Rise of Skywalker Didn't Reveal Rey & Kylo's Greatest Force Dyad Power

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hinted at a connection between Rey and Kylo, with frequent conversations across space to each other. Then Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker introduced the idea of a Force dyad, a rare type of power that connects two people through the Force. Though not explored in great detail in the movie, the dyad allows Rey and Kylo to heal each other, talk as if they're together and even pass a physical object -- like a lightsaber -- through space. However, a recent Star Wars canon reference book has revealed an even more powerful trait that has yet to be seen.

The newly released Star Wars: The Secrets of the Sith book, written by Marc Sumerak and illustrated by Sergio Gomez Silvan, is a canon information guide about all things Sith, written from the point-of-view of Darth Sidious. Presumably written around the events of the sequel trilogy, Palpatine goes into detail about many aspects of the Force, including the most detailed look into a Force dyad so far.

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A Force dyad isn't anything new, predating even the classic Sith Rule of Two. The two Force wielders in the dyad are said to possess "skills beyond the grasp of even the most powerful force wielder" and goes on to mention all the abilities seen in The Rise of Skywalker. One line, however, suggests the dyad has one of the most powerful abilities ever heard in Star Wars. Palatine mentions, "Some could even pass physical objects through time and space in an instant," which has a lot to unpack.

Rey and Kylo give objects to one another through space in The Rise of Skywalker, as exemplified when they pass a lightsaber back and forth in the final battle. But the idea that they could've passed objects through time as well has huge implications. It raises many questions about the limits of this power, such as how far back or forward in time they could pass the object, if they can see the time they're passing it to and how much they can interact with the time.

While bringing the power of time into the Force may seem surprising, it's not the first time Star Wars has introduced the idea. Force visions are referenced in numerous prequel comics, suggesting that many Jedi can see glimpses into the future. And though debatable, the first instance of Force visions in a movie occurs in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, when Anakin has premonitions about Padme dying in childbirth. Although some believe the visions were placed by Palpatine to help turn Anakin.

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The next connection of the Force and time is seen in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. While out on a mission, Anakin, Ahsoka and Obi-Wan wake up in an ethereal realm called Mortis. During their many days there, they meet the physical embodiments of the Force, and a lot of conflict transpires. In the end, though, all three emerge out of the realm and are greeted by Captain Rex, who says they've only been gone a moment -- again hinting that the Force has the ability to affect time for physical objects and beings.

Probably the most blatant example of time manipulation in Star Wars is in Star Wars: Rebels. Toward the end of the fourth season, Jedi Ezra Bridger enters an area of the Force named the World Between Worlds. In this space, Ezra has the ability to reach into moments of time and interact with them, essentially introducing time travel to Star Wars. Although the episode ends with a pathway into the World Between Worlds being sealed, there's always the possibility for its return.

And so, while Star Wars is no stranger to introducing time into the Force, the Force dyad being able to effect it is the first reference to Force wielders manipulating time themselves. And with a huge number of new Star Wars media planned and in production, who knows whether a Force dyad could return to affect the timeline.

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Ben has taken a 'Film Production & Cinematography' university course, and recently completed a 'Scriptwriting' masters course, both completed at Bournemouth University. Throughout the courses, he has worked on a number of short films and documentaries. And found that his passion lays in scriptwriting, where he can combine his love of movies, writing, and storytelling. With taking courses involving film, Ben has extensive knowledge of movies both new and old, and keeps up to date on all the latest goings-on in the film industry. Especially within his favourite franchises, such as Star Wars. In his spare time, Ben is usually watching movies, playing games and running D&D games for friends (and hopes to one day actually be a player).

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