JWT I’m scared to ship reylo. Don’t get me wrong, I love their dynamic and the reasons are legit but... I’ve seen ships like this before. I’ve seen how they end. Lemme tell ya, it ain’t pretty. Hell, my ex-otp (very similar to reylo btw) crashed and burned like a TIE fighter. One character in the ship had a redemption arc too. And yes it did not end well for them at all. Help me JWT. You seem very optimistic about the end. I wanna join the light, but I’m scared to get hurt again
Yeah, it’s Star Wars, Kylo is the last Skywalker and they want to make more movies in the future. Don’t worry. I think he’ll likely live and he and Rey are Anima/Animus… destined to balance the Force and symbolize a union of the psyche through their balance and formation of a new Jedi Order… that’s my guess anyway. That requires Kylo to live so that he and Rey can set up that new Order together and carry on the lessons they’ve learned through their trials.
It is actually NECESSARY that Kylo fell so far, so that when he returns to the light he is equipped to know how to handle the great well of darkness that comes with the Force. How could he claim to ever know balance if he hadn’t fallen so deep into the darkness he almost drowned in it – and then come out the other side breathless and heaving for air. How can he fully understand the weight of his legacy as a Skywalker without going to that level of darkness? He couldn’t. That’s why Luke failed and Kylo won’t in bringing the balance back.
Kylo is also officially in canon being coded a victim of abuse, and he is an allegory for adolescence. Both of those things require a hopeful ending so that kids who see themselves reflected in that can feel like they, too, have a fighting chance. It’s a movie for kids, guys – this isn’t your typical angsty “enemies-to-lovers” in some GoT edgy, dark story. And, true, Anakin and Padme were tragic… but that’s because they could still end the story on a note of hope through Luke and Leia? Like, we had the OT to look forward to in continuing Anakin’s legacy, so that he could ultimately be redeemed.
I’m honestly not worried, but I realize most people don’t have the patience or interest in learning the intricacies of storywriting and character archetypes that I have. I can’t be 100% positive, but I’m pretty comfortable in my belief that Kylo/Ben will survive the story and that he and Rey will end it together building a new Jedi Order – probably also with the implication that they will eventually start a family and that the new Jedi Order will allow family and love to balance out the “dark” parts of the Force [passion, love, attachments, etc.].
EDIT: The only ones I see saying Kylo “HAS” to die are Americans, by the way. No one outside of America lives for this morally puristic view, tbh. The rest of the world is thoroughly confused why y’all think fictional characters need to pay for crimes like balancing out a bill at a restaurant. It’s metaphorical – it isn’t REAL.