Warning: large spoilers forward for Star Wars: The Final Jedi! Learn ahead at your individual threat!
Now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has lastly debuted in theaters, it is clear that Kylo Ren has tumbled even additional down the Darkish Facet rabbit gap. Sure, he did take down Supreme Leader Snoke in a second that nearly appeared heroic at first look, however he then rapidly backpedaled and embraced his newfound standing because the chief of The First Order. This has led many to query if the previous Ben Solo is past redemption, however The Final Jedi director Rian Johnson apparently appears to suppose that Kylo might positively be introduced again to the sunshine, contemplating that Darth Vader additionally redeemed himself. In a current interview, Johnson defined:
Are you kidding? Vader was worse than Kylo ever was, I believe, and Vader bought redeemed. Additionally, I ought to only for the report [say] that I am not concerned within the writing of the following film. I am an viewers member in it, similar to you, so once I discuss what is going on to occur subsequent it is within the context of, as a fan, what I am pondering of.
Once we have a look at the Darkish Facet turns for Darth Vader and Kylo Ren, there is a robust case to be made that Vader took issues to a much more evil degree. Primarily serving as an intergalactic analog for Heinrich Himmler, the daddy of Luke Skywalker personally destroyed the complete Jedi order, murdered numerous individuals (together with younglings in Revenge of the Sith), and took his place as Emperor Palpatine’s right-hand man. Kylo Ren’s flip to the Darkish Facet echoes lots of these beats, however a lot of his arc has been outlined by a stronger sense of uncertainty and emotional baggage. Plus, he by no means murdered any younglings (that we all know of).
It is also arguably clear that Kylo Ren might return to the Mild Facet of the power due to the way in which wherein he has modeled himself after Darth Vader. Rian Johnson would not know what the long run holds for the character going into Star Wars: Episode IX, however as a member of the viewers, he appears pretty assured that it is a doable path.
This chance raises questions on how Kylo Ren might probably be redeemed, and which characters within the present Star Wars franchise can save him. Elsewhere in his interview with IGN about the opportunity of Ben Solo returning to the Mild Facet, Rian Johnson made certain to notice that this duty would not (and by no means did) belong to Luke Skywalker. As Luke factors out in movie, he can not personally save Kylo after trying to kill him years earlier; that burden will fall on another person, with Rey serving because the most probably candidate at this stage.