When they think of their actions as morally justified, it makes them dangerous and unpredictable. There’s no level they won’t go to to accomplish what they’re after.” — Adam Driver on Kylo Ren
Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi ahead.
Kylo Ren has done some very bad things on his path to becoming Supreme Leader of the First Order. The worst thus far? Driving a lightsaber through his own father, Han Solo’s gut.
“There’s nothing I could think of that is more hideous than patricide”, [director of The Force Awakens] Abrams said to Fandango, “especially when it comes to Han Solo.”
But is Ren, in all his attempts to become as notorious as his grandfather Darth Vader, worthy of the same redemption that the former found? The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson, in an interview with IGN, seems to think so:
“Are you kidding? Vader was worse than Kylo ever was, I think, and Vader got redeemed,” Johnson said. “Also, I should just for the record [say] that I’m not involved in the writing of the next movie. I’m an audience member in it, just like you, so when I talk about what’s going to happen next it’s in the context of, as a fan, what I’m thinking of.”
Was Darth Vader worse than his grandson? Is Kylo Ren worthy of the same redemption arc that Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker found in the original Star Wars trilogy? And if so, will he be forced to atone for all the atrocities he committed under the First Order? Sound off in the comments.