– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Fans have come out of Star Wars: The Last Jedi with a lot of questions. However, one question they may NOT have gone away with is “is Kylo Ren redeemable?” Sure, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was a question we were all wondering. Unlike Darth Vader, he was a man who was conflicted by his predisposition to the Light Side of the Force.

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However, in The Last Jedi, they spent the majority of the film trying to address that question, and when all said and done, Kylo killed Snoke and took his place as Supreme Leader of the First Order. Despite the twists and turns along the way, he seemed to settle nicely into the role of Dark Force user.

But even after all this, is he still redeemable? Speaking with IGN, director Rian Johnson answers that question in a surprising way, saying:

“Are you kidding? Vader was worse than Kylo ever was, I think, and Vader got redeemed. Also, I should just for the record [say] that I’m not involved in the writing of the next movie. I’m an audience member in it, just like you, so when I talk about what’s going to happen next it’s in the context of, as a fan, what I’m thinking of.”

What do you think of Johnson’s comments? After all Kylo Ren has done, is he redeemable? He does certainly have an interesting point here. We may look back and see Vader as redeemable, but that could be in large part due to the fact that we didn’t see his worse atrocities until decades after we knew he was redeemed. Had we seen Anakin kill all those younglings in 1972, before A New Hope hit theaters, we may have been singing to a different tone.

Let us know your personal thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.