Kylo Ren’s Redemption: Bringing Balance To The Force

Kylo Ren and Rey
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We actually don’t know all that much about Kylo Ren’s backstory. But we know a few things. Ben Solo was likely spared of any significant hardships growing up. He was the son of the revered Leia Organa and war hero Han Solo, and the nephew of famed Jedi Knight, Luke Skywalker. He was a child of notoriety. Throughout The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, it is apparent that he has not mastered control of the dark side. Also, he is continually indecisive and tempted to return to the light. Just as Luke saw the good in Vader, Rey sees the good in Kylo and is confident that she can turn him back.


While I’m not sure this is how it will play out, I have a theory that makes Kylo Ren’s redemption much more plausible. I am holding out hope that Rey is Han and Leia’s daughter, thought to be killed in the razing of Luke’s Jedi training grounds. In this scenario, Rey would have been Kylo’s little sister, likely at the Jedi academy with him. If he was ordered to kill everyone, he would have struggled killing his little sister. I think he led everyone to believe that he killed them all, including Rey, and instead stashed her on the most out of the way planet he could think of: Jakku.

What makes this narrative compelling is the scene when Kylo Ren explodes into a rage of fury when the chase for the lost map brings him back to Jakku. When the first order officer reports that a girl helped Fin and BB-8 escape, his worst fears are realized. Despite his best efforts, his sister has come out from hiding. In order to keep her safe, his only option is to partner with her, and train her, so together they can defeat Snoke.

Rey and Kylo Ren, brother and sister, will eventually restore balance to the force. Rey will help redeem Kylo Ren, but not by bringing him to the light. Luke strived and failed to restore balance by completely defeating the dark side. Rey and Ren will restore the ancient balance of the light and the dark that the Jedi over millennia have forgotten. In homage to the family line that restored the long-lost balance, the new force wielders to rise will be called “Skywalkers.”

What are your theories about The Rise Of Skywalker? Will Kylo Ren overcome the dark side? Tell us in the comments.