He is space royalty and she is a desert warrior. Also, he had visions of her before they met. His mother was a member of the Bene-Gesserit, a powerful religious order centered around awareness and self-control. She was also secretly the daughter of the Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, the villain of the story. Paul eventually becomes emperor and has awesome psychic twins with Chani.
Also, fun fact: Max Von Sydow who played Lor San Tekka in episode 7 (who is killed by Kylo Ren):
I gave in to the siren song of Dune and was dashed upon the rocks like so many concept artists before me. There just isn’t time to render these, but I’m reasonably pleased with the line-work, so here they are!
Some context: I fell into a Dune-hole recently which started by stumbling across the INCREDIBLE art from what would have been Jodorowsky’s Dune film. That inspired me to re-watch the David Lynch movie again (one of my favorites). At that point, I had to read the book again. In the middle of my read-through, I watched a couple Tarsem Singh movies and my brain made a connection that I couldn’t shake loose:
I want a 4 hour Dune movie designed by Tarsem Singh’s crew (production designer, art director, costume designer, cinematographer, etc…)
So, in order to get that thought out of my brain, I took a clumsy swing at designing the cast of Dune through the lens of Tarsem Singh’s crew. To me, that meant making each character an operatic or theatrical expression of their role in the story. Visual storytelling cranked to eleven.
Do you ever think about the comparisons between Kylo and Alia from Dune? I sure have.
That is great observation!
Like Ben, Alia is also a “super being” of sorts, with great powers given to her in her mothers womb, when her mother, the Lady Jessica took the place of the Fremen’s Reverend Mother and ingested the Water of Life.
The Bene Gesserit consider her an “abomination.” Her mother and brother essentially left her with powers and responsibilities she had no true understanding of, and no support, so she was corrupted and possessed by her Grandfather soul, the Baron Harkonnen whom she killed as a child.
Of course “Dune” is very much modeled upon Medieval themes and traditions, so marriages are alliances, and everything is political, pragmatic, and about “the family.”
Leia and Han were not quite as bad, but I have often said, Leia is ironically, quite a bit like Anakin with that sense of legacy, dogged determination and stubborn refusal to adhere to the rules, so family took a back seat, (at least inadvertently), and Han was a fish out of water. I think in Bloodline, it alluded to his discomfort in her world, and that he felt like he was a hindrance to her, so I think he thought he was doing her a favor by leaving.
But, I also think that deep down inside, he WAS scared of his son to some degree, hence his inner monologue in the novelization that he hoped his son would forgive him someday which leads one to believe that he knows he abandoned Ben.
In terms of Alia Atreides, her life and ending was so tragic that I hope Ben gets a break and her fate would not be his, and I think he will.
“Dune” and “Game of Thrones” have very similar themes, detail and attention to the characters that drew me to both works. I respect both Martin’s and Herbert’s ability to literally build entire lands, worlds, Houses and fully developed characters, though some might say Martin has TOO much and TOO many, which takes awhile, (“still waiting on Winds of Winter, George”).
However, both “Dune” and “Game of Thrones,” are dark, (though Martin promises a bittersweet ending for GOT), whereas Star Wars is a story that is,
as Kathleen Kennedy said, “asirational” and espouses “hope,” so I have HOPE that the Skywalkers will catch a break, at least until the NEXT generation,(cough BeRey babies)…….
Then they can come back and start stirring up the galaxy again.
The Chessmaster is very simple in concept, but ends up being one of the most difficult characters to do right. This is because they are heavily reliant on the author having the firmest grasp they can on the inner workings of the societies in their setting both social, military, and political. They need a firm grasp on the actual landscape of the setting such as where the mountains are, what towns are situated where, maps, and such. They need an understanding of scope. Most importantly, they have to be able to keep an eye on the bigger picture.