08 Jan 2016 1:17 PM +00:00 UTC

J.J. Abrams Explains Why Kylo Ren Turned To The Dark Side

In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren is the main villain. We know from the trailers that he looked up to Darth Vader, but the film reveals that his story is more complicated than that.

In a recent interview with IGN, director J.J. Abrams explained why Kylo Ren turned to the Dark Side.

Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens ahead.

"Kylo Ren idolizes Darth Vader, not Anakin Skywalker," Abrams explained. "He idolizes what Vader represents and what Vader was trying to do. The idea that Vader didn't succeed, if you look at it from Ren's point of view, he was seduced by the enemy and failed because of that seduction. So the idea is that Ren wants to complete the thing that Vader started."

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As for what turned him against the Light Side, Abrams calls it "An incredible power. An incredible Force and an incredible potential, that was like with many young people sort of misguided and unclear. The story for him is one of conflict — not just external conflict, but internal conflict, and it's what makes him, I think, an interesting villain."

Abrams' statement made some fans come up with a fascinating theory that suggested that Snoke is Vader.

So why do you think Kylo Ren turned to the Dark Side?

Also, check out the mind-blowing theory about Kylo Ren here.