- "The life force of your bond…a dyad in the Force. A power like life itself. Unseen for generations."
- ―Darth Sidious, to Ben Solo and Rey
A dyad in the Force was the pairing of two Force-sensitive beings, making them one in the Force. The power of a dyad was as strong as life itself, and the individuals who formed a dyad shared a connection that spanned across space and time.
It was foretold in a prophecy that there would be a dyad in the Force, which had been unseen for generations by the time of the New Republic Era. The prophesied dyad was realized within Kylo Ren and Rey. Although they were enemies during the war between the First Order and the Resistance, Ren and Rey shared a unique bond that featured prominently in the lore of the Sith Eternal cultists. During the battle on Exegol, the life force of their dyad was used to restore the Sith Lord Darth Sidious.
- "My mother was the daughter of Vader. Your father was the son of the Emperor. What Palpatine doesn’t know is we’re a dyad in the Force, Rey. Two that are one."
- ―Kylo Ren, to Rey
A dyad in the Force was a phenomenon that occurred when two Force-sensitive beings shared a unique Force-bond with each other, connecting their minds across space and time. Physically, they were two separate individuals, but in the Force they were one. This form of connection made it possible for the bonded individuals to communicate with each other across great distances.
The connection between Kylo Ren and Rey could cover a range of light-years, allowing them to see and hear each other from across the galaxy. Their bond also gave them a clear sense of what the other felt, such as their fears as well as feelings of abandonment and solitude. In combat, when the two formed the dyad and fought as one, their Force powers mirrored and amplified each other. Their bond grew stronger with every passing moment.
The power of twoEdit
- "Don't be afraid. I feel it too."
- ―Kylo Ren, to Rey
A dyad in the Force was a subject that featured prominently in the lore of the Sith Eternal cult. It was foretold that there would be a dyad, but its power had not been seen for generations by the time of the New Republic Era, when the fall of the New Republic gave way to a war between the First Order and the Resistance.
Long before the age of the Resistance and the First Order, the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Plagueis had attempted to create a dyad within himself and his apprentice Darth Sidious, but his attempt was unsuccessful. Later, Darth Sidious attempted to create a dyad with his apprentice Anakin Skywalker, yet he also failed to do so.
The First Order warlord Kylo Ren encountered Rey, a scavenger from Jakku, while leading a military raid on Takodana in 34 ABY. As he telepathically probed Rey's mind, Ren became puzzled by a strange connection that he felt with her. Their innate connection that Ren felt with the scavenger intractably bridged their minds, but at the time he was unaware that they formed the prophesied dyad.
Ren and Rey both possessed raw, untamed strength with the Force, by virtue of their respective bloodlines as the grandson of Darth Vader and the granddaughter of Darth Sidious. While searching through Rey's mind, Ren discovered that the girl could sense his thoughts and feelings as well. As a side effect of their bond, Rey assimilated some of Ren's Force knowledge and Jedi training during the probe. Her latent Force powers manifested at an exponential rate, allowing her to utilize a few techniques such as mind trick and telekinesis. By delving into Rey's innermost thoughts, Ren not only sensed her loneliness and longing for family, but also discovered certain details about her past that Rey had subconsciously suppressed as a child.
The bond between Ren and Rey became stronger after their duel on Starkiller Base; their connection was so raw and powerful that it reminded Rey of touching a live wire in the wreckage of a starship. At this point, they discovered their ability to see, hear and touch each other through the Force. The bond allowed Rey to gain new insights into Ren, who no longer attempted to hide his pain and misery from her. Convinced that the light side still existed within the former Ben Solo, Rey chose to confront Ren in person, believing she could help him turn away from the dark side of the Force.
Ren's dark master, Supreme Leader Snoke, was aware of his apprentice's connection to the scavenger, however. He gloated in his success at having gathered Rey and Ren before him, for it proved beyond doubt that there existed a unique bond between them. Using Snoke's reliance on sensing his every thought, Ren outmaneuvered his mentor and ultimately killed him. With Snoke's unexpected death, the Elite Praetorian Guards did all they could to stop their leader's assassin, causing Ren and Rey to fight alongside each other. Their bond grew even more powerful in combat, amplifying the powers of the two.
Restores the oneEdit
- "And now, the power of two restores the one true Emperor."
- ―Darth Sidious, to Ben Solo and Rey
Despite the sympathy that Rey developed for Ren as a result of their connection and her long isolation, she chose to withdraw from their budding relationship, due to being unable to support Ren's actions against the Resistance and his machinations to rule the galaxy. Before his death, Snoke knew that Rey and Ren were the prophesied dyad in the Force. As the new Supreme Leader of the First Order, Ren vowed to destroy Rey for rejecting him after he entreated her to rule the galaxy by his side, but later confessed that he had no desire to hurt her. During the final days of the conflict, Ren was able to use their connection as a means of tracking Rey's location, first on Pasaana and later aboard his own flagship, the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Steadfast. Having discovered that they formed a dyad in the Force, Ren shared this information with Rey as well as the fact that it remained unknown to Darth Sidious at the time.
With their combined power as a dyad, Ren believed that together they could destroy Sidious and claim the Throne of the Sith. Though stung by her rejection, Ren continued to pursue Rey at Sidious' behest, leading to their final confrontation on Kef Bir. As they fought in the wreckage of the DS-2 Death Star, Ren's mother, General Leia Organa, died reaching out to her son in the Force. His mother's sacrifice, combined with the memory of his father, Han Solo, led him to cast off the persona of Kylo Ren and reclaim his former identity as Ben Solo. Meanwhile, Rey resolved to confront and destroy her grandfather, Sidious, on the dark world of Exegol.
While the Resistance forces and their allies engaged the forces of the Final Order in the battle of Exegol, Solo and Rey confronted Sidious in the heart of his citadel. Having failed to mold either of them into a successor, Sidious resolved to destroy them both, but in the process he discovered that their bond was as powerful as life itself. Realizing that they were a dyad in the Force, Sidious drained their combined life force in order to restore his body, reclaiming his mantle as the Galactic Emperor. Yet his triumphant return was short-lived; calling on the spirits of all the past Jedi, Rey was able to vanquish her grandfather at the cost of her life. When Solo found Rey's body, he sacrificed himself to bring her back to life. The two embraced and kissed each other before Solo vanished while still in Rey's arms. Later, Rey assumed the Skywalker name and became known as Rey Skywalker.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "Right from Episode VII, from the scene in which Rey is interrogated by Kylo Ren, it was clear that they have a connection, that they can understand each other, that they can literally read each other's minds. They're made uncomfortable by it and yet they're both drawn to each other. What we wanted to do was complicate that and say actually their connection is deeper than that. we began talking about them as a mythic concept, which is in Joseph Campbell, which is the mythic dyad--that they're two parts of the same whole."
- ―Chris Terrio
The dyad in the Force first appeared in the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, the first installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. It was first properly identified in the 2019 film Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker. Chris Terrio describes Kylo Ren and Rey's Force dyad as being soulmates in the Force, in which despite being enemies on opposite sides of the war, the Force acts as fate by bringing them together, allowing them to understand each other.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
- ↑ Star Wars: The Secrets of the Jedi
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition
- ↑ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
- ↑ Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ The Skywalker Legacy