A Kylo Ren Theory
One of the things that I find very interesting about the current Star Wars canon is that, unlike Anakin before him, we still have no idea why Kylo Ren fell.
I think it’s fair to say that it probably wasn’t about family, given how the movie proceeds. (Even if he was far enough gone to lash out and kill like Vader was, I’d expect some kind of indignant “I DID THIS FOR YOU”, if family had been his reason.)
The only clues we have so far is him begging to be shown the power of the Dark Side again, and the vague promises from Snoke.
Brainwashing has been ruled out, by both creator comments and Bloodlines. Kylo Ren was a grown adult before he fell, with no clear indication of a connection to Snoke at that point in his life.
So why did he fall? More importantly, why not tell us? If Kylo were meant to be redeemed for example, or even if not, it would humanize him to show us the reason why. If it was for a sympathetic reason, it’d be seed for redemption or tragedy. if it was for a monstrous reason, well, we’d appreciate that too.
But nothing, we don’t even get a hint beyond Snoke maybe talking to Kylo as a kid.
It’s a weird sort of silence. Kind of like the weird silence regarding Luke’s whereabouts between ROTJ and TFA.
So, I kind of have a theory. Now this theory relies on the assumption that Rey Skywalker is true. So if you don’t buy that theory, you won’t buy this one.