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Star Wars IX Theory About The Death Star

More than a week ago, the first teaser trailer for Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker was released and many people have been speculating based on the scenes that were shown in the trailer what will happen in the final episode of the sequel trilogy.

The Nerdist took particular notice of the frame showing the Death Star as Rey, Finn, and Poe stare at it from a distance. They believe that it might be the key for Kylo Ren's redemption. Take it however you will, it's just a theory. How they are going to wrap up the space saga, we will know once the film is released in December.

(Image credit: Lucasfilm)


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The Death Star might be the key to Kylo Ren's redemption? And the evidence for this is that Rey and Co stare at it from a distance? Talk about a stretch.
Redemption has to be wanted. Kylo Ren has spent all of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi proving that he doesn't want to be redeemed.
Vader was redeemable because of why Anakin fell to the Dark Side. He had love, which is of the light. That love became tainted by fear of loss, which is of the dark side. Palpatine manipulated Anakin's weaknesses. In time, Vader lost everything and gave in to rage and despair. Then, near the end, he rediscovered his son and learned that he could protect those he loved from dying: by correct his own bad choices and removing the threat posed by the Emperor.
Ben Solo grew up with two loving parents, even if his father never quite understood him and his mother never told him her most shameful secret. He also had a loving uncle. Nevertheless, Ben chose darkness over light no matter how many times his family strove to call him back from the edge. Eventually, Luke couldn't had to know the truth about Ben's internal struggle and violated his privacy by looking into Ben's mind - not okay, Luke. What Luke saw was that his nephew was planning to murder several of the students Luke was teaching and to flee with the others. Luke made a second terrible mistake and ignited his lightsaber. Kylo Ren woke up, seeing his uncle standing over him, and knew his cover was blown. He attempted to kill his uncle, failed, and carried out his plan to murder the other students who wouldn't go along with him to Snoke.
Ben didn't turn to the Dark Side because some tragedy drove him to despair at a relatable, human level. He turned to the Dark Side because he made the conscious choice to be evil every time such a choice was put in front of him except once in his life. (Which excuses nothing.)
The one exception is that he hesitated to fire on his mother, when one of his wingmates decided to steal the glory of killing Leia Organa from him.
When Leia senses her son through the Force, he's "a presence that had once been bright but had turned as black as space, becoming a soundless scream of rage and need" (Jason Fry, The Last Jedi, page 81). She is connected to him intimately, senses his intent to kill her, and knows there is no light left in him.
"'I came to face him, Leia. But I can't save him.' "Not long ago, this would have pierced her to her core. But now there was nothing but a dull ache. "'I know,' she said. 'I held out hope for so long, but now I know. My son is gone.'" (Fry, 290)
Leia knows Kylo can't be redeemed because she knows he has chosen not to be redeemed. But there are other reasons.
Carrie Fisher is dead. Leia is unlikely to survive The Rise of Skywalker. Kylo is the most likely candidate to kill her, given that he has attempted to do so several times, hesitated once, and resolved to do without hesitation afterwards. I doubt he's going to kill her and be redeemed right after, and I doubt any other villain is going to get to steal the arc that Kylo has spent two movies building up to.
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