Ranking the romances (real and imagined) of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
Spoiler alert for those who haven't seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi
It's time to talk about the ships of The Last Jedi, and we don't mean the vehicular kind.
We're talking about the bad romances and sweet flirtations, the canon relationships and the fanfic-only hookups.
Never mind that The Last Jedi only ever gets as explicit as a single quick kiss – this movie had enough romantic mojo to keep us rooting for our faves until 2019, when Episode IX will undoubtedly give us even more fanfiction fodder.
Some of these pairings are canon. Most of them are not. All of them are ones that had us raising an eyebrow and wondering what could be, or might have been. Below, a ranking of the ships of The Last Jedi from "hmm" to "OMG, OTP."
10. Maz + Chewbacca
Disappointingly, our favorite pirate queen didn't get any face time at all with her favorite Wookiee in The Last Jedi. Guess this Force Awakens ship will remain docked for another couple of years.
9. Rey + Poe
Okay, this isn't really a thing in The Last Jedi, since Poe and Rey don't actually meet until the very end. Even then, they barely exchange words. But hear us out: Poe has major chemistry with, like, every single person he talks to. Why on earth would we expect Rey to be any different?
8. Maz + Master Codebreaker
The Last Jedi may have robbed Maz of the opportunity to climb Chewbacca like a tree, but at least it gave her a steamy bit of backstory. During her chat with the Resistance, she hints that she's got a hookup history with the master codebreaker, played by Justin Theroux – and based on her dreamy reaction, it must've been a good time. Get it, girl.
7. Rey + Finn
The first thing Finn wants to know when he wakes up: "Wheres Rey?" Aww.It's clear these two love each other deeply. Less clear is the nature of that love: Are they destined to be friends or lovers?
Finn seems at least tentatively interested in her (remember in Force Awakens when he asked if she had a boyfriend?) and she's his top priority for much of The Last Jedi. However, in both films, Rey's seemed too preoccupied with other stuff to concern herself with dating. Or maybe he's just not her type. Honestly, we'd be fine with them staying buddies and nothing more.
6. Finn + Rose
DO meet your heroes, because sometimes you get to make out with them later.This is one of the only ships that's actually sorta canon in The Last Jedi – Rose saves Finn, tells him she loves him, and then kisses him on the lips, lest there be any lingering confusion about her feelings for him.
Less clear, however, is how he feels about her. It doesn't seem to have occurred to him to see her in that way, maybe because he's been so busy fretting about Rey. Frankly, it hadn't occurred to us either – throughout their adventure, they read more like BFFs than boyfriend and girlfriend, and even that kiss feels rather chaste.
But look, it's a really rough time for the Resistance. They've been backed into the corner, and are all but extinct. There's not a whole lot for any of them to smile about right now. If a sweet little fling would cheer these two up, we're all for it.
5. Kylo Ren + Hux
Do Kylo and Hux really hate each other ... or just hate how much they love each other? (Tbh, probably the former.)Image: David James / LucasfilmThese two can't stand each other, which would probably be a problem IRL. In fiction though, friction can create sparks. Sexy, sexy sparks.
Each of these Dark Side frenemies seems obsessed with domination and submission, so we'll leave it to you to imagine the sort of messed-up power dynamic at play here. Especially now that daddy Snoke isn't around to keep them in check, and they're at each other's throats more than ever.
4. Poe + Holdo
Holdo has a thing for trigger-happy flyboys, apparently.Image: David James / LucasfilmY'know, just your classic tale of boy meets girl, boy mansplains to girl even though she's his commanding officer, boy leads a mutiny against girl by holding her at gunpoint, boy eventually feels a little bad about what he did when he realizes she knew what the hell she was doing all along and she turns out to be a hero who willingly sacrifices herself so that others may live.
It's a terrible idea, is what we're saying.
On the other hand, though, Laura Dern and Oscar Isaac practically crackle in their scenes together. Just watch the intensity coursing between them as he demands information and she coolly dresses him down. And she does later comment to Leia that she likes him (y'know, despite the whole "mutiny at gunpoint" thing), so it's not entirely in our heads. Damnit, we ship it, even if it's wrong.
3. Leia + Holdo
Leia and Holdo would be the Star Wars power couple of our dreams.Leia and Holdo don't get much screentime together in The Last Jedi, but what we do see speaks volumes about the kind of relationship they have. These two clearly share a long history and a lot of affection.
Yes, yes, Leia and Han are our forever OTP, but Leia's friendship with Holdo predates her acquaintance with Han, and Leia and Han seem to have been kind of off-and-on anyway. Who's to say she and Holdo couldn't have hooked up in the meantime?
Worth noting, too, is that Holdo may or may not be canonically queer. In the novel Leia: Princess of Alderaan, a younger Holdo says she likes "a pair of pretty dark eyes," which, come to think of it, describes Leia pretty well. (Leia responds that she herself only likes "humanoid males," but don't let that stop you from wondering if she may have experimented.