Warning: SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ahead
Star Wars: The Last Jedi features a brief but charged moment between Poe Dameron and Rey, possibly indicating that Star Wars 9 will feature a romance between the two. Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi follows on from the chapter that relaunched the franchise, J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and is meant to bridge the gap until Abrams returns for Star Wars: Episode IX.
In terms of characters, The Last Jedi continues the story of the new trilogy of heroes introduced in The Force Awakens: Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), the Force-sensitive scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley), and the former-Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega). As is the case with most leads in popular franchises, fans have speculated about which characters will become romantically entangled over the course of this latest trilogy. After The Force Awakens, many fans were dedicated to the Poe/Finn 'ship (short for relationship) as well as the possibility of a romance between Rey and the villainous Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) - though there were other popular 'ships among fans.
Now, The Last Jedi has further developed the characters who made their debut in The Force Awakens - and introduced even more characters, like Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran). As a result, some relationships fans suspected may be burgeoning in The Force Awakens now seem unlikely to happen, while new romantic relationships have been established. However, one dynamic in particular is introduced in The Last Jedi and it's unclear where exactly the relationship is headed - that of Poe and Rey. The characters have a moment toward the end of The Last Jedi that makes it seem as though Star Wars 9 could have a Poe and Rey romantic relationship.
Will Poe/Rey Happen in Star Wars 9?
Unlike another romantic relationship in Star Wars: The Last Jedi - which explicitly featured a romantic moment - the dynamic between Rey and Poe is much more ambiguous. In fact, it may not even be setting up a future romance in Episode IX. The moment in question comes at the very end of The Last Jedi, after Rey has reunited with the remaining members of the Resistance and they've fled Crait on the Millennium Falcon. Poe introduces himself to Rey and the two share a moment the feels weighty.
Of course, it may just be that the moment has a sense of weight because it's Rey and Poe's first official meeting, but that seems to rewrite the ending of The Force Awakens. Following the destruction of Starkiller Base, the Resistance regroups at their base on D'Qar. It's then that R2-D2 awakes and the Resistance is able to put together the entire map of how to find Luke Skywalker. In that meeting, Rey and Poe are both in attendance, standing not too far from each other. Still, it's likely that, considering how large the Resistance is at that point, Poe and Rey didn't actually cross paths, especially since Rey leaves shortly after to go find Luke. So, it's possible that Rey and Poe truly don't officially meet until the end of The Last Jedi.
While it's possible that their scene on the Millennium Falcon may feel weighty just because it's the first meeting between two members of the newest Star Wars trio, it's also likely that this exchange is meant to set up a relationship that will be more developed in Episode IX. Finn, Rey, and Poe are three key members of the Resistance, so it makes sense for the dynamics between them to be further explored in Episode IX. With Finn otherwise romantically entangled, after The Last Jedi, Rey and Poe seem to be the most likely candidates if Star Wars is aiming to establish a romance among the main trio.
Still, there's always the possibility that the scene between Poe and Rey in The Last Jedi isn't meant to have any romantic subtext. (Though fans interpreting it that way would undoubtedly be justified since Oscar Isaac has chemistry with everyone and everything.) However, with two years until Episode IX debuts, fans will no doubt be speculating about what exactly is going on in Rey and Poe's meeting. While the possibility of Rey and Poe becoming romantically entangled in Episode IX will no doubt please fans who have 'shipped them since The Force Awakens, would that dynamic work within this Star Wars trilogy?
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019