- "Can you see my surroundings?"
"You're going to pay for what you did."
"I can't see yours. Just you. So no… This is something else."
- ―Kylo Ren and Rey
A Force-bond, also known as a Force connection, was a powerful connection that existed between two Force-sensitive individuals. Through the Force, the bonded persons were able to communicate with each other albeit being in separate locations through a shared Force vision. A bond could be formed between two allies, such as a Jedi Master and their Padawan, or two enemies adhering to opposite sides—the light and the dark side—of the Force. It was also possible for an outside party, such as a Dark Lord of the Sith, to take advantage of a Force-bond through the dark side.
At the height of the Clone Wars, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious tried to undermine the Jedi Order by breaking the will of Grand Master Yoda, who shared a Force-bond with Sidious' apprentice—the fallen Jedi Darth Tyranus. During the reign of the Galactic Empire, Padawan Ezra Bridger became psychically linked to Maul, a former Sith, due to a ritual that merged two holocrons. As a side effect, Bridger experienced a series of aural hallucinations and visions that lasted until Maul's death.
Many decades later, a Force-bond developed between Kylo Ren and Rey, a dark side warrior and a Jakku scavenger, respectively. Snoke, the Supreme Leader of the First Order who mentored Ren in the ways of the dark side, used his powers to influence their connection, knowing Ren would not hide his conflicted feelings from Rey. As a result, they were able to communicate across the light-years of the galaxy, unaware that their minds had been bridged by Snoke in an effort to lure Rey into a trap. The connection between Ren and Rey, both of whom possessed raw strength in the Force, was powerful to the extent that they could even physically interact with each other despite being in two separate locations. As their bond grew stronger, Rey became certain that their destinies were intertwined.
- "Ben, when we touched hands, I saw your future. Just the shape of it, but solid and clear."
- ―Rey, referring to one of the effects of her bond with Kylo Ren
A Force-bond was a powerful link between two Force-sensitive individuals that ultimately connected their minds and allowed them to communicate across great distances through the Force. The range of the bond was vast; it could span across the galaxy, keeping two beings united in a psychic link despite the physical distance between them. As a result, the individuals involved could both see and hear each other through a shared Force vision, which also allowed them to make physical contact with each other and their respective surroundings. The strength of the bond depended on the degree of the Force-sensitivity of the individuals bonded to each other, meaning the stronger they were in the Force, the greater their connection would be. In some cases, a bond or psychic link could cause at least one of the affected persons to suffer from aural and visual hallucinations.
- "Why is the Force connecting us? You and I…"
- ―Kylo Ren, to Rey
In the Jedi Order, the relationship between Master and apprentice could result in the creation of a Force-bond between them. It was also possible for a bond to exist between two individuals aligned on opposite spectrums of the Force, specifically the dark side and the light.
It was possible for a Force-bond to be taken advantage of by an outside party. For instance, a Sith Lord could manipulate the Force visions of a selected target through the use of a Force power known as dark illusion. An ancient dark side ritual was required in order to harness the dark illusion. First, the practitioner had to draw blood from the person whom the target shared a bond with, and then compounded with an array of Force lightning in a sacrificial altar basin. At this stage of the ritual, the practitioner would chant an old Sith incantation in the Balc language while the bonded one concentrated on their bond with the intended victim. Once the ritual was complete, the Sith Lord would be able to peer into the mind of his target while controlling their visions to an extent.
Certain Force-based rituals could result in the creation of a psychic connection between two Force-sensitives, such as the fusion of two holocrons. In the case of combining a Jedi holocron with a Sith holocron, the ritual required a light side user and a wielder of the dark side to work together. If the process was interrupted, the participants could become mentally linked with each other. A bond could also be created between two Force-sensitive individuals by a being who was also Force-sensitive as well as strong in the dark side of the Force. The persons involved could then be subtly manipulated by the one who forged the bond between them.
Dooku and YodaEdit
- "Master Yoda has come to Moraband, although why, I do not know. We shall, however, use the strong bond that once existed between you and your master to allow us to see things that we otherwise could not."
- ―Darth Sidious, to Darth Tyranus
Before turning to the dark side, Count Dooku—later known as Darth Tyranus during his apprenticeship to the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious—was a Jedi Master who developed a strong Force-bond with Yoda, the Grand Master who mentored him in the Jedi arts. During the Clone Wars, Sidious detected Yoda's presence on the Sith homeworld of Moraband. Determined to learn the purpose of Yoda's visit, the Dark Lord also sensed an opportunity to strike a crippling blow to the Order by breaking the will of its oldest and wisest Jedi Master. At the time, the Jedi High Council was uncertain if a Force-user could be compromised by their bond with another being. Ki-Adi-Mundi suspected that it was possible, although his theory was doubted by Obi-Wan Kenobi, who did not believe that a Jedi Master of Yoda's caliber could be affected by the dark side.
In order to affect Yoda's visions, Sidious required the assistance of someone who was once close to his intended target. To that end, he summoned Tyranus to Coruscant where they performed an old Sith ritual that enabled them to harness the power of dark illusion. By using Tyranus' Force-bond with Yoda, Sidious manufactured a Force vision designed to tempt Yoda with the dark side of the Force, resulting in a battle of wills between the Dark Lord and the Grand Master. Sidious' efforts to break Yoda's spirit ultimately failed, however. Yoda was strong, as noted by Sidious, and refused to be tempted by the dark side.
Ezra Bridger and MaulEdit
- "The dark side wielder I told you about, the one who wanted to join the holocrons together… I've seen him here on Atollon."
- ―Ezra Bridger, seeking answers from the Bendu in regard to his psychic link with Maul
At the height of the Galactic Empire, Maul—a former Sith apprentice of Darth Sidious—sought the Jedi Ezra Bridger's assistance in his quest to learn the fate of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Jedi Master who defeated Maul during the crisis on Naboo. Having captured the young Padawan's allies, Maul was able to coerce Bridger's participation in a ritual involving the fusion of two holocrons, and thereby discovered that Kenobi had indeed survived the Jedi Purge of Order 66. However, a psychic link was also established between Maul and Bridger as a result of the ritual.
Their newfound bond led Bridger to experience a series of aural hallucinations and Force visions relating to Maul; at one point on Atollon, he nearly killed a Rebel trooper whom he mistook for the Dathomirian Nightbrother. After the incident, Bridger's Jedi Master, Kanan Jarrus brought him to the Bendu, hoping to find a way to end the hallucinations that plagued his apprentice. By then, Maul had tracked their position and threatened to reveal the location of Chopper Base to the Empire unless Bridger agreed to finish the ritual on Dathomir. Bridger complied with the dark side wielder's demands, both to ensure Maul's silence and to discover the key to destroying the Sith. By finishing the ritual, Maul learned that Kenobi was on Tatooine, but was unable to find his exact location in the planet's vast desert. He therefore used his connection with Bridger to lure the Padawan to Tatooine in order to draw his old nemesis out of hiding. Though he managed to find Kenobi with Bridger's unwitting aid, Kenobi ultimately defeated Maul in single combat to the death.
Kylo Ren and ReyEdit
- "I've never felt so alone."
"You're not alone."
"Neither are you. It isn't too late…"
- ―Rey and Kylo Ren
In the aftermath of Starkiller Base's destruction, Kylo Ren and Rey—both of whom possessed raw power in the Force—discovered that they shared a mysterious connection with each other. The bond allowed them to see and hear each other across millions of light-years, with Ren located on the First Order Navy flagship Supremacy and the latter on the planet Ahch-To. Their bond continued to grow stronger as Rey's powers increased, leading Ren to become mystified by the connection between them.
At first, Rey regarded their bond as an unwelcome development due to the series of Force visions that she shared with Ren, whom she begrudged for the murder of Han Solo, Ren's father. She was surprised, however, to see that Ren—whose emotional state was further affected by their bond—no longer tried to hide his hurt and pain from her. As time passed Ren and Rey began to connect on a more intimate level, allowing her to sense his inner conflict and misery that caused him so much pain. Their connection was unprecedented, as well as raw and powerful, allowing Rey to gain new insights into Ren—a man whom she saw as a monster. After failing to discover the identities of her own parents during her trials on Ahch-To, Rey confided in Ren her feelings of loneliness and despair. Ren insisted that she was not alone. Rey returned his gesture, in kind, and came to believe that Ren was not beyond redemption. As their connection grew stronger, Rey grew certain that their destinies were intertwined.
Despite the vast distance that separated them physically, the First Order champion and the former scavenger-turned-Jedi aspirant were physically affected by the surroundings of the other person. At one point, Rey attempted to make physical contact with Ren, but expected that their hands would simply pass through each other. She grasped Ren's hand when their fingers actually touched; the contact not only surprised them, but also caused Ren and Rey to experience a premonition of the future. However, their connection was interrupted by Ren's maternal uncle, the self-exiled Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, who discovered Rey and Ren clasping hands and staring into each other's eyes. Confounded by Skywalker's jaded views and his involvement in Ren's fall to the dark side, Rey set out to find Ren and restore him to his former persona of Ben Solo, believing he would come back to the light with her help. Although their bond provided Rey with insights into Ren that Skywalker did not perceive, the Jedi Master remained unconvinced that his nephew could be saved, leading Rey to conclude that the galaxy's last hope was Ben Solo instead of Luke Skywalker.
Whereas Rey's premonition convinced her that Ren would defy his dark side master, Supreme Leader Snoke, and ultimately turn back to the light, Ren believed that Rey would be the one to turn and stand at his side. In addition to the future, Ren also saw Rey's past and discovered the identities of her parents. He escorted Rey to Snoke's throne room after the latter was brought aboard the Supremacy. Along the way, Rey beseeched Ren to reject the dark side, referring to him by his given name "Ben." Upon confronting the Supreme Leader in person, Rey and Ren learned that Snoke had been using his powers to control the bond between his apprentice and the would-be Jedi in an effort to manipulate Rey into seeking out Ren. Snoke manipulated Ren's insecurity to his advantage, knowing he could not hide his conflict from Rey, who could not pass up the chance to redeem the former Ben Solo.
Snoke deemed Rey a threat and commanded his apprentice to execute her. Using both the Force and subterfuge, Ren killed his master instead; he then proceeded to eliminate the fallen Supreme Leader's Elite Praetorian Guards with the help of Rey. Their alliance was short-lived, however. Ren ultimately chose power over redemption in spite of Rey's efforts to change him, but he also desired to rule the galaxy with her. At the same time, Ren revealed the truth about Rey's lineage; her father and mother were no one, just a pair of junk traders who sold their daughter for money. He also suspected that Rey suppressed the memory as a child, but had always known the truth on a subconscious level. Ren offered Rey a chance to stay with him, but she rejected his offer, escaped the First Order warship, and rejoined her Resistance comrades during the Battle of Crait. Ren attempted to end the war by annihilating the Resistance on Crait, but failed due to the actions of Rey and Skywalker. His bond with Rey brought them together once more, although by then Ren sensed that Rey felt neither hatred or compassion for him.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Force power known as "Force-bond" was first mentioned in "Voices", the eleventh episode of The Lost Missions, which was released as the sixth and final season of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series in March 2014. Force-bond was first identified by name in the "Sacrifice" episode gallery on StarWars.com. It later appeared in the 2017 film Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, the second film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy directed by Rian Johnson, in which Kylo Ren and Rey experience a powerful connection with each other.
According to director Rian Johnson, Ren and Rey's Force-bond in The Last Jedi was a storytelling device to get two of them talking to each other. If they met face-to-face, they were either going to fight or one of them would have to be tied up. Their Force-sessions became a way to get Rey to go from "I hate you" to actually engaging with Ren.
- Star Wars Battlefront II (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Voices" (First mentioned)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice" (First appearance)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Visions and Voices"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Twin Suns"
- Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: A Junior Novel
- The Last Jedi Adaptation 2
- The Last Jedi Adaptation 3
- The Last Jedi Adaptation 4 (Indirect mention only)
- The Last Jedi Adaptation 5 (Indirect mention only)
- (First identified as Force-bond)
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars Lightsabers: A Guide to Weapons of the Force
- (First identified as Force connection)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Star Wars Rebels – "Visions and Voices"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "The Holocrons of Fate"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Voices"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Twin Suns"
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition
- ↑ The Last Jedi Adaptation 5
- ↑ Rian Johnson on the evolution of the Force in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' and more spoilers (2017-10-31). Retrieved on December 18, 2017.