Adam Driver doesn't like your Kylo Ren redemption theories. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker star is throwing a monkey wrench into the Star Wars speculation surrounding the latest movie. We're now less than three weeks away from the long-awaited threequel hitting theaters and speculation is at an all-time high, fueled in part by the crazy amount of TV spots the studio has been putting out. Disney and Lucasfilm have released a new TV spot with different footage each day this week and it doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon.
In a new interview, Adam Driver was asked about Kylo Ren and his possible redemption in The Rise of Skywalker. "What does he have to be redeemed for?" Driver fired back. Well, there's actually quite a bit Ren could stand to be redeemed for with the killing of his father (Han Solo) being the number one and most obvious reason. However, Driver doesn't think so. He explains.
"[Kylo Ren] has a different identity, a different definition of what redemption is. He's already been redeemed in his story. I don't think there is a thought of redemption. He doesn't have an outside lens of the events, you know - you know what I mean? That's more of an outsider's view of his world."
This is a pretty interesting way to look at the villain who has been developing since 2015's The Force Awakens. Kylo Ren has come off as quite conflicted over the course of the last two movies, though by the end of The Last Jedi, he seemed to be coming into his own as a powerful villain taking over his own destiny. There have been plenty of rumors suggesting that we'll see Ren end up switching sides to take down Emperor Palpatine with Rey and The Resistance.
As for the relationship between Kylo Ren and Rey, Adam Driver isn't feeding into that either. Star Wars fans have been commenting on their complicated relationship ever since 2015, with some even implying that they will be romantically linked when all the dust settles after The Rise of Skywalker. For Driver, their relationship isn't just one thing. He had this to say.
"I don't think it's all one thing. Part of the fun of playing it is the boundaries of it keep changing. At times it's more intimate, sometimes less intimate. Sometimes it's codependent. And then it's, obviously, adversarial."
J.J. Abrams is going for a balance between the familiar and surprise elements in The Rise of Skywalker. The director knows he won't be able to please everybody, so that isn't the goal. Instead, Abrams tried to make the best end of the sequel trilogy that he could. Will Kylo Ren seek traditional redemption? According to Adam Driver he won't, but you never know what his version of redemption will look like. The interview with Adam Driver was originally conducted by Entertainment Weekly.