A galaxy far, far away finally has its first openly gay couple. As many fans had suspected, and as had been hinted at strongly, Orka and Flix are in a relationship with one another. The news was confirmed by two of the show's executive producers, Justin Ridge and Brandon Auman. This is, indeed, a major step forward for LGBTQ representation in one of the biggest franchises in the world.

The news broke during a recent podcast appearance. Justin Ridge and Brandon Auman are promoting Star Wars Resistance season 2, which is set to premiere this weekend and will serve as the show's final season. When asked about Orka and Flix, neither of them minced words. "I think it's safe to say they're an item," Ridge said. Auman then chimed in, making sure there was no room for interpretation.

"They're absolutely a gay couple and we're proud of that."

So there we have it. Star Wars has been around since George Lucas first brought the series to audiences in 1977 with what we now know as A New Hope. Despite ten live-action movies and several animated shows under its belt, the franchise had never, until now, featured any openly gay characters. Though, Donald Glover previously stated that his version of Lando Calrissian in Solo was pansexual, but that's about as close as we got to crossing that very important line,

The characters of Orka and Flix are voiced by Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) and Jim Rash (Community), respectively. Fans had long suspected that the two were in a relationship and, as it turns out, the actors had been playing it that way since the very beginning. It just hadn't been officially confirmed by the producers until now. Moynihan, for his part, was relieved that he's finally able to talk about it openly. Here's what he had to say about it, referencing a pretty iconic exchange between Leia and Han from The Empire Strikes Back.

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{quote"Oh, I'm so happy we're allowed to say it. I have had a sentence prepared for a year and a half if someone would finally ask me. I would say, 'All I can say is when Flix says 'I love you,' Orca says 'I know.'"

Star Wars: Resistance season 2 will be leading up close to the events of The Rise of Skywalker and the trailer has shown us that some familiar faces, such as Kylo Ren, will be appearing this season. The show's cancelation came as something of a surprise, but it probably had more to do with the narrative wrapping up, considering where they're at in the timeline already, as opposed to being a reflection of the quality. Star Wars: Resistance returns for its final run of episodes starting on October 6. For more with Justin Ridge and Brandon Auman, check out the latest episode of the Coffee With Kenobi podcast.

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