Be forewarned — spoilers ahead.
First, let me preface this with one thing: I absolutely hate stories where the villain redeems themself through death.
I loathe it. It’s the easy road. It’s a cheap way to tie up loose ends without actually putting in effort.
And I despise Disney for doing it to Ben when they could’ve done SO. MUCH. MORE. with his character.
So today, I’m going to share what I would’ve done with Ben’s character post The Rise of Skywalker…
Ben (as Kylo Ren) did a lot of things that most people would consider irredeemable throughout the trilogy. To name a few: he merc’d his dad (Han Solo), he ordered the slaughter on the village of Jakku, he destroyed the Hosnian System, and, at times, he was an entitled little shit.
But before he was Kylo Ren, he was a child who was manipulated to the dark side by someone literally inside his head. He needed help and the people he trusted most (his parents and his uncle) abandoned him to the voice, to the dark side.
It really was quite tragic.
So what would I have done with him?