J.J. Abrams Explains Kylo Ren’s Most Notorious Act In The Force Awakens

If you still haven’t seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, what in a galaxy far, far away are you waiting for!? Also, you should be forewarned that this post contains some major spoilers. Then again, the film has been out for 10 months, so just about everything’s fair game at this point. That includes the confrontation between Kylo Ren and his father Han Solo, which results in the latter’s shocking death.


There’s been no shortage of speculation about Kylo Ren’s motivation and the thinking that preceded this violent act, but fans have been hoping for some definitive answers from co-writer/director J.J. Abrams. As it turns out, he explores this very question on the new audio commentary included on next month’s 3D Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of The Force Awakens—and USA Today has posted the relevant excerpt.

“People have asked me if I think that Kylo Ren was just playing with him the whole time, if he meant to kill him from the beginning,” says Abrams. “And the truth is, I think Kylo Ren, in this moment, is actually being convinced to walk away from this. Snoke is, as Han says, using him, and I think that somewhere Ben knows this. But I think that he can’t accept it. Deep down, he has gone too far.”

In USA Today’s brief clip, Abrams also makes the point that the location of Kylo and Han’s meeting should have been viewed as a warning sign: “Obviously any time two characters in Star Wars go out on an incredibly thin bridge 10 miles above the ground with no railings, it’s not going to end well with one of them.”

To hear Abrams’ commentary in its entirety, pick up the Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Blu-ray when it arrives in stores on November 15. As for Kylo’s next steps, you’ll have to wait a little longer, as Star Wars: Episode VIII doesn’t hit theatres until December 15, 2017.