Nemeses Rey and Kylo Ren are going to share quite a lot of screen time in The Last Jedi, as shown in one telling moment in a trailer hinting at both of them joining up with either the Light or Dark Side of the Force. But is there more to their relationship than just two proto-Jedi occasionally trading blows and verbal jabs?

Adam Driver seems to be completely unable to stop hinting that there’s something going on between Kylo Ren and Rey. In his latest slip within the pages of Rolling Stone, he was mighty cagey about whether he’s playing a little younger than his own age in the movie, and what that might entail.

The passage in question:

He refuses to see his character as bratty. "There is a little bit of an elitist, royalty thing going on," he says, reminding us that the character's estranged mom is "the princess. I think he's aware of maybe the privilege." He does acknowledge playing Kylo Ren younger than his own age of 34: "I don't want to say how much younger, 'cause people will read into it. . . ." He flushes, and later says he regrets mentioning it at all. If it's a plot spoiler, it's unclear exactly how, unless it's related to his unexplained connection to Rey. The two apparently spend serious time together in this film. "The relationship between Kylo and Rey is awesome," says Ridley, whom Driver calls a "great scene partner," apparently one of his highest compliments.

OooooooOOOOOOOooooh. As we’ve seen before, love is the emotion that most often tempts Jedi over to the Dark Side, but maybe it could be used to bring someone into the Light too. Driver has also said that The Last Jedi is, at least spiritually, like The Empire Strikes Back of this trilogy: everything’s a little darker, the stakes are getting a little higher. Just saying, Empire is also when certain characters start hitting it off… Regardless, it sounds like something’s definitely going on between these two volatile, powerful individuals, and let’s hope it’s used for good.

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The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15.

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