Rejected Rise of Skywalker Poster Highlights Dyad Of Rey & Kylo


An unused poster for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker highlights Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren’s (Adam Driver) connection via Force dyad.

Kylo Ren and Rey’s Force dyad is the focus of an unused Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker poster. The first anniversary of the final Skywalker Saga film is fast approaching, while there seem to be no official plans to celebrate it, fans can still look back at the film and dissect some of its murky elements, including the concept of Force dyad.

Introduced in The Rise of Skywalker, the concept was used to explain the strong connection between Kylo Ren and Rey which had become apparent in The Last Jedi. The Force Awakens had some indication that the pair are intricately linked together, but it wasn’t until its 2017 sequel that it was fully explored. For a while, it was unknown why and how this was happening—until Emperor Palpatine clarified the matter. As it turns out, Ben Solo and Rey Palpatine make up a Force dyad. An extremely rare occurrence, a Force dyad happens when two Force-sensitive beings are strongly linked to each other allowing them to communicate in various ways despite being far apart.

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A poster for The Rise of Skywalker was meant to highlight this idea, but it was scrapped. Shared on Instagram by artist Adam Brockbank, the one-sheet features Rey and Kylo Ren almost morphing together. Check it out below:


It’s no secret that The Rise of Skywalker didn’t get the reception Disney and Lucasfilm wanted it to have. Instead of the satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker Saga, fans were divided about how things ended up for most characters, not to mention how the film resolved lingering plot holes. In fact, there’s an argument to make that instead of tying up loose ends, the movie introduced a few more that may never be fully explored other than through tie-in content. As nifty as the idea of the Force dyad is, the idea was introduced far too late in the series and the Star Wars sequel trilogy wasn’t able to fully explore the concept and possibilities.

At this point, Lucasfilm is focusing on projects that are set before the events of the sequel trilogy with Disney+ shows like The Mandalorian and the upcoming Rogue One spin-off and Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Since the Force dyad is supposed to be non-existent until Rey and Kylo Ren, there’s a slim chance that the concept significantly factors into those shows—unless there’s a retcon regarding it. In the meantime, it’s best to not expect Star Wars to tackle Force dyad more extensively in their currently confirmed projects. Perhaps they can revisit the idea better once they’re ready to roll out stories that are set in the aftermath of the First Order’s defeat in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

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Source: Adam Brockbank

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Updated: November 17, 2020 — 1:04 pm

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