Recently, a fan theory has been going around that Kylo Ren has acted as an agent of the light side of the force, submerging himself in the Dark Side in order to destroy it from within. This theory may have some weight to it, though it’s certainly a tad difficult to get behind at first considering just all the heinous acts that Ren pulls throughout the duration of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Kylo Ren may not quite be the villain that Darth Vader was, but he did a decent job of walking in his footsteps, of that we can be sure. However, were all of these acts simply a long con? Is Ren biding his time in order to take a swing at his Master and put an end to the dark side once and for all?
Kylo Ren is the biggest Darth Vader fanboy you could possibly ask for, and it seems that he’s modeled every aspect of his appearance and character after him. He longs to accomplish what Vader could not, but what if he’s been referring to Vader’s original desire to destroy the dark side as a young Anakin Skywalker? To be sure, Kylo has done some irredeemable stuff and I believe there’s no way that he isn’t deeply entrenched in the dark side of the force, but perhaps this has all been a means to an end. Maybe Ben Solo believes that the only way to truly smash the Empire and kill Supreme Leader Snoke is to get his own hands dirty? To become as powerful as possible in a side of the force which he finds more manageable.
Don’t get me wrong here, I think that Ben Solo totally hates his dad Han, that seems fairly apparent. When all is said and done, Han and Leia’s relationship was always the tale of doomed star crossed lovers, with their two worlds being far too different to ever co-exist. Han was always going to be a free spirit, opting to smuggle rather than settle, while Leia was always going to dedicate herself to the public. This doesn’t make for stable environment to raise children and Ben could have certainly felt the effects of this, being led into the path of a Jedi once his connection to the force became more prevalent. Imagine finding yourself in that position, taken from a mother and father who weren’t exactly creating the best home to begin with. This all adds ammunition to why Ben would see Han as an “acceptable loss”.
This made Ben’s decision to take out his father all the easier, but he may never have forgotten his original plan to assassinate Snoke. Considering Snoke’s grandiose appearance through holograms, you have to wonder if Ben has ever actually been in the physical presence of the colossus. Perhaps he’s been biding his time for this confrontation, finally gaining the opportunity after ending Han’s life. Again, I think that Kylo Ren is certainly a Sith in training, but his final goal could be much different than we had originally thought. Kylo may hate everything about the force itself, making a mad dash to destroy all of it, and this plan could certainly work considering the steps he’s taken. We’ll have to wait and see in 2017 when Episode 8 drops in May of that year.