Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduced two new characters to embody the Light and Dark Sides of the Force, culminating in a final battle in which good temporarily prevailed, while establishing a connection between them.
That connection is going to be further explored in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in which Rey and Kylo Ren are expected to have yet another epic confrontation. Actor Daisy Ridley spoke carefully about the two characters during her interview with USA Today, hinting that fans should expect a lot more developments in the new movie.
""These are two people who represent two very different sides of life, good and evil," said Ridley. "That's going to be explored more in this."
The recent trailers have done well to keep fans confused about the direction of the new movie. At the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rey has defeated the evil leader of the Knights of Ren in combat and tracked down a figure she once believed to be a myth in Luke Skywalker.
Though she thinks the exiled Jedi Master will be able to offer her guidance, she comes to get a personal lesson in the old adage "don't meet your heroes.
"She thinks there’s going to be a warm welcome. But Luke went to this island to get away and he doesn’t want to be disturbed," Ridley said.
Those trailers hint at Rey potentially switching over to the Dark Side, paired with some interesting lines from Luke where he speaks about being afraid of her power and cautioning her actions. And it all ends with a line where Rey asks someone for guidance, cut with a shot of Kylo Ren extending a hand.
So does she abandon Luke Skywalker? Don't worry, as Ridley hints the two experience some growth in their relationship. Ridley says that they take "a tremendous journey from the beginning of the relationship to ultimately where they end up in the film."
Has writer and director Rian Johnson taught everyone the powerful art of misdirection? Or is Ridley offering some insight into a budding friendship between the two characters?
We'll find out when Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres in theaters on December 15.