The Fate of Kylo Ren: My theory

I know this doesn’t really have anything to do with film music, but this theory has been bouncing around my head for a while and I wanted to share it 🙂

Ever since we saw that shocking twist in The Force Awakens, the Internet has been buzzing with the question: what is going to happen (ultimately) to Kylo Ren, aka Ben Solo? I was initially inclined to believe that Episodes VIII and IX would focus on redeeming Kylo back to the Light side of the Force where he belongs, but the more I thought about it, the less it made sense.

Consider this: Kylo has done what Luke Skywalker and Vader could not, he killed his own father in cold blood. Luke nearly did it at the climax of Return of the Jedi, but after taking Vader’s hand he pulled back from the edge. And in the film before that, Vader could have easily killed Luke, but ultimately he couldn’t do it. Two of the greatest characters in Star Wars history couldn’t commit patricide/filicide, but Kylo Ren did it. And so what I’m thinking is….after killing his own father, is Kylo even redeemable at this point?

The answer, in my opinion, is no. There are some things you just can’t come back from, Kylo has crossed a line and I now firmly believe things are going to end badly for him. And…I think I know how they’re going to do it.

Before the new Star Wars canon post-Return of the Jedi was established, there was a huge collection of books known as the Star Wars Expanded Universe (now referred to as the Legends universe). These books set out the general fates of our heroes and their children and they had many adventures (the Expanded Universe is responsible for such great characters as Grand Admiral Thrawn, Mara Jade (who should still be canon in my opinion), and all the characters introduced in the Jedi Academy trilogy). One of the more interesting stories followed Han and Leia’s children.

In the Expanded Universe, Han and Leia ultimately had three children: twins Jaina and Jacen, and a younger son Anakin. Jaina and Jacen began Jedi training under their uncle Luke and while Jaina went on to become a Jedi Knight, Jacen was tempted and fell to the Dark Side, becoming Darth Caedus. After a long series of events, Jaina ultimately had no choice but to confront and kill her own brother.

Just looking at this summary, it is clear that Kylo is the canon equivalent of Jacen, the son of Han and Leia who has fallen to the Dark Side (though he is not a Sith as yet). And while Kylo has no twin sister (that we know of), I believe that Rey is the canon equivalent of Jaina. Keep in mind, I am NOT saying that Rey is a Solo or a Skywalker, just that she would be fulfilling Jaina’s role. I think that by the end of Episode IX, Rey and Kylo will have one final confrontation that will end with Rey killing the fallen Jedi. I do think it is possible that Kylo will have a last-minute redemption as his grandfather did, but I believe he will die regardless. And wouldn’t it be fitting if it did happen that way? I mean, Kylo wishes to emulate his grandfather in every way, it would make sense if his death matched Vader’s death as well.

This is only a theory, and it could be dead wrong, but given Kylo’s striking similarities to Jacen Solo, I can’t help but wonder how much of his arc will ultimately parallel that character’s.

What do you think will happen to Kylo Ren? Is he redeemable or past the point of no return? Let me know! -Becky

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