Lucasfilm has released an official clip of Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s jaw-dropping throne room scene online. Director Rian Johnson’s entry in the Skywalker saga proved to be quite polarizing, but most everyone is in agreement Rey and Kylo Ren’s fight against Supreme Leader Snoke’s praetorian guards is one of the film’s highlights. Taking place immediately after Kylo shockingly murdered Snoke, the two young Force users teamed up in one of the best action sequences Star Wars has seen.
With Episode VIII hitting home media this month, the throne room sequence is one of the parts fans will want to rewatch the most. For those who can’t wait for their digital or Blu-ray copy to arrive, a brief clip of the scene has now been released for your viewing enjoyment. This section of Last Jedi had leaked online shortly after the theatrical premiere, but this is officially from the studio. Check it out in the space above, via JoBlo.
Unfortunately, this is just a sliver of the whole fight, picking up towards the tail end as Kylo works his way through three guards singlehandedly. In addition to being quite the surprise story-wise, this scene was noteworthy for its great choreography, ensuring the praetorians weren’t just window dressing for the set. Rey and Kylo endured a physically-demanding test that required them to make use of all their combat abilities.
Earlier this year, Rey and Kylo’s fight became a famous Internet meme when fans shared videos of classic pop songs playing over the footage. It’s easy to see why this scene connected with so many people. Ever since The Force Awakens in 2015, “Reylo” has been a hot topic of conversation within the fan base, with many speculating the two would make a great pair. Last Jedi certainly toyed with this concept (the “Force Skype” talks are underscored with sexual tension), building up to the amazing throne room moment. The pure satisfaction many felt in this scene made Kylo’s true intentions all the more crushing. Instead of coming back to the light as Ben Solo, he had just taken the next step to becoming the galaxy’s ultimate evil.
Unfortunately (for Reylo enthusiasts), the throne room sequence is probably the closest the sequels will get to bringing the two together in this capacity. At the end of The Last Jedi, both Rey and Leia believed Kylo was beyond saving. Rey closing the Millennium Falcon ramp was Johnson’s way of illustrating her bond with Ben is severed as the two characters forge their own paths. Rey and Kylo remain the most fascinating figures in the trilogy, so it’ll be interesting to see how J.J. Abrams wraps this relationship up in Episode IX.
Source: Lucasfilm (via JoBlo)