Thanks to Disneyland, which is gearing for the Season of the Force, we finally get a couple of answers regarding the Lightsabers in use in Star Wars The Force Awakens, and they've helped me build a theory about Kylo Ren's true objective...
We have known for a while that the blue bladed Lightsaber we have seen since trailer two is Anakin's Lightsaber, lost by Luke on Bespin during his duel with Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. Well, now we have the first official mention of its recovery.
Potential spoilers in italics.
"Someone salvaged it from the city's (Cloud City) industrial depths." As I understand it we will see the Lightsaber makes it's journey from these depths in a vision of some kind, shared by Maz Kanata, the resulting devastation disturbs Rey (Daisy Ridley) who is revolted by the weapon.
It's worth remembering that Anakin's Lightsaber seems to be cursed, narratively speaking. Consider its uses. The first time it's lit onscreen is by Luke, then his Aunt and Uncle die. The next time it's turned is on the Falcon and immediately after the ship is caught by the Empire. In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke uses it to escape the Wampa and then gets lost in the snow. Han uses it and by the end of the movie is taken by Boba Fett. Luke uses it against Vader and loses a hand. If it's path back to a Skywalker is filled with sorrow, there might be something to the curse theory. Expect Finn to lose an arm in his battle with Kylo Ren!
Speaking of Kylo Ren: we get some detail on his weapon of choice too.
So for nearly a year we've been speculating about this cross bladed Lightsaber, and if you've been listening to the Talk Star Wars PodCast you'll have heard Steve recently mention that he thinks they're exhaust ports and it turns out he was right! The quillons are in fact raw power being vented from the main blade. This is where we really get a look at who Kylo Ren is...
"Kylo Ren's unusual Lightsaber is an ancient design."
We have heard Kylo Ren talking to Darth Vader's helmet about finishing what Vader started. Again, we question what that means on the Talk Star Wars PodCast, because Vader's goal was a little unclear. We know about the prophecy that Anakin would bring balance to the Force, but what does that mean? Well I would suggest that the Force had been perverted over millennia by organised groups such as the Jedi and the Sith, who imposed two very different types of order on the Force.
First the Jedi built rules around the Force, the way they built temples and neatly bladed Lightsabers. The result was a "narrow minded and dogmatic" understanding of the ancient mystical energy. They imposed metrics like mediclorians to track the viability of a potential Jedi, when, in truth, a more "free range" approach should have been taken. Luke grew outside of the Jedi structure and became the most powerful Jedi in history, defeating the Sith and saving his father from the Dark Side without the Jedi teachings, and in opposition to their guidance. Remember what Obi-Wan and Yoda said about facing Vader in Empire, and again about Anakin being lost to the Dark Side? They were both habitually incorrect!
Then there is the Sith, The Sith perverted the use of the Force by imposing the rule of two so the Master could consolidate his power until an insidious apprentice was able to seize power from him. They also had tidy Lightsabers, implying, it would seem now, order. Maybe Kylo Ren's raw and ragged Lightsaber is a sign that Kylo Ren is in touch with a more ancient version of the Force...
Vader's Mission Statement
My guess is Kylo Ren, either knows from some kind of record, or intuits that Vader's goal was a particularly selfish one. Remember in Star Wars Episode III Revenge Of The Sith, Anakin wanted to use the Sith to gain enough knowledge to secure immortality for Padme. He always planned to remove Sidious as soon as possible and make the galaxy what he wanted it to be. Anakin had always struggled within the confines of the Jedi order and broke the dogmatic rules at every turn. Anakin's destiny, the one foretold as a prophecy, was to destroy the Sith and the Jedi and allow a more natural, balanced version of the Force to come into being. This must be Kylo Ren's desire, to see this balance restored.
So is this what the crossguard Lightsaber implies? A more raw, natural, balanced version of the Force. A version free of Sith and Jedi order? Has Kylo Ren set Anakin's Lightsaber in motion in an attempt to follow it back to Luke so he can kill the last of the Jedi and allow his version of the Force to thrive?
I know there's a lot of theorising over a couple of photographs from a theme park, but consider what these things represent narratively and thematically and it seems to make sense. Got a different opinion? Leave your thoughts in the comments below...
Thank you for reading,