Entertainment Weekly provides readers with a pretty comprehensive recap of the dual character Ben Solo/Kylo Ren played by Adam Driver in this article. There are a lot of questions surrounding this character, both past and future-related. We’ve gotten bits and pieces of the story of Ben/Kylo in 2015’s The Force Awakens and 2017’s The Last Jedi with even more details on who he was/is coming later this month in The Rise of Skywalker. But the Sequel Trilogy films only offer a partial understanding of the character – novels and comics expand on the Ben/Kylo narrative beyond the events played out on the silver screen. If you do not follow the Star Wars saga/storylines available in printed form, this piece by EW will assist you in getting up to speed on what we know so far about Ben/Kylo before stepping into the theater to experience Episode IX in a few weeks.
As we head toward the conclusion of the Skywalker saga with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s Dec. 20 release, one of the big unresolved questions is the fate of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Will he, like his grandfather before him, redeem himself and resume his former identity as Ben Solo? Or will he, mask newly reformed, remain on the Dark Side to be defeated by Rey (Daisy Ridley) and the rest of the Resistance?
For such a major character in the series, Kylo remains somewhat mysterious, masked or not. When his parentage was first revealed in The Force Awakens, the biggest question was how exactly did Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford), our heroes of the Rebellion, wind up with this petulant mini-Vader as a son? We saw that Kylo idolized his grandfather but had none of his cool-tempered menace, hacking away at ship consoles with such abandon that you wondered if the First Order had a permanent Kylo Ren repair line in the budget. At first, his brattiness seemed almost comical until he killed his father in a mistaken attempt to drown the light in himself. For anyone who ever thought Leia and Han would be cool parents — and that certainly includes the parentally neglected Rey — Kylo’s presence was a bit of a head-scratcher. How exactly did the former Ben Solo turn into this destructive and emotionally turbocharged Dark Sider?