There’s been a lot of speculation by fans of a certain scene in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker where Finn desperately tries to tell Rey something before he [SPOILERS!] thinks he’s doing to die sinking into some kind of quicksand. But we never actually find out what he intended to tell her. I found out exactly what Finn wanted to tell Rey…
In the scene where Rey, Finn, Poe, C-3PO, and BB-8 are searching for a Sith relic that acts as a map to Exogol, they fall into quicksand, assume they’re dying, but end up underground in a secret formation of tunnels. While they were sinking, Finn calls out to Rey that he has something he never told her. Once they’re safe, he pushes the follow-up away when both Rey and Poe ask what he wanted to say.
Fans, including myself, initially thought it might have been a romantic confession, which doesn’t actually make that much sense when you look at the previous plotlines. There’s been significant tension between Rey and Kylo Ren and Finn has had some ambiguous romantic tension with Rose Tico. But considering the swap of JJ Abrams to Rian Johnson and back to JJ Abrams, we’re not exactly sure what the intent was in this installment. Thankfully, Twitter obliged with some additional insight.
John Boyega first confirmed that is wasn’t a confession of love on Twitter writing, “No . . . Finn wasn’t going to say I love you before sinking!”
No… Finn wasn’t going to say I love you before sinking!
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) December 23, 2019
After that, two fans confirmed that Abrams had the intent to keep it open-ended so that fans could interpret it any way they liked, but implied that it was likely Finn wanted to confess his Force-sensitivity to Rey at that moment. We know he has Force powers due to his ability to sense Rey on the right ship and when she temporarily perishes at the hand of Palpatine.
It has come to my attention that I may have not worded my post as accurately as I could’ve. JJ said it meant to him that he wanted to tell Rey he was force sensitive, but purposely left it open ended which is even worse. If he’s the director and that’s how he feels, why not do it https://t.co/bc6ONdSB64
— kaila ren (@ar1aster) December 22, 2019
Ultimately, I just wanted Finn to confess his deep love for Poe and make us all finally happy. And if we’re keeping things open to interpretation anyway, there’s nothing stopping me from continuing to think that’s the case.
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