As Kylo Ren, Adam Driver has reduced Ben Solo into a distant memory by killing his father and taking over the remains of the Empire. Yet, the actor feels that his character doesn’t need to try and find redemption. When asked in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Driver was quick to reply, “What does he have to be redeemed for?”
Even for someone who has killed billions, if not more from his attacks from the Starkiller base, that might seem cold but the actor doesn’t feel it is out of line. Is Driver a sociopath? No, he just understands that what Ren is doing might not be thought of as evil. At least, from a certain point of view:
“[Kylo Ren] has a different identity, a different definition of what redemption is. He’s already been redeemed in his story. I don’t think there is a thought of redemption. He doesn’t have an outside lens of the events, you know — you know what I mean? That’s more of an outsider’s view of his world.”
With the character’s origin story being something that won’t go over well with every “Star Wars” fan, it will be curious to see if that is included in the film as well. Understanding the villain’s descent into the dark side due to the manipulation by Snoke could help shed some light as to who exactly Ben Solo is.
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It also might provide a way to see him return to the light before being defeated, or make him completely irredeemable.
We’ve previously learned that much of his story was planned “from the very beginning,” but how much of that will resonate with audiences remains to be seen.
Do you agree with Driver’s view that Kylo Ren has found his own redemption? Will the teachings from his mother win over his heart in the end, or has he finally fully committed to the Dark Side? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
We’ll find out what happens to Kylo Ren and the rest of the cast when ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ is released on December 20th, 2019!