It's official: the DVD edition of [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) will include deleted scenes (which honestly, was pretty much inevitable). Thanks to the novelisation, which was completed before the final cut of Star Wars 7, we already know a lot about these deleted scenes, so some of the biggest unanswered questions about Kylo Ren have already been revealed...
Spoiler warning: because the info in the deleted scenes might be used in Episode 8, this is even more spoilery than usual. Continue at your own risk!
Star Wars has an interesting history with deleted scenes. A New Hope erased all the female X-Wing pilots, as well as Luke's childhood friend Biggs Darklighter. Revenge Of The Sith originally had Padme setting up the Rebellion with Bail Organa. Understandably, fans were annoyed with these omissions, so were The Force Awakens' deleted scenes also vital to the plot?
Kylo Ren's Family Issues
One of the biggest unanswered questions of Star Wars 7 was why Kylo Ren was determined to follow in Darth Vader's footsteps. As we all know, Darth Vader was redeemed thanks to Luke Skywalker's efforts in Return Of The Jedi. So how could Ben Solo, after being taught by his mother and uncle about his grandfather's story, idolise the Dark Side?
Well, it seems as though Supreme Leader Snoke had a lot to do with this, the sneaky bastard.
In an extended version of the discussion between Snoke and Kylo Ren, the enigmatic leader shares his opinion on the reason the Empire fell. According to Snoke, it was because of Darth Vader's love for his son (and daughter). Although being deleted from the movie, the scene appears in the novel...
"It was neither poor strategy nor arrogance that brought down the Empire. You know too well what did."
Ren nodded once. "Sentiment."
"Yes. Had Lord Vader not succumbed to emotion at the crucial moment—had the father killed the son—the Empire would have prevailed. And there would be no threat of Skywalker’s return today."
So it seems as though Kylo Ren is obsessed with Darth Vader even despite his ultimate return to the Light Side, and this actually gives us a reason for Kylo Ren killing his father...
In all likelihood, Kylo Ren believed that by killing Han Solo he would be proving to Snoke that he would not fail in the way Darth Vader had: while Vader sacrificed himself for Luke, Kylo Ren kills his father in cold blood.
Explaining Kylo Ren's Remorse
Another deleted scene would have added another note of tragedy to this moment: the uncut version of Star Wars 7 had Kylo Ren nostalgically board the Millennium Falcon after our heroes arrive on Starkiller Base. Apparently the scene lasts only a minute or so, as Ren stands in the Falcon's cockpit, remembering flights with his parents and Chewbacca. This was intended to mirror Han Solo and Chewie's return to the Falcon previously.
The visual dictionary also features snippets from this scene. Considering the emotional weight it would have added to Han's death scene, it's a shame that this scene was cut. Here's hoping we get a more information about Ben Solo's childhood in Star Wars Episode 8, as right now his motivation is a little confused.
Of course, the Star Wars 7 deleted scenes weren't just about Kylo Ren. So what else could we have seen?
Maz Kanata Uses The Force
Maz Kanata is another enigmatic character. Thanks to her longevity and strength in the Force, Maz offers insightful advice to our heroes. But she could have helped in other ways too: originally, Maz Kanata was going to fight Stormtroopers after The First Order destroy her castle.
Although Maz Kanata says she never trained as a Jedi, this deleted scene apparently featured her levitating Stormtroopers and throwing them into walls. Considering she's such a cool character, it would have been awesome to see Maz get in on the action. Hopefully we'll see more from her in Episode 8.
Leia & Maz Kanata Reunite
Thanks to the second trailer, we've already seen a snippet of one deleted scene: Maz Kanata giving General Leia her brother's lightsaber. Originally, Maz Kanata was going to accompany Han Solo and Finn back to the Resistance base, in order to deliver the lightsaber to Leia in person.
This is a touching moment which would have been nice to see, but it might have interrupted the pace and flow of the story, as JJ Abrams revealed to EW.
"At one point, Maz used to continue along with the characters back to the Resistance base, but we realized that she really had nothing to do there of value, except sitting around."
Oh, and speaking of the lightsaber, we almost saw how Maz Kanata acquired it in the first place...
Originally, Rey's Force vision was much longer, and almost dropped hints about the legendary Skywalker lightsaber's journey from Bespin to Maz Kanata.
MakingStarWars explained the lightsaber sequence before the film was released...
"We then see a peasant dropping the lightsaber and starting a fire. He panics and runs, but decides to go back for the lightsaber, saving it. We then see a local trader walking away with the weapon. The trader sells the sword to a prosperous man."
Although it's been hinted at by JJ Abrams in interviews, this exact sequence of events hasn't been confirmed.
Hopefully we'll find out when the DVD is released, but depending on what scenes they want to include in Episode 8, some of the deleted scenes from The Force Awakens may not be released with the DVD. We'll just have to wait until the DVD is released to find out!