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Seeing that Darth Vader was able to redeem himself by the end of Return of the Jedi, a lot of fans have been seeking redemption (or rather ‘Bendemption’) for Kylo Ren in the Sequel Trilogy. In Adam Driver’s opinion though, Kylo Ren doesn’t think he needs saving.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Driver explains:
“[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.”
Though Kylo doesn’t think he needs redemption himself, I still think it’s possible that we could see a change in his character by the end of the film. What’s interesting is, Vader kind of knew that he was on a dark path; Kylo thinks there’s nothing wrong with his actions—especially now that there’s no Snoke to get in his way as Supreme Leader.
I have to say, I am loving the Sequel Trilogy. Though I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Force Awakens, I loved the new characters, and I especially loved how The Last Jedi was able to turn all of the Star Wars tropes on its head. I hope J.J. Abrams will try something more adventurous and bold when it comes to the end of the Skywalker Saga.
Catch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker when it hits theaters Dec. 20.