Some evidence pointing to Kylo Ren having a redemption arc for @reylorobyn2011. I’m hinging a lot of the stuff toward the end on the death of Han Solo because that is a factor that a lot of people contend with regarding the possibility of Kylo being redeemed.
The latest spinoff book for TFA says that Ben Solo was influenced by the dark side in utero. So there’s that. It wasn’t entirely his choice.
“There is still light in him, I know it” line from Leia in The Force Awakens parallels Padmé and Luke talking about Anakin/Vader who did eventually get redemption–“There is still good in him” in Episode III “There is still good in him”/“There is still good in you” in Episode VI.
Adam Driver is quoted as saying “Humanity” in answer to the question, “What’s one aspect of Kylo Ren you’re excited for fans to see in the next film?” on the Larry King show and then followed it up by explaining that there are things that are going to be explained in Episode VIII that they were only operating under the assumption of in Episode VII.
The Star Wars Databank updated Kylo Ren and Rey’s biographies to say some interesting things about him–
There is a lot of talk about his “emotional pain” as well as “conflicts and doubts.”
It is worth noting in the latter case the word choice since Luke at one point said to his father, “I feel the conflict within you” in Episode VI.
The word “conflict” is used again when it talks about Kylo killing Han–he “suppresses his conflicted emotions.”
Rey senses that Kylo Ren is “vulnerable” and “filled with conflict and pain.”
In terms of pain, another recurring word next to conflict, Kylo himself references it–“I am being torn apart. I want to be free of this pain.” Kylo Ren uses his pain to fuel his Force powers, both emotionally and physically (see: how he beats his own wounds) but the chronic hurting is something he wants to stop and that’s why he kills Han, aside from, of course, Snoke telling him to and the fact that he thinks that it’s “too late” for him to come home.
It is worth noting that J.J. Abrams had this to say in his DVD commentary for The Force Awakens concerning Kylo killing Han Solo: “And I think, the instant that he’s done it, he regrets it.”
Han forgives Kylo for killing him in the junior novelization and hopes that “his son could one day forgive him in turn,” thinks of him as “Ben” rather than “Kylo Ren” once he takes his mask off, and there are continual references to how “sad” his eyes are.
In the script for The Force Awakens, it says: “Kylo Ren is somehow WEAKENED by this wicked act. Himself horrified. His SHOCK is broken only when – CHEWIE CRIES OUT IN AGONY!”
So, yeah, this face that Kylo makes after killing Han is one of supreme regret. It’s his “What have I done?” face.
When asked to describe my favorite movie horribly...
A WW2 vet has trouble adjusting to the ways of modern life on his own, so he decides to make a new pal because he thinks his old pal is dead and he’s feeling a bit lonely. He stalks the new guy during his morning run until he finally makes him fall to the ground in a heap of exhaustion, deciding that it’s easier to just be this really hot guy’s friend than to try to outrun him. Hilarity and near-death ensue with the help of a spunky, killer red head and a wannabe pirate who thinks they should start painting floor numbers on the outside of buildings.
“Barracuda” - Heart || “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” - Eurythmics ft. Aretha Franklin || “X Offender” - Blondie || “I Might Have Been Queen” - Tina Turner || “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” - Pat Benatar || “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” - Cyndi Lauper || “Women is Losers” - Janis Joplin || “Bad Reputation” - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts || “You’re So Vain” - Carly Simon || “You Oughta Know” - Alanis Morissette || “Hound Dog” - Big Mama Thornton || “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” - Joan Baez || “Dreams” - Fleetwood Mac || “Rebel Girl” - Bikini Kill || “Gloria: In Excelsis Deo” - Patti Smith