Many fans have spoken about the significance of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber. Not the fact that it was red (which is obvious) but its callous and unrefined appearance.
Some have pointed out that its rough exterior and “crackling” sound comes from the fact that Kylo Ren didn’t know how to a) create the type of sabre that he was trying to make and b) didn’t know how to bleed the kyber crystal correctly which resulted in its rough appearance. It has also been noted that the kyber crystal he acquired was cracked and therefore, his lightsaber would appear unstable.
I think all of this is correct but I also think there was a more deliberate symbolism relating to his unstable lightsaber. Perhaps like the lightsaber, Kylo Ren was unrefined and extremely unstable so his weapon which was an extension of himself was also unstable.
I think this had more to do with his consistent struggle with the light and dark sides of the force. Even Luke had issues with the dark side but it wasn’t the same. Kylo Ren seemed to be fighting the light side of the force for most of his young adult life and Snoke was consistently testing Kylo Ren’s loyalty to the dark side of the force. This is most apparent in The Last Jedi when Kylo Ren tells Snoke “I’ve given everything I have to you, to the dark side”… but had he really? If Snoke could sense his struggle with the light side of the force, he would have known that Kylo Ren was lying to him about his total and absolute devotion. The light side was always there beckoning to him.
And of course, there was Rey but we’ll leave that topic for another post.
So as a result, perhaps this is why he was unable to complete the building of his lightsaber. Perhaps his tie to the dark side of the force was so incomplete, this uncertainty was mirrored in his weapon. From everything I have read about Force users and their bond with the Force, it makes total sense that he was unable to forge and then wield a completely perfect dark side weapon.
What do you think about this theory? Do you think it’s possible this was a reason why Kylo Ren’s lightsaber was forged the way that it was?
Let me know in the comments, friends and stay safe out there!