The Last Jedi: Rey mirrors Kylo’s Fighting Style

Occasionally, something will come across my STAR WARS news feed that I find interesting, and I’ll post about it.  Yesterday, an article on io9 has highlighted a discovery regarding Rey and Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi. It seems that when Rey is practicing with the lightsaber on Ahch-to, she mirrors the lightsaber moves that Kylo will use later in his “battle” with Luke Skywalker.

There’s even an animated GIF of shots from the film to illustrate the point.

The creator of the GIF, Redittor egoshoppe also pointed out in a comment that the junior novelization of The Force Awakens reveals that when Kylo was probing Rey’s mind, and Rey pushed back, she was able to “read” many of his abilities.

“Kylo had retreated at finding Rey in his head – had practically fled from her. But that had not been the end of that strange, sudden connection. She had seen more – far more. Somehow, almost instinctually, she knew how he accessed some of the powers at his command – even though she didn’t understand them. It was as if his training had become hers, unlocking and flinging open door after door in her mind.”

This would further explain how Rey was able to hold her own against Kylo at the end of TFA, in addition to the fact that Kylo was wounded.  Could it be that when Kylo says “I can show you the ways of the Force”, that Rey reached into her own mind and recalled that info she had retrieved from Kylo’s mind?  Or even further, that she reached into his mind once again?

Of course, it’s possible that the similarity between Rey and Kylo’s moves is simply the result of the same fight choreographer designing the moves in both scenes. I find that unlikely… fight choreographers are usually better than that, and the above quote from the junior novelization (canon, I believe) adds credibility to the idea.

For more, jump on over to the article on io9 – be sure to check the comments, as there’s another post from egoshoppe in which he shares a Tumbler post from leofgyth, who seems to be the origin of the discovery.


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