Luke’s Chosen One
“[Luke] made a huge mistake in thinking that his nephew was the chosen one, so he invested everything he had in Kylo, much like Obi-Wan did with my character,” Hamill says. “And he is betrayed, with tragic consequences. Luke feels responsible for that. That’s the primary obstacle he has to rejoining the world and his place in the Jedi hierarchy, you know? It’s that guilt, that feeling that it’s his fault, that he didn’t detect the darkness in him until it was too late.” - EW TLJ Article
Okay so the first time I saw this comment and read chosen one, like everyone else I thought he means THE Chosen One like in the prophecy.
And my first reaction was umm.. doesn’t he mean, he thought Kylo/Ben was the chosen one, and he invested everything in him much like Obi-Wan did in ANAKIN?
hmm.. I mulled upon it, then I realized what if he didn’t mean what we thought he means by chosen one from the prophecy(who will bring balance to the force) rather the chosen one for him. Then the rest of the statement started to make sense to me.
so he invested everything he had in Kylo, much like Obi-Wan did with my character,…”
So, if you think about it the chosen was wasn’t the important part of the statement it was what followed. He invested everything in Ben/Kylo much like Obi-Wan or should be say Ben Kenobi did in Luke. After Luke was born, he left his old life behind and invested rest of his years to protect and someday train Young Luke. That became the purpose of his life.
If you read the Kenobi Journals you’d see numerous adventure of Ben Kenobi, the fallen knight. And at the end of the day he’d come and look at the little farm boy with world of potential, growing up unaware of the danger he was in, or his silent protector and guardian angel.
Marvel/’Star Wars #7 ^^
So when Mark compared his relationship with his nephew he probably meant this ^^
He probably invested his whole life to create a Jedi order and Ben was his first or most valued pupil. We all know Ben Solo is extremely gifted in the force and he unlike his Uncle and Grandfather before him, showed the potential early on. And when his parents sent him to Luke, the Jedi master probably made him his main priority.
(Speculation from here on…)
But it probably put a lot of pressure on the young, vulnerable boy, who was plagued by a monster in his head, and a darkness slowly consuming him.
Luke probably only saw the light and forbid the Darkness, much like the Jedi that trained him or the ones before them did(with Anakin). And ignoring or not addressing it lead to Ben Solo’s eventual fall.That’s why he feels the guilt.
“…It’s that guilt, that feeling that it’s his fault, that he didn’t detect the darkness in him until it was too late.”
Now like Mark said, this is the main obstacle that keeping him away from rejoining the fight and taking Rey under his wing. He failed once, he doesn’t think he could bear another failure of that magnitude.
“…That’s the primary obstacle he has to rejoining the world and his place in the Jedi hierarchy, you know?..”
(I’m sure a lot of people have discussed this already. And Rey and Luke is not my focus today.)
So what I am trying say here is Ben was the chosen on for Luke, not the chosen on in general, at least from what we can decipher from that Quote. He probably thought Ben was going to be what Luke was to his old master. The hope, the way to start and continue the new Jedi Order. Maybe one day he would take over from him and continue Luke’s legacy. And in doing so he put too much pressure on the boy and he snapped. And that ended “…with tragic consequences.”
And now he is probably mulling on his decision to continue the Jedi way, it failed and he had time to think in the past… and he now believes “It’s time for for the Jedi to end.” And probably with Rey he can start anew, or start something different.
Nevertheless, **Head canon alert**, even thought I don’t think Luke thought Ben was the chosen one, but as Rian said, Kylo Ren and Rey: Two halves of the dark and the light. And it can only mean together they will bring bring balance.
Rey + Kylo = Light + Dark = Balance = Chosen One(s)
So in a way he is A chosen one not THE Chosen one. (Pure undulated Speculation)