There has been much debate about will Luke die, will Rey turn bad and is Kylo Ben a good guy. Well, no, possibly and yes are the answers. However, whilst Tweeting about @TalkStarWars latest poll I came up with a new theory. What if Kylo Ben and Luke are in this together? No, don’t laugh, hear me out here.
Now, I think that Ben Solo is still with us, I have said as much before. I am firmly of the opinion that he is trying to defeat Snoke. He needs Snoke to trust him enough to train him to be the very best he can be. But to do this he needs to trust him entirely. He needs to be Kylo Ren, the man who killed his own father. The Dark Side is a place of distrust and deceit. We may or may not be dealing with Sith or a variant of them. There was always two. That was the rule. There was always infighting and murder, I mean, if you can’t trust a Sith Lord who can you trust?
So we know that Snoke is old, like really old. He saw the Sith rise and fall and the Empire do the same. So he knows full well you can’t trust a Dark Side user. So to get close to him you have to really do something special to earn his trust. Like, kill your own father in cold blood. Not only in cold blood, but out on a bridge for all to see. I think that Kylo Ren almost certainly knew that Han was a few feet behind him on Starkiller base and he drew him out for all to witness what he had to do.
But I digress. Where were we? Oh yes, Luke. Now Luke was training a new generation of Jedi. Youngsters strong with the Force. I will not go into any blood tests here, let’s keep it mystic. The energy that surrounds us and binds the galaxy together. That’s what the Force is. Not that M word. What if among those children was a young girl, let’s call her Rey. The most powerful Force user was supposed to have been Anakin Skywalker. A child created by the Force. What if the same happened again? Another child was created by the Force to bring about the balance needed. There needs to be both Light and Dark. What if there was too much light? All the good Jedi that Luke was creating were causing an imbalance in the Force. So the Force fixed things by making a new, super strong Force user. Rey.
When you watch The Force Awakens knowing that Rey is strong in the Force you can see she has been using it her entire life. She has an amazing gift. Better than we saw in Anakin in the Phantom Menace, better than we saw in Luke in A New Hope. She is possibly the most powerful Force user yet. And she is fragile. As much as we lover her, we can see she has hate in her, anger in her and fear in her. Where does that lead us?
Imagine you are Luke and you have this young child with you. You will know the story of Anakin, of how he had no father. And there you have a girl exactly the same, with amazing powers. He would know how very dangerous a person like that can be if led to the Dark Side. With the First Order rising under the leadership of Snoke, a strong Dark Side user, would it not be prudent to hide her away, much like was done to Luke himself. To hide her immense power from Snoke to avoid him turning her to the dark Side.
And this is where Luke and Ben Solo hide her away. In Reys Force vision the new generation of Jedi were wiped out, we assume by the Knights of Ren. But also we see Kylo Ren save Rey from a fatal blow. Did he save her, hide her away on a desert planet where nobody would ever look for her? Snoke is shocked by her awakening, suddenly he feels her power. That is what they may have hidden her away for, because now that Snoke knows of her he wants to train her himself.
Did Luke and Ben hatch a plan together. For Luke to go into hiding and for Ben to become Ren to gain the trust of Snoke. Does Kylo Ren need more training in ways that Luke does not know, that he can only gain from Snoke? To get this training he needs to complete his journey to the Dark Side, at least as far as Snoke can see.
People have said that Kylo Ren could not possibly come back from the things he has done. I am not sure if anyone else remembers a character called Darth Vader. Pretty much the most evil bad guy, like, ever. He killed good guys and bad. If you stood in his way, Force choke. If you came out of light speed in the wrong place, Force choke, if you give him cold steak from catering, Force choke. Generally, a mean guy. But still he was redeemed. Everybody forgave him for decades of evil for one final act of good. The same guy who slaughtered all the younglings in Revenge of the Sith just needs to kill the Emperor and suddenly he is a sweet old man smiley Force Ghost. Kylo Ren killed Han Solo, Dath Vader killed Obi-Wan. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility for him to have redemption.
Rey, sweet, lovely Rey. She’s got a bit of a temper on her hasn’t she. You see it pretty early on. BB-8 says that Finn is wearing Poe’s jacket. So in an act of aggression and rage she chases down Finn and beats him up. Not so sweet now when you look back and think on it is it? When Ren is trying to interrogate her, she turns it back on him. She enjoys his fear, almost like she is feeding on it. When she is escaping the ruins of Maz’s castle she is terrified and also furious, you can see the anger in her as she tries to shoot Ren. Then, in the finale on Starkiller base you can see the fury in her eyes as she battles Ren, she wants to kill him for what he has done. She is there to be turned.
Could we get a big Duel of Fates battle? I would say so, but just not the way you think. I think that Rey could be turned by Snoke and become the most powerful Force user ever. So powerful that even Luke could not defeat her, not without the help of his nephew, Ben Solo. Keeping her away from Snoke will fail. Snoke will turn her, I think she may even turn on him and kill him. Then it would be down to Luke and Solo to defeat her. Luke and Solo, still sounds great doesn’t it.
Oh, and the picture of Leia has nothing to do with my theory, its just a damn good picture!