My question of the day is for Star Wars fans specifically because well, this is a Star Wars blog so yeah. I’ve been all over the internet in search of the fandom answer for this question because I wanted someone to be able to dissuade me from answering that question with a resounding “No” or to at least give me something more than “but he’s so pretty” or “but Reylo” or “but it’s Star Wars”. Truth be told, nothing is set in stone, but I’m also not oblivious to the fact that this is Disney and Star Wars and Lucas made this franchise to include children, their dollies and their pets.
I’ve had this debate with a friend of mine who is a HUGE Bendemption fan in the fandom. We have butted heads a couple of times on this topic because well, she likes to push the whole “but it’s Disney and what is wrong with you and Lucas will NEVER let a story like this end on a bad note”. She’s probably right, but to hell, if I’m going to admit that 🤣 If someone is going to change my mind about this, they need more ammunition and a much MUCH bigger gun to win this argument.
So why do I NOT want the last episode in the Skywalker Saga to end on a good note? I mean there’s a time and a place for finishing things off with fluffy cats, multiple rainbows, parades and unicorns flying overhead. This is the third episode in the ST, and so far we’ve had The Force Awakens (Rey gets powers), The Last Jedi (they murder Luke), and here we are at episode IX without a title (still). So if we take into account the previous episodes, the Resistance is at the end of its tether, and the FO is very close to dominating the entire universe. Does it seem that wrong that they just can’t you know, win? If Rey and Kylo Ren are “two halves of the same hero” like two faces of a coin, then the balance has already been achieved, and it doesn’t really matter if tyranny exists. IF one of them were to kill the other, well, there would no longer be balance in the force. So for equilibrium to exist in the Force, either they both live OR one of them dies and another takes their place, OR they both die. If Ben Solo gets redeemed, there will no longer be balance unless another dark side force user takes his place.
There is, however, one more alternative that I would actually be okay with, and that is if Rey falls to the dark side trying to rectify what is wrong (by attacking Kylo Ren), and Ben stays his hand and chooses not to fight her and in that act, finally comes back to the light. A balance would still be achieved but Rey would be the enemy and Ben would then become the last of the Skywalkers to be a Jedi.
And for me, it is just a little bit too much of a stretch to expect that everyone will just forgive Kylo Ren for the crimes he committed in the First Order’s name; killing innocent people – too many to count, killing his own father, killing a family friend, torturing numerous resistance fighters including Rey and the list goes on. It’s NOT just about Patricide (although that is a huge deal in itself) but multiple instances where Kylo Ren has done something really, really bad. If he was tried in our court system today, they’d throw the book at him. But because it’s Star Wars and Disney, Ben MUST be redeemed or fans everywhere will revolt. Well, I am pretty sure that’s already happened, and those people got laughed out of the fandom. If you look at this entirely out of the SW universe, it seems like a ridiculous thing to even consider let alone want for a character like Kylo Ren.
*EDIT – I read through this again and figured that there would be only one situation that I can think of where Kylo Ren MIGHT be let off the hook and that is if we were to look at his acts in the context of a war. The war between the FO and the Resistance is still a war and people die – however I keep seeing this whole WWII thing where they hunted down war criminals for crimes against humanity namely genocide. Is Kylo Ren as bad as say, Hitler? Probably not but do you think Kylo Ren wouldn’t push the button to destroy an entire planet if it meant winning the war?
PS -> I ADORE Kylo Ren, so if you think this is a post about character hate you’d be wrong 🤣😁