Discussing more of the potentials spoilers below.
I hope this isn’t true. Specifically the idea that Rey would just put the Skywalker lightsaber back together… it just seems like a cop out to the toxic side of the fandom.
Also Kylo just reconstructing his helmet. It’s just moving the story backwards instead of forwards…
I had a similar reaction initially as well, since I kind of hoped Rey would have a double-bladed lightsaber.
Though the idea of Rey repairing the Skywalker Saber and Kylo Ren reconstructing his helmet, especially the way Kylo’s helmet is described, has reminded many of the Japanese art of Kintsugi, which is when one uses a golden (or other kind of) lacquer to reassemble the broken pieces of pottery. The idea is that the imperfection itself is a kind of beauty, and how it can represent taking our own scars and implementing the past to become stronger personally. I think this idea fits in very well with what has been presented, but I am sure others will see it as JJ “retconning” Rian, but guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I definitely don’t think this creative decision shouldn’t worry anyone too much though. Might be overthinking thinking it otherwise.
Here’s a video talking about Kintsugi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT55_u8URU0
Also wanted to mention two things.
One, just because Kylo’s helmet is back doesn’t really represent a regression of his character. Despite becoming ruler of the galaxy, he seemed to be at an emotional low point by the end of TLJ, so him returning to it either to hide his own emotions or to cement an intimidating image as the new Supreme Leader makes sense to me. Also, we don’t really know how much of the mask we’ll see. We’ll probably see more of the mask than we did in TLJ, but we will see more of Adam Driver’s face still than we did in TFA. Maybe 50/50 or 25/75. Like he wears the mask in public then takes it off in private and other emotional scenes.
Secondly, the description we get about Rey’s lightsaber is very very vague. From the reddit post:
They also talked about Rey’s lightsaber and how it’s back and has been reforged. They said the reforge is not shown on screen.
What it looked like wasn’t shown on screen, so to me it still isn’t clear what the saber will look like. She could have just put the saber back together, or “reforge” could mean she has remade it into a new variant. A double-bladed saber would make sense considering her skill with a staff, plus the kyber crystal being split into two. But, it is also possible that she just repaired the original design. At the very least, I would hope that there will be a clear indication that it was repaired to keep with that kintsugi idea, I would be very surprised if it looked exactly the same, since less variation means less MERCHANDISING!
The part that I’m little less interested in is the description of the new droid. I’m sure it’ll be cute, but with this being the last Skywalker film, I’m hoping we will get a nice sendoff for R2-D2 and C-3PO. Hopefully this new droid won’t get in the way of that.