The SW Sequel Trilogy Trio - In all seriousness tho
I recently made a somewhat
trash joke post about Rey/Finn/Ben Solo being the new trio to the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, instead of the Rey/Finn/Poe idea, as seems to be the popular opinion in the fandom as of late.
I don’t want to write an essay so I’ll try to keep it concise (edit from future me: lol, too late, you’re in too deep now), but I do want to articulate why I legitimately believe Rey/Finn/Benny Boy are gonna be our main “trio” in the Sequel Trilogy.
So, to clarify, I think the trios established in the films are:
OT Trio: Luke (main protagonist), Leia, Han
PT Trio: Anakin (main), Obi-wan, Padme
ST: Rey (main), Finn, Ben
First, to clarify, many people seem to think the “trio” implies friendship, or that they gotta be around each other 24/7 for it to work. In my opinion though, the “trio” of Star Wars does not mean: “the characters who are best friends/warm and fuzzy by the end of it all.” The Prequels alone are enough to prove that…
…Yeah, things seem to have gone down the reeeeal “fuzzy feel good” route for this trio, right?
So what is the “trio,” exactly, then? What’s their function and purpose, if not to be bffs and braid each other’s hair at the next sleepover??
In my opinion and based on my observation from each movie up until this point, the “trio” of Star Wars are the three main character arcs that are meant to serve as some lesson and resonate with the audience at a deep emotional level. They are the three “protagonists” of the main story (with one “main” protagonist and two complementing protagonists). They are what drive the main story, the central conflicts and resolutions, and they are the lasting thread continuing beyond their initial stories and into the future of the saga.
It doesn’t really matter if they are “good guys” for the entire story…
nor does it matter if they are together for the majority of the story…
It doesn’t even matter if they live to tell the tale…
It’s about their
personal melodrama conflicts, trials, and triumphs being front and center, and it’s about who and what drives the main story and resolution/results.
With that said, going back to the topic at hand regarding the ST, I don’t think anyone would argue against the fact that Rey and Finn are two out of the three.
….So, then, that leaves us with
Sad Boy Ben Solo… so, why do I think Ben is part of that trio, if all he does is be a dickwad to provoke our two heroes…?
Well, to be blunt, the most obvious answer to that is: BEN BOY IS
EXTRA A SKYWALKER.
But beyond that - which tbh should be enough evidence in and of itself bc this is the SKYWALKER SAGA - there is reason to believe Benny Boy is being set up for a redemption arc and that the Sequel Trilogy is being set up as a mirror/inversion to the Prequel Trilogy.
If we look at it from a cyclical perspective (”Hello, this is Star Wars, have you two met, yet?” - how I feel if u don’t get that this shit is cyclical, yet) and see this as a reverse Prequel Trilogy of sorts we notice that…
The Prequels started off with two
jedi (Ani and Old Ben) and one politically inclined person (Padme) tied to a stable Senate and Republic with relative
“balance” to the Force and peace, which all ended very badly with tragedy and an
antagonistic relationship (and ultimately a villain) and rise of a great
and evil empire.
With that in mind, I think it could be possible that (although, yes, this is speculation, so calm down) in the
Sequel Trilogy, we start off with a trio of an antagonist/villain vs. two good guys, with a
terribly dysfunctional political climate/ war and the Force all out of
balance, but that eventually the trio end up on the same side in the
end, with the mutual goal to destroy the damaging higher powers in place
and restore the peace and balance to the Force. So, in other words, we end up with two jedi (Rey and
Crylo Ben) to balance the Force, and one strongly tied to the politics (Cinnaroll Finnaroll, everyone’s favorite heart of gold) who will play an integral part in bringing that aspect back together.
See how that would mirror/invert the PT beautifully? It’s poetic, in fact. All of this can really only happen if Ben stops being
an asshole evil and decides to do (at least some of) the right things. I’m not saying Anakin 2.0 Ben Solo is gonna be a warm and fuzzy character who ends up BFF ALWAYS AND 4EVR to both Rey and Finn necessarily (although I am personally of the opinion he and Rey gonna date will form a close bond somehow), but for this trilogy to end in any satisfactory way, we can’t just end THE Trilogy of Trilogies - the SKYWALKER SAGA - with the Skywalkers falling to complete darkness and despair.
We’ve already told that story… for proof, see previous Anakin, “I HATE YOU” gif above for reference.
So, if my prediction that Kylo Ren comes back to being Ben Solo once again so that he can restore the Skywalker name and help Rey
“find the Force or whatever” with balancing the Force and defeating Snoke, then he has to be one of the Main Three. Such an integral part to the plot demands it.
And, sorry Ben haters, but that’s not to mention that his character arc has ALREADY been so vital to the story and central conflict. Just because he’s a
total dickhead villain right now, doesn’t mean his story isn’t central and vital to the main plot. In fact, that’s going to sort of be the point. Rey is going to have to whip his ass into shape convince him that they need each other to fix everything - and that he ultimately, deep down isn’t the Vader fanboy evil persona he pretends to be.
Much like Anakin
who was also an asshole in the PT, this new story couldn’t exist without Kylo Ren/Ben Solo. Like Kylo Ren or not, that’s the way it is.
And I think by the end of it all, maybe the haters will be able to come around with Ben. Because, in truth, his full story hasn’t even really been told yet. Who knows what the next two movies will reveal to us?
Be patient, and trust the story tellers to give us something awesome and epic. They want us to love this story and these characters as much as they do. Let’s trust them to do just that.
But anyway, if you’re still skeptical, beyond even all of that
word vomit discourse, we have one pretty huge visual clue STARING US RIGHT IN THE FACE from TFA.
To all you naysayers who ask for CANONICAL EVIDENCE and shout about interpretation of literary themes not being “enough” (in a saga that literally follows Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey step by f*cking STEP in the OT - stop invaliding literary analysis in a franchise that takes every page out of the literary trope/theme/motif book)…
…here are some VISUAL CLUES from a VISUAL MEDIA to tip you off about these three and their roles/connections in the story.
If you think JJ my man (btw, we have the same alma mater, holla!! Sarah Lawrence represent!) doesn’t know what he is doing here, you’re a fool. That is intentional visual story telling if I ever saw it right there.
By putting them in masks, JJ is telling us, “these are the characters we are meant to discover,” the ones we are to come to identify with. They are the ones with the central journeys, the most growth, the real stories to tell. We learn our lessons from them, and the other characters support and inform their arc. Poe, Leia, Luke, Rose, etc. are of course vital to the story, but they are there to support and inform these three character arcs, which lie at the center of it all.
Anyway, that’s my opinion on the matter, based on thoughtful observation and consideration, as well as some background in literary analysis.
Thoughts/Additions/Disagreements welcome. It’s ok to
be wrong (<THAT IS A JOKE CALM DOWN STANLEY) disagree.