In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans get to learn about the truth behind the relationship between Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) when they discover how the Jedi Master’s doubts turn Ben Solo against him.
Reading into the mind of Ben while his nephew lays asleep, Luke for a second entertains the thought of ending the young boy who will eventually become a source of pain and anguish not only for him, but for countless others as well. Though the moment passes and Luke puts the lightsaber away, Ben wakes up frightened, seeing the image of his uncle trying to kill him. Using the Force, Ben crushes the roof above them, and then escapes. When Luke finally comes to, the Jedi temple that they had been staying at had been lain to waste, and the Jedi Master’s other followers had been killed.
While most fans assume that the destruction of the Jedi temple and the deaths of Luke’s followers was result of Kylo Ren’s rage, Marvel’s new comic book series Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren reveals the truth. No, Ben didn’t destroy the Jedi Temple. No, he didn’t kill Luke’s students.
In The Rise of Kylo Ren, a comic book series which follows the origin of the wayward son of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia (Carrie Fisher), we see Ben on the run after his confrontation with Luke (via IGN). Force lightning shoots out of the sky while Ben escapes, destroying the school. A strange, boomigng voice comes from the sky right before the sizzling bolt of energy reaches the school – perhaps an act by Palpatine.
In another part of the series, we also learn that Kylo Ren did not murder Luke’s followers in cold blood. In fact, he tried to save one of his classmates in a three-on-one battle, though he did kill one by accident. Even when Ben decides to turn to the Dark Side, we see him struggle with the Light.
We’d certainly love to learn more about Ben Solo’s story, though it seems rather unlikely that we’ll ever get to see it play out on the big screen.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be available on Digital HD on March 31 and on DVD, Blu-Ray, and 4K Ultra HD on April 14.