J.J. Abrams Explains Kylo Ren's Shocking Moment in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Warning: spoilers from Star Wars: The Force Awakens ahead.

If you've seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you've probably wondered why Kylo Ren chose the path of the Dark Sidenear the end of the film.


There's only little background about Kylo Ren being seduced to the Dark Side. We still don't know how Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke connected. Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan also explained how Episode VIII and IX will provide the answers to the questions that The Force Awakens raised.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, director J.J. Abrams talked about the decision and clarified

"Long before we had this title, the idea of The Force Awakens was that this would become the evolution of not just a hero, but a villain," Abrams said. "And not a villain who was the finished, ready-made villain, but someone who was in process."

"All of us bring our own experiences to it," Abrams said. "As a father, as a friend to people who have children, I know what it's like to see struggle, to be part of struggle. I know how painful it can be. I know how real it is. And this is, of course, an insane extrapolated version."

Abrams added, "Star Wars had the greatest villain in cinema history. So, how you bring a new villain into that world is a very tricky thing. We knew we needed to do something f—king bold. The only reason why Kylo Ren has any hope of being a worthy successor is because we lose one of the most beloved characters."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now showing in theaters.