always been a certain kind of tension between Rey and Kylo Ren, with their enmity blending weirdly with an intense bond through the Force that neither of them can quite explain. Fans of the Reylo ship are likely to come out of The Rise of Skywalker with very mixed feelings. Kylo Ren turns back to the Light and reclaims his real name, Ben Solo, and after he fights at Rey's side and revives her with the Force, they kiss. Moments later, though, he dies from expending all of his life force to save her and becomes one with the Force, like his mother and uncle did before. It's a bittersweet ending, but Ben was able to die a true Jedi, and Rey has her friends to lean on as she moves on with her life.

Rey & Finn

For the most part, the Rey/Finn ship was sunk by the time The Last Jedi rolled around, with Finn getting a new love interest, Rose, and both Rey and Finn making it clear that their bond was simply best friends. The Rise of Skywalker seems, briefly, like it might be walking that back, with a running gag of Finn trying to tell Rey something important but always getting interrupted. But by the end of the movie, it's implied (and confirmed by director J.J. Abrams at a Q&A) that he wanted to tell Rey he thinks he's Force-sensitive [7], not any sudden confession of secret love.

Finn & Rose

Fans might be puzzled when The Rise of Skywalker makes no mention of the romance between Finn and Rose that proved crucial in The Last Jedi. Disappointingly, Rose has very little to do in this movie, and her romance with Finn apparently ended off screen.

To understand what's going on, you'd have to have read a tie-in novel, Resistance Reborn, which takes place between the two movies. In it, Poe teases Finn about his love life, particularly with regards to Rey and Rose. Finn confirms his relationship with Rey is "just friends" and then responds to Poe's question about Rose with, "We talked about it, and Crait was . . . a moment. But that's it. Friends, there, too." It's a surprising but low-key and apparently drama-free ending to one of the trilogy's clearest ships.

Poe & Rey

Poe and Rey's first meeting at the end of The Last Jedi gained a small but loyal following for the duo, thanks to the (coincidental) use of the famous Star Wars line, "I know" when Rey introduces herself to Poe for the first time. The Rise of Skywalker is likely to bring a whole new set of fans to the ship, thanks to the way that their relationship is written. The movie gives them a quippy, argumentative friendship that's not entirely unlike early-era Han and Leia, particularly with them trading barbs about taking care of the Falcon and BB-8. By the end, they clearly care about each other deeply (just like they both care about Finn), and they've got an interesting, sparky chemistry, but it never goes further than that.

Rey, Finn, & Poe

For fans who can't decide who they ship among the main three characters, the solution has always been to simply ship them as a trio! The Rise of Skywalker puts Rey, Finn, and Poe all together for the first time, and it's clear right away that they've formed a tight bond in the time that's elapsed between the two movies. The final scene of the movie — aside from its Tatooine epilogue — shows the three reuniting after the battle is won, quite literally parting crowds to fall into a three-way hug and not let go anytime soon. It goes without saying that there's certainly no canonical suggestions of a polyamorous romance in Star Wars, but it's not hard to see why fans might ship it — and there's plenty of fodder for them here.


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