ByIan M. Simpson, writer at
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Ian M. Simpson

The release date for Star Wars: Episode 7 - The Force Awakens is now less than two months away, but many details are still veiled in shadow. What we do know is that the plot is still going to center around the Skywalker lineage, with the characters of Finn and Rey possibly children of Princess (now Queen) Leia and Han Solo.

There have been rumors pointing towards John Boyega's Finn becoming some long lost product of one of Han Solo's romantic affairs. Not to mention Daisy Ridley's Rey bears a striking resemblance to a young Carrie Fisher. Therefore, it is entirely possible that at least one, if not both, of these main protagonists carry Skywalker blood.

Han Solo, Finn, and Rey.
Han Solo, Finn, and Rey.

But what about our antagonist, the mysterious Kylo Ren? All the official Star Wars databank says about the character is that he is strong with the Force, and he commands the army of the First Order, which is basically the new and improved Galactic Empire.

What we do know about this elusive character, is that Kylo Ren is not his real name. In fact, his surname, Ren, is very similar to the title of Darth in the original Star Wars movies. Kylo Ren is actually a member of the Knights of Ren, an order which gave him the name we know him by. That means his real name is different, and it's one we might know.

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren
Adam Driver as Kylo Ren

I take my inspiration for this theory from the Star Wars expanded universe, in the books that take place after the events of Return of the Jedi. In the books, which are sadly no longer canon, Han and Leia have three kids: a younger son named Anakin Solo, and a twin brother and sister pair named Jacen and Jaina Solo.

In the tragic book series Legacy of the Force, Jacen falls victim to the Dark Side of the Force and becomes known as the feared Darth Caedus. After a fated battle, Jacen was killed by his own twin sister, who walked away from serious wounds after the battle.

The battle of Jacen and Jaina Solo.
The battle of Jacen and Jaina Solo.

Now the events of those books in no way solidifies Ren's connection to the Skywalkers, but think about it. Kylo Ren's true identity has been kept hidden from us, as have the last names of both Finn and Rey. If the rumors are true and Rey is actually the true-born daughter of Han and Leia, then she would practically be the film's equivalent of Jaina Solo. That would leave the door open for a Jacen-like character that Kylo Ren could easily be.

According to Cinemablend, a report from MarketSaw states:

"ultimately [it's] about twins, and which will take a path towards darkness and which will follow in their fathers footsteps."

Take that quote with a grain of salt, as it is not verified to be 100% true. It could just be another tumor, but think about what it implies. Director J.J. Abrams could be telling the story of Jacen and Jaina in the form of these new characters.

This theory could explain why Kylo Ren has such a fascination with Darth Vader's mask, and why Ren was able to construct his own lightsaber. In Star Wars lore, lightsaber construction is taught to Jedi-in-training. So if Kylo Ren is really the son of Han and Leia, he was probably raised around Luke, giving him the necessary training to construct his lightsaber.

Put simply: if Kylo Ren is the son of the Solos, then he has Skywalker blood in his veins, which would account for his strong prowess in the Force. But hey, we're just going to have to wait until December to find out.

The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th!



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