Damerey is so going to happen that last scene was a big call back to Han with the dice and Poe saying the iconic line was just the sinch. Reylo isn't gonna happen, for one JJ is in charge for the last movie and he does not like that pairing even compared it to rape at one point(the interrogation scene) so yeah Damerey is gonna rise, and that first meeting was all kinds of epic. Seeds have been planted anyone saying anything different is in denial.
I’m gonna preface this by ship and let ship. I don’t pretend to understand the r*ylos but they can ship in peace. I personally don’t see it, especially since I think Kylo is a whiny bitch and not good enough for Rey. Girl has been alone for too long; she belongs in the light. And after TLJ, I don’t think Kylo can even be redeemed or if he is, he’ll die like Anakin did.
But enough about that.
My BIGGEST fear going into TLJ was that they’d played that other ship as romantic and NOT toxic, which thankfully they did not. I was pleasantly surprised. Rey is a good person; given the right circumstances I can see her sympathizing with him and even trying to bring him back to the light, but that ship done sailed. Both of them have made their choices. Rey chose her friends, chose hope. Kylo chose darkness and being alone. His loss. And yet none of it was played in a romantic way. At least not for me. They have a connection, yes. But it’s not healthy? It’s all kinds of fucked up?
Like I could NEVER be on that train not after the interrogation scene in TFA. Kylo FORCED his way into her head with the Force. That’s a violation, no matter which way you slice it. Fuck that shit. I hadn’t heard that about JJ but if that’s true, thank the Maker.
You know who else that has happened to? POE. Poe was violated in the exact same way. Kylo violated my two favorite characters in the new trilogy and killed my all time fav. Yeah, never gonna be on any train that does not involve him being very dead.
So Poe and Rey already have that in common and they don’t even know it yet. They just met. But holy shit did you see their faces? I think Rey smiled like twice in the whole movie? When she and Finn reunited (so cute!) and when she met Poe. Their meeting was all I needed out of this movie and it was better than I could have ever dreamed? Like she was smiling and he was smiling, even though they’d just been through some horrible shit.
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ME TO DO WITH THAT, STAR WARS?
As someone who has shipped Han and Leia since before the word shipping was a thing, WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO? How am I supposed to resist the hot headed just wants to be a hero fighter pilot and the adorable Jedi? Like HOW? I am not that strong. I am trash, Star Wars. You have given me trash. And I love it.
That’s not even the only time I lost my shit? When Finn gives Poe the beacon thing, I was dying. POE HAD THE THING THAT WOULD BRING REY HOME. That was entrusted to exactly three people: Leia, Finn and Poe. Period. That’s not just random. That’s important. Those three either are or will be important to Rey. Having lost Han and now Luke, those people are going to be her new family. Like Luke, she would do anything for her friends.
The other time I really lost it was when Rey was getting tortured by Snoke. Rian didn’t cut to Kylo or Leia or Finn. He cut to Poe. Now I don’t know if I’m willing to buy into the whole Force tree connection thing just yet, but edits like that are on purpose. They don’t pull that shit out of thin air. We’re supposed to connect Rey with the Resistance. Who’s effectively leading the Resistance? Poe.
Rey is a whole new kind of Jedi. She’s not bound to the dogmas of the past. She can forge her own path. So her being in a relationship that she doesn’t have to hide is not out of the question. With the events of TFA and TLJ being so close together, I think Ep 9 is going to have a significant time jump. Years, probably. With Poe, Rey and Finn (and Rose!) rebuilding the Resistance, which sets things up nicely for our little ship. :)