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One of the most frequently discussed mysteries presented in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is exactly how the son of famous war heroes like Han Solo and Leia Organa fell to the Dark Side. It's hinted throughout the film that Supreme Leader Snoke somehow manipulated the boy once known as Ben Solo, but why Han and Leia were unable to prevent it was unclear.

That is, until now, and the answer is simple: They were bad parents.

In a clip promoting The Force Awakens' impending Blu-ray release on April 5 — and with it the feature-length documentary Secrets Of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey — actor Adam Driver and director J.J. Abrams have shed some light on K

ylo Ren's fall from the Light Side.

Driver cites absentee parents as a primary motivating factor for taking solace in someone as sinister as Snoke:

"If you really imagine the stakes of him in his youth, having all these special powers and having your parents kind of be absent during that process on their own agendas, equally as selfish. He’s lost in the world that he was raised in, and feels that he was kind of abandoned by the people that he’s closest with. He’s angry because of that, I think, and he has a huge grudge on his shoulders."

It's a typical Dark Side move to blame others for your shortcomings — Kylo truly is a Skywalker — and Abrams shifts the blame as well, saying that Kylo is "more than just ... a bad seed."

"Snoke had targeted this kid and knew that this kid was going to be incredibly powerful in The Force and wanted him as an ally. So this mother and father had a target for a son, someone who was watching their boy, and these parents aren’t there enough to guide him."

In the film, we also learn that Luke Skywalker was training Ben when Snoke seduced him, so it seems not a single member of his immediate family was able to give him the love and attention he needed/felt he deserved.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently available for digital download and hits Blu-ray and DVD April 5.

Source: The Mary Sue


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