In the wake of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we were still left with many questions yet to be answered in the new Star Wars Trilogy. Now, Adam Driver & JJ Abrams answer one of those questions.
Kylo Ren, named Ben Solo at birth is a character that once you know his family origins you really begin to wonder just how the Daark Side got their grubby, force lightning emitting mitts on him. Even if Darth Vader is your grandfather, surely with Luke Skywalker as your uncle and your parents being Han Solo & General/Princess Leia Organa there’s enough of the Light Side of the Force there to keep you on track right? Right?!
Well, apparently not so, and little Ben Solo went off on a merry little adventure into the darkness to follow in the footsteps of his Grandad and undo all of his uncle’s work on a New Jedi Order in the process. Thanks to Adam Driver who plays Kylo Ren & director JJ Abrams, we get an insight into why Ben Solo turned to the darkness:
“There’s nothing more powerful than genetics. If you really imagine the stakes of him in his youth, having all these special powers and having your parents be absent during that process on their own agendas, equally as selfish,” explains Driver. “He’s lost in the world that he was raised in and feels that he was kind of abandoned by the people he was closest with. He’s angry becaus of that, I think and he has a huge grudge on his shoulders”
Abrams elaborates on this further explaining the the boy was already a target of the Empire/First Order:
“It’s more than just having a bad seed as a kid. Snoke had targetted this kid, and knew this kid was going to be incredibly powerful in the Force and wanted him as an ally. So this mother and father [Leia & Han] had a target for a son, someone was watching their boy, and these parents aren’t there enough to guide him.”
So, there you have it. With Leia as a General in the Resistance, Han no doubt still up to no good, both not having time to give their son the attention and guidance he needed, and then being shipped off to be trained by his uncle, young Ben Solo did not have the kind of childhood that was needed to keep him in the Light Side of the Force. He was an easy target for the influence of Supreme Leader Snoke and the temptations of the Dark Side and thus became Kylo Ren.
Emo Kylo Ren would be proud.