Star Wars: Is Merrin Cal Kestis’ Girlfriend? Relationship Explained

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There were a lot of characters introduced to us during the events of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which is a canon video game that tells the story of the Jedi named Cal Kestis. However, Cal was not alone in his adventure because he had an entire crew of friends and allies that ended up helping him in his mission. One of the most important members of his crew was the Nightsister named Merrin, who was just about the same age as Cal. But is Merrin the girlfriend of Cal Kestis?

Merrin is not Cal Kestis’ girlfriend because there is yet to be anything romantic between the characters, although she found Cal to be an earnest and sweet young man. However, it was also revealed in Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars that Merrin is pansexual, which means that she’s attracted to anyone regardless of gender.

It is important to take note that Merrin was raised under different circumstances, and that means that the way that she viewed relationships isn’t similar to how most cultures view them. In that regard, the relationship of Merrin with Cal isn’t something that could progress into romance due to Merrin’s different way of viewing relationships. Now, let’s talk more about this topic.

Are Merrin And Cal Dating?

The events of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order allowed us to meet new characters that were able to contribute to the canon of Star Wars. One of the characters that we met in Cal Kestis’ journey to find the whereabouts of the Jedi Holocron was Merrin, who was the last remaining Nightsister living on Dathomir, which was the very site of General Grievous’ massacre of the Nightsisters.


In that regard, Merrin became an important part of the storyline due to the fact that she contributed to Cal’s quest and was a very powerful ally due to her ability to use Nightsister magick. It was also the fact that she worked together with Cal on more than a few occasions during the game that people started thinking about the possibility of her and the young Jedi dating. So, is Merrin Cal Kestis’ girlfriend?

During the events of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, there was nothing that indicated that Merrin and Cal were dating or could be romantically involved with one another. Of course, that’s because there was a larger mission that was looming over their heads, and the focus was for them to work together to fulfill Cal’s mission. That means that there was hardly any moment for Cal and Merrin to become involved romantically.


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But there were instances throughout the game wherein Cal and Merrin could have some sort of connection in the romantic sense. That’s because they were actually quite close to one another. Cal was also very open and sweet to Merrin, who thought this openness and sweetness were annoying. Nevertheless, despite thinking that Cal was annoyingly sweet at times, she still saw him as the star that illuminated her shadow due to the fact that he was always quite wholesome in his approach to her.

However, the relationship between Cal and Merrin is rooted in the fact that they are both survivors of their orders. As such, Merrin understands what it means for Cal to be one of the few Jedi left in the galaxy. That’s why she sympathizes with him and his feelings.

But there was never anything in the game that suggests that they could be romantically connected to one another, even though there’s a good chance that there are subtle hints of romance between them. Still, nothing in the game confirms that they are dating or that either Cal or Merrin is romantically attracted to the other.

What Is The Relationship Between Merrin And Cal?

As mentioned, Cal and Merrin were never confirmed to be dating in the game. However, they are allies that care for one another because they are willing to go through harm’s way to protect one another. We know that Merrin sees Cal as an ally and a good friend that she can sympathize with due to their status as survivors. That is why they are just good friends and allies as of this writing.

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However, fans of the ship between Cal and Merrin should also know that it was revealed in the recent Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars novel, which bridges the events of Fallen Order and Survivor, that Merrin could also be interested in other people. Sam Maggs, the author of the book, included a somewhat steamy scene involving Merrin and a female Stormtrooper defector.

In the scenes that were shared in the book, Merrin described the female Stormtrooper defector’s lavender neck, jutting chin and full lips, and eyes as red as the sky over Dathomir’s Rift Valley to be somewhat attractive. However, Maggs also clarified that this doesn’t confirm that Merrin is gay but merely confirms her status as pansexual. Being pansexual means that Merrin is attracted to anyone, regardless of sex and gender.

Of course, this was already hinted at during the events of Fallen Order. If you keep on conversing with Merrin in the game, she will talk about Ilyana to Cal. Ilyana is another Nightsister she thought she’d be with when she was older. That means that Merrin was already attracted to females as early as the time when the other Nightsisters were still alive, around five years before the events of the Fallen Order.


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Merrin’s attraction to any person, regardless of their sex or gender, could be a product of her upbringing as someone who lived with women in an entirely different type of culture her entire life. That means that she doesn’t see relationships in the same way as Cal Kestis and the other characters in the Star Wars galaxy. 

But while fans still want to ship Cal and Merrin, Sam Maggs also said there’s no reason why fans should stop shipping them despite the fact that Merrin is pansexual. That’s because Merrin could still be attracted to Cal because, after all, pansexuality means being attracted to anyone regardless of gender and sex. As such, there’s still a good possibility that Cal and Merrin could end up together during the events of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, which is the next storyline for Kestis and the crew of the Mantis.

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