Kylo featured in the most shocking moment of the last film when he killed his father Han Solo – but he wasn’t exactly convincing as a master of pure evil.
Smoke had already expressed his concerns about the outcome of the encounter, even as Kylo insisted that Han meant nothing to him.
Snoke warned him: “Even you, master of The Knights of Ren, have never faced such a test.”
We now know that he was right – so who will Snoke ask him to finish off next? Could it be our favorite local fascist rabble-rouser?
Smoke ordered Hux to bring the wounded and emotionally crushed Kylo to him “so I can complete his training.”
Sith and Dark Side training is unlikely to involve anything pleasant and there are increasing reports that the leader of the Knights of Ren will have to prove his worthiness with more killing and the perfect victim might be right there at hand.
We already know that Kylo will confront Luke and Rey on Ach-To, which will no doubt arouse even more family drama.
It makes sense that he might be ordered to make a more simple kill first, one which we are sure he will wholeheartedly enjoy.
The one major character we know will be with Kylo Ren at some point is Hux, who was also having a pretty bad time at the end of The Force Awakens. Are his days numbered?
The First Order General may be great at giving fascist speeches, but he was already on shaky ground after failing, along with Kylo Ren, to capture BB8 and present the resistance locating Luke.
The spectacular humiliation of the First Order at Starkiller Base when the ice moon was blown up by Han Solo, Chewie, Rey and the Resistance fighters, was potentially another nail in Hux’s coffin.
Snoke is unlikely to forgive him for the loss of such a key weapon and the premature exposure of his plans and sudden vulnerability to the rest of the galaxy.
The opportunity to rid himself of such a liability and test Kylo Ren at the same time would be just the thing to appeal to Snoke.
There is no love lost between the two characters and Kylo is in sore need of some straightforward reinforcement.
Will Hux now serve Snoke better in the moment of his dead than he would alive?
Star Wars VIII The Last Jedi is out on December 15