Why Kylo Ren Turned To The Dark Side According To J.J. Abrams


Major spoilers follow for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, out this week.

Kylo Ren is a somewhat different kind of villain than we've seen in previous Star Wars films.

Not actually a Sith Lord, Ren is prone to outbursts; he's emotional, fanatical and not the calculating, contained kind of darkness represented by Vader and his forbears.

So...what made him that way? If you've seen the film, you know there's a lot of backstory there and it's just begging to be told. But in a nutshell, the film's director spoke briefly on the question.

"Kylo Ren idolizes Darth Vader, not Anakin Skywalker," J.J. Abrams told IGN. He idolizes what Vader represents and what Vader was trying to do. The idea that Vader didn't succeed, if you look at it from Ren's point of view, he was seduced by the enemy and failed because of that seduction. So the idea is that Ren wants to complete the thing that Vader started....The story for him is one of conflict -- not just external conflict, but internal conflict, and it's what makes him, I think, an interesting villain."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18, 2015, kicking off a new trilogy of Saga films as Episodes VIII and IX are already scheduled.

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    • Louis
    • 173 Posts in 31 Months

    I got this from the movie. He is a conflicted character. He feels the good inhimself, but wants to be Vader. It's why he loses to Rey. He's not fully commited, trying to convince himself he's as badass as Vader, but isn't. He can't handle adversity. When an enemy he expects to be a push over holds their ground, he's afraid. I loved his character. I can't wait to see how his backstory is played out. I expect to see him kicked out by Luke for thinking the Jedi should rule, only to come back after receiving training in the dark side to exact revenge.

  1. You know what...while watching it...Ben reminded me a lot of Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, no?

    • Flash187
    • 524 Posts in 29 Months

    Wow. Kylo Ren certainly was the most interesting character for me. He came off the most realistic and genuine. He was conicted, confused, powerful, but yet weak. I cannot wait till his whole history and how he came to be is exolored. This is how Anakin should've been portrayed. But this movie also made me appreciate the other 6movies more. Just a great character and addition to the universe...

    • bigjet
    • 5 Posts in 15 Months

    Good point....thats how anikin shold have been portrayed...not the freakin brat that he was

    • RJW
    • 422 Posts in 23 Months

    But not so conflicted about killing his own father. I don't recall any remorse on his part, and I fail to see how his conflict leads to him losing to an inexperienced Rey. I look forward to the next SW, but this one left a lot to be desired. It's not as good as the original trilogy and in fact the film takes quite a bit from them, to the point that there's another Death Star type weapon and a droid is carrying information that pertains to a Jedi. Thankfully it wasn't plans to the battle station. That said, I like the new characters, the action was good, and BB8 is cute. I still wish they hadn't killed off Han. As for Anakin, this is a different situation. We've never seen Ben before. We first see Anakin as a innocent child.

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