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Fan Theories About What Kylo Ren's, Like, Whole Deal Is  

Zack Howe
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The Last Jedi fan theories are exploding all over the Internet. Snoke's identity is still a mystery, as is Rey's parentage, and just what the hell is Luke's problem? Then there's Kylo Ren. Kylo is the grumpiest Solo, the son of Han and Leia, the nephew of Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader's biggest fan. There are some pretty crazy Kylo Ren fan theories out there (like he and Luke are the same person), but there are some that are worth considering.

The biggest question is what will come of Kylo. Will he find redemption? Or is he destined to be a monster? Perhaps the answers to those questions lie in his past. Kylo Ren's backstory is a bit hazy, but these Star Wars fan theories claim to have the answer to that and pretty much any question about Ben Solo. 

Whatever Kylo's deal is, there's a whole lot of room for speculation. The following theories have the potential to spoil The Last Jedi and beyond, depending on how accurate they are.

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Han Helped Kylo Kill Him
Han Helped Kylo Kill Him is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fan Theories About What Kylo Ren's, Like, Whole Deal Is
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Tumblr user webofstarwars takes a popular theory and dives a bit deeper into it. Like many others, they believe Kylo Ren has infiltrated the dark side, but has had to do some unspeakable things to get there, including murdering his own father.

But did Kylo really kill Han? In the scene on the bridge, he asks Han to help him do what he needs to do. Only their faces are visible, not their hands, so the theory is that Han actually activated the lightsaber Kylo was holding, thus sacrificing himself for his son's ultimate goal.

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Rey And Kylo Have Pretty Much The Exact Same Backstory
Rey And Kylo Have Pretty Much ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Fan Theories About What Kylo Ren's, Like, Whole Deal Is
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Tumblr user KNIGHTS-OF-BEN-SOLO has an interesting "Reylo" theory that the two are more similar than we've realized:

"Ben’s had a history of accidentally blowing sh*t up since he was little (since the Force is so attuned with his emotions), so after several more problems and Ben feeling isolated and resentful, his mom sent him to be with Luke because he was dangerous to people around him. Luke thought he could 'cage the beast' inside his nephew, but it was to no avail. Kylo feels as if he had been thrown away because he wasn’t manageable, and feels like an untamable monster because he knew Luke’s intentions.

Years later, as a padawan, Kylo has a mental breakdown in front of the other students (probably when they find out he’s Darth Vader’s grandkid and retaliate against him), accidentally blows up the academy, and runs to Snoke when he realizes that Luke had washed his hands of his nephew after losing everything he ever built.

Rey finds out about these events through Force visions, and gets mad at Luke for giving up on Ben. Luke tells her he had to nip her training in the bud because she will end up like him if she taps into her powers too much. She says to stop comparing her to Kylo Ren. She says she would never hate her family and they had to leave her on Jakku because –

and that’s when she realizes, and she remembers, she was thrown away too. She suddenly remembers everyone being afraid of her as a kid. She was a danger to everyone around her, so her parents dumped her on Jakku and never came back.

And that’s when Rey realized she and Ben were two sides of the same coin.

'Goodbye Luke,' she’ll say. 'Hello, Ben.'"

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Kylo Is A Double Agent Working To Take Down The Dark Side From Within
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This theory comes from Redditor MayDaze:

"Luke Skywalker has been trying to get close to Snoke with no luck so he comes up with a plan (maybe with Han Solo) to send in a double agent and infiltrate the First Order. He saw that Ben Solo was his most promising student and trained him in both the light and dark sides with hope that he would be able to resist the dark side... just as Anakin Skywalker did. Luke then gave him Vader's helmet (which he had from the funeral pyre in episode VI) to give him strength.

'Forgive me, I feel it again. The call to the light. Supreme Leader senses it. Show me again the power of the darkness and I will let nothing stand in our way. Show me, Grandfather, and I will finish what you started.'

Luke could talk to Obi Wan in the original trilogy so it wouldn't be that far fetched to think Anakin is helping him just as Obi Wan helped Luke. This idea is later reinforced when Kylo Ren in interrogating Rey.

'You, you're afraid that you will never be as strong as Darth Vader.'...

He does realize that he will have to kill thousands to save billions but facing his father will be the only way to gain Stoke's trust... Okay, I'm not sure if Han was in on the plan (assuming this crazy theory is correct) but the bridge scene is conveniently is front of stormtrooper witnesses and has both character[s] going through what seems like lines for the sake of anyone listening. When they get close enough to whisper, Ben Solo changes his tone...

Adam Driver has this to say about his character Kylo Ren,

'When they think of their actions as morally justified, it makes them dangerous and unpredictable. There’s no level they won’t go to to accomplish what they’re after. I never thought of the character as an evil person.'...

tl;dr Kylo Ren is an undercover good guy."

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Kylo Is Trying To Destroy ALL Force Users
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Redditor Wes_Bugg thinks Kylo holds no allegiances whatsoever:

"So talking with my roommate today about the future of Kylo Ren, we came down to a decision about what Kylo Ren might end up doing. So first we discussed, does Kylo Ren redeem himself or die a villain? But we came up with an alternative idea that is neither of those. What if Kylo Ren turns against Snoke and Luke? So here is the theory.

Kylo Ren finally realizes that Snoke is only using him for his powers. Because of this, Kylo Ren decides that he turns against Snoke. But he's not running back to Luke or turning back to the light side. He also believes that Luke was just using him for his potential and powers. So he becomes apathetic to Force users in general, similar to Kreia. Kylo Ren gets his Knights of Ren to follow with his new beliefs, creating his own small army. He duels Snoke but Luke and Rey show up. It becomes a three way duel with Luke and Rey vs. Snoke vs. Kylo Ren with Snoke's guards fighting against the Knights of Ren Kylo Ren brought with him. In the end Snoke dies, but Kylo Ren gets away and Luke and Rey leave as well.

Kylo Ren then begins to purge the galaxy of all Force users and Force sensitives. He hunts down random people who can use the Force, Luke's Jedi, and other small Force using groups and cults. He convinces people across the galaxy that Force users have been the cause of suffering and pain in the galaxy for thousands of years through the Jedi, the Sith, the Empire, the First Order, etc. All great atrocities have involved Force wielders and groups typically as leaders of the factions. He rallies up a personal army and makes the Knights of Ren a threat. This leads up to the next inevitable trilogy involving the New Republic and the New Jedi Order fighting against Kylo Ren's personal army."

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