Warning!!!! There will be Episode 7 Spoilers in contained in this article. (But seriously, it's been year now.)
Kylo Ren stormed on to the silver screen in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, but many questioned his dominance as the new trilogy's villain. Many saw the movie and confessed they didn't enjoy watching Kylo develop over the course of the TFA, mainly due to his lack of self control and immaturity with his force powers. He seemed to let his emotions get the best of him, causing outbursts of anger, and showing the little amount of training he has had up to this point. The more important question is not how he lost control, but what will happen when he realizes the extent of his powers? How will he react, and will he turn back to the light side?
Kylo Ren was the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia, while this also means he is the Grandson of Darth Vader. We know that he was in the midst of training with Luke Skywalker when he went rogue (pun intended) when he came into contact with Supreme Leader Snoke. Despite the attempts to bring him back to the light, Skywalker failed and Ren became the apprentice of Snoke and began working with the First Order. What has yet to be revealed however, is why Ben Solo turned against the light side and became Snoke's pupil under the First Order? Or how they came into contact before Episode VII? Also WHO is Snoke and why is he so powerful?
While Ben Solo is no longer himself and has taken on the name Kylo Ren, we know he is incredibly powerful. Within the first five minutes of the film, we see the extent of his powers when he uses the force to halt a laser shot
Throughout the movie, we start seeing how immature Kylo can be. He lets his anger get the best of him when a droid he is after escapes and a soldier from The First Order breaks the bad news to him. He lashes out and nearly kills the man relaying the message.
So What Does All This Mean?
In short, we're still not sure about much of Kylo Ren's past, nor about his future. We just know the basics; he's a young man with a gift who is still learning about those gifts and wants to be more powerful than his original master: Luke SkyWalker. Supreme Leader Snoke somehow convinced Ben Solo to become part of The First Order (or maybe it was Ben that made the first move and begged Snoke to train him, we don't quite know all the information yet).
To understand how Kylo drove down the dark path, first we must understand who Supreme Leader Snoke is and where did he came from?
Many have theorized that he's not a new character, but he was a character that has changed from the original 1970's Trilogy, but that has since been falsified. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Serkis stated that Snoke was a new character:
“No, he’s a new character in this universe. It is very much a newly-introduced character,” Serkis says. “He’s aware of what’s gone on, in the respect that he has been around and is aware of prior events. I think it’d be fair to say that he is aware of the past to a great degree.”
Others have theorized that Darth Vader has been reincarnated as Snoke due to the scars located in the same spot.
The other thing that was confirmed was his size. Fans had a theory that he was just bigger to show his strength while talking to Kylo and his soldiers in The First Order, but turns out, he's just that big:
“No, no,” [Andy Serkis] says. “The scale of him, for instance, is one reason. He is large. He appears tall. And also just the facial design – you couldn’t have gotten there with prosthetics. It’s too extreme. Without giving too much away at this point, he has a very distinctive, idiosyncratic bone structure and facial structure. You could never have done it [in real life.]”
Check out some more Kylo Ren articles:
- We Finally Have One Kylo Ren Mystery Solved From 'Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens'
- Star Wars 8: Could Kylo Ren Resurrect The Sith?
- It Seems Kylo Ren Might Still Technically Be A Jedi
Has Kylo Ren Gone Too Far To The Dark Side?
Ever since Kylo Ren killed his father Han Solo, I don't believe there is hope for him to come back to the light side. What was so good about that scene was the contrast of light and dark over his face while his father was trying to bring his son home.
By killing his father, he chose the path of Sith Lord that he is currently on. He asserted himself into a role that he can't change anymore.
Not only have fans thought of many theories, one in particular stood out to me. The YouTube Channel Star Wars Minute took some backstory and lore and decided to comment on one particular scene that stood out to me in the film. They commented about the part in the end where Ren is hitting his wounds believing somehow it will help him be more focused, driven, and assertive. I thought this was interesting mainly because of the dialogue that was happening during the film.
He's fighting Finn, a young Storm Trooper who has no formal Jedi training, and seemingly just barely overpowering him. He's arrogant, he's not making wise choices, and he's frustrated, three things a trained Jedi should never let happen during a fight. He has no respect for his enemies, mainly because in an essence he's the only Jedi that's left in the universe (Luke's whereabouts are still unknown at this point in the film).
What makes Kylo Ren such an interesting character is his room for growth. Look at the growth that Luke had from A New Hope to Return of the Jedi. He went from a growing teenager to a boneified Jedi in only seven and a half hours of film. Kylo has so much room to grow not only as a Jedi, but as a character.
Which is what makes him so great.
This young character seemingly will be the next great villain; although nothing will ever compare to Darth Vader and his entrance in Episode 4, but J.J Abrams and the crew created a great young cast and I'm ready to see where the next two movies go. Turns out, we don't know much about the next film and have much to learn about this new universe of diverse characters.