Y’know… I actually genuinely want Kylo Ren to be treated as a main character, I want him to get a similar amount of screentime to the main trio, I want them to really play him up and delve into him. I think he’s a far more interesting villain than Vader ever was, I think he has so much potential to be engaging and interesting and complex
But I don’t… fucking… want that to devolve into a redemption arc? I don’t think that would work for him as a character. People keep comparing him to Prince Zuko and he’s NOTHING LIKE Zuko?? Zuko never brutally tortured anybody (at least not that I can remember lmao), Zuko never murdered an innocent old man, Zuko never had a “killing Han Solo” moment.
I think what Kylo Ren has, which is really special and unique to him, is that “being pulled by the Light” thing. There are so many ways to use that. But even despite his pull to the Light, he pushes himself to do increasingly worse acts in order to stay on the Dark Side. There’s a great internal struggle there. It’s the POLAR OPPOSITE of Anakin’s trajectory.
But he’s done so many awful things at this point that it would feel cheap and shitty to allow him a full redemption. If he redeems himself, it needs to be in death. Star Wars is, at the end of the day, a mythic fairy tale that teaches lessons to kids. What kind of shitty lesson teaches that “you can be a shitty, awful, terrible human being, but as long as you change your mind later, it’ll all be okay!” I’ve known people who think and act like that. They’re not good people.
The ultimate lesson Kylo Ren’s story arc needs to teach is that, even if at the end of the day you turn it around and do one good act, your evil won’t be forgotten. The good inside was there, and it called to you, and you willingly ignored it, and it broke the world around you. You still have the chance to make a difference, but that does not wipe the slate clean. That does not make it better. If you don’t listen to that voice in your head telling you to be kind, to do good things, then you will be remembered for what you are: A fucking asshole