Ever since the final trailer for Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens dropped, the Internet has been ablaze with theories and speculation. While there are several intriguing moments (including why Luke Skywalker is barely present in the trailers), one of the more curious aspects for me has been Kylo Ren. We know absolutely nothing about him, or what he will be trying to achieve in the movie except for one line of dialogue:
I will finish what you started.
So the big question is: WHO started it, and WHAT did they start?
This dialogue was immediately followed by this shot of Darth Vader's broken helmet. However, it is unclear whether Kylo Ren was referring to him or someone else, as trailers are often made to mislead. For all we know, he could be referring to Emperor Palpatine. Let's take a look at Kylo Ren's possible motives in the movie.
Destruction of the Jedi Along with the Rebels
This is the obvious one. All the speculation and theories might just go down the drain, and Kylo Ren might just be a normal villain, the typical Good vs. Evil battle, etc. The trailers certainly support this idea with Kylo Ren facing off against Finn in a lightsaber duel, gathering armies, and looking threatening (with a seemingly decent control of the Force). It is possible that he is either a Sith master, or a secret apprentice of either Palpatine, Vader, or (controversially) Luke, and is looking to continue their work.
Overthrowing the Emperor
Or, more specifically, the Empire and their new leader. After all, it is safe to assume that Ren is following the footsteps of either Vader, Luke, or Palpatine. Luke was the primary character in Emperor Palpatine's fall, whereas the final blow was dealt by Darth Vader himself, so it is not outside of question.
However, the main difference lies in the methods through which he does that, and it's certainly possible that he is using the Dark Side to overthrow the Empire. On the other hand, his motive could be something quite different. He could be trying to:
Turn Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side
Thats what Vader and the Emperor tried to do in the whole original trilogy. Luke Skywalker is probably the only Jedi remaining in the galaxy, which means that he is the only true rival left. Converting him to the Dark Side would surely make sense, as it would eliminate a threat and make him a powerful ally.
If would also make sense of why he looks like he is in exile; he is not sure that he can trust himself to not turn evil. Or you know, it could be something quite unexpected, like:
Trying to Bring Balance to the Force
The prophecy of the 'Chosen One' has had several different interpretations, which means that several different characters could be vying for the mantle. While some think that it was Vader/Anakin Skywalker who brought balance to the Force (by killing both the Jedi and the Sith, as there were none of them left at the end of Episode 6), others believe that it was Luke, who destroyed the Sith-led Empire (kinda) and brought balance.
The thing is, no one really knows, and it is open for interpretation.
Anakin Skywalker's journey started due to the fact that Qui-Gon Jinn believed he was the Chosen One. Luke's journey started as Obi-Wan and Yoda believed that he was the One. Kylo Ren might be trying to achieve the same thing - be the Chosen One. Which means that we don't exactly know what he will do. As I mentioned previously, the definition is based on individual interpretation.
There's one last possibility, something completely different from everything we have discussed so far. You see, he could be...
Trying to Save His Loved Ones from Dying
In the universally hated prequels, we learned that Anakin Skywalker wished to save his loved ones from dying after he learned that it was possible through Chancellor Palpatine (Darth Sidious). This ultimately influenced his decision to join the Dark Side, setting him on the path to become Darth Vader. Kylo Ren might be trying to do the exact same thing by learning to harness that power (if possible, as it might just have been a trick played by Darth Sidious).
These are all possible scenarios, but there is no way we can determine what is going to happen in the movie. Stay tuned, because [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) hits theaters on December 18, 2015.
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