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We've all been going a little crazy over the last few days because of how epic Star Wars: The Force Awakens was, which has raised just as many questions as it answered. While we may have to wait a horrifying 520 days to discover many of these answers, we are fortunate enough to have the glorious J.J. Abrams around to answer one of them for us!

Before I continue, I should state that there will be HUGE SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS BELOW!

So, I know you're all dying to know which of the major questions you are becoming slowly obsessed with has been answered, well in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, J.J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, explained:

Why Kylo Ren Killed Han Solo!


I know it seriously hurt us all when Han was killed at the hands of his son, but it's true...

And we have to move on. But many people were shocked at the choice of Kylo/Ben to kill his father, and fortunately J.J. has finally told us the reasoning behind it! Speaking after a special screening of the film for the Writers Guild of America this weekend, he stated that:

“Star Wars had the greatest villain in cinema history. So, how you bring a new villain into that world is a very tricky thing. We knew we needed to do something f—king bold. The only reason why Kylo Ren has any hope of being a worthy successor is because we lose one of the most beloved characters.”

Which... makes so much sense. Let's face it, Kylo Ren seemed like a powerful villain throughout the film, especially when he stopped the laser shot in mid-air...

But there was always something about him a little bit off. He seemed to take wild, childish tantrums, destroying whole rooms with his lightsaber when a furious rage gripped him. Something that you will notice about well honed Jedi or Sith Warriors is that they have their emotions under control. So it makes sense that Supreme Leader Snoke would summon him back to complete his training, because he certainly isn't ready to take on someone with Rey's power yet!

But there's another good point in what J.J. said, about why the Kylo Ren we saw wasn't already a well honed villain. Firstly, if he was then Han would have realised it was too late to possibly convince him to return to the light side of the force. But secondly, and more importantly, if they had shown us a controlled, super-powered villain, we surely would have called him a Darth Vader rip-off and left it at that. But J.J. wants him to be so much more. He is taking Vader as an idol, which he aspires to, (ironic as the writers aspire for him to be as good a villain as Vader) but he can't start out at that stage. Showing his training, his evolution into a much more deadly villain, is the way to make him more feared and respected as a character, and the development we will see in his story over the next two films is reminiscent of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, in which we see the main villain's backstory take up almost as much screen time as the protagonist!

So we now have the answer as to why Kylo killed Han, and I think we may have a few other answers, but there are plenty more questions I will attempt to answer in the coming weeks, and if you're interested in hearing my answers click on the big blue follow button below!


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