Kylo Ren’s internal struggle didn’t end with Han Solo’s death, at least according to the director. While speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Rian Johnson discussed how Kylo Ren has developed since he killed his father in The Force Awakens, and apparently the character will only grow darker in The Last Jedi.
“He’s definitely been knocked off base. The defeat that he had at the end of The Force Awakens, but even bigger than that, his huge defining act which, spoiler alert, is the murder of his father… That’s the more interesting thing to dive into. How has he dealt with that in his head? Where is he at in terms of that act and what does that mean for him?”
Johnson then went on to discuss how Kylo Ren’s turn to the dark side symbolises the journey through adolescence that we all must face.
“Kylo represents kind of the rebellious anger that you feel during that period. Honestly, sometimes it’s a healthy desire to push away from the place that you know, from the things that you came from. But he obviously does it in an extreme that’s not healthy at all.”
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