At this point, very little is known about the next chapter of the Skywalker saga, The Last Jedi. However, we do know that the film starts immediately after Rey's encounter with Luke, and will include a larger role for Carrie Fisher than she had in Episode VII.
Although a trailer isn’t due to drop until the spring, #AdamDriver has given fans a small tidbit to chew on until then. While speaking with Larry King, Driver told King that fans can look forward to seeing Kylo Ren’s humanity explored in The Last Jedi, or what little he has left of it:
“I think, I mean this is such a general answer, but you know, humanity. Even though it’s very much a blockbuster movie, and I’m aware of that, there was no taking that for granted in that we were forced to be general.
This is a particularly intriguing answer, given Ben Solo's torment throughout The Force Awakens as he attempts to resists the light side of the force.
"I feel it again, the call to the light" — Ben Solo
Adam Driver also went on to discuss the difference between shooting The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens:
"You know, there were a lot of plot points that we knew were operating in the first one that we get to explain more in the second one that kind of make the both of them make sense."
Driver then addressed the socially active themes in the #StarWars saga, and how this relates to Kylo Ren specifically:
"They do kind of feel kind of socially active to me. In that they’re — this is a long answer, but George Lucas originally — you know a lot of Star Wars was in response to Vietnam and I think a lot of what the, I remember talking to JJ and Ryan with this idea of terrorism and two sides kind of being morally justified to behave however they wanted to to get what they thought was absolutely correct.”
As we saw with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm is doing their best to address the grey areas between light and dark. As far as Kylo Ren’s humanity goes, I don’t think he has much of it left. Some fans have speculated that we’ll eventually see him redeem himself in the final chapter of the new trilogy. However, I don’t think that's possible — and it’s not because he killed his father. It’s what killing his father meant.
"I know what I have to do but I don't if I have the strength to do it, will you help me?" — Ben Solo
The test Kylo was facing when he killed his father was essentially the same test Vader faced in his final confrontation with Luke. It was a test to extinguish the light within himself and commit to the dark side once and for all. Personally, I don’t think there's any coming back from the dark side for Kylo.
What do you guys think? Sound off in the comments below.
Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters December 15, 2017.