JJ Abrams explains why Kylo Ren had to commit that devastating act in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
*SPOILERS AHEAD for Star Wars: The Force Awakens*
Star Wars: The Force Awakens contains one of the most gut wrenching moments in the Star Wars franchise. During a confrontation between Han Solo and Kylo Ren (who turn out to be father and son), Kylo embraces the dark side of the Force and kills Han. It was not the death that Han deserved as such an iconic character in the franchise but it is what JJ Abrams gave to fans. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly director JJ Abrams and co-writers Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt spoke about why it was important for Kylo to do this and why it was important for Han Solo's story.
"“Star Wars had the greatest villain in cinema history. So, how you bring a new villain into that world is a very tricky thing,” Abrams told the crowd. “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.”"Abrams continues,
"“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.”"Speaking about Han's story in particular and why it was crucial for Han to fall to his son in the film Abrams stated,
"“I had thought Han’s story and Leia’s story was just about them coming back together. At the end of the movie they would have reconciled and gotten over their differences. And you would have said, ‘Okay, bad stuff happened, but at least they’re back together again,” Arndt said. “J.J. rightly asked, ‘What is Han doing in this movie?’ If we’re not going to have something important and irreversible happen to him, then he kind of feels like luggage. He feels like this great, sexy piece of luggage you have in your movie. But he’s not really evolving. He’s not really pushing the story forward.”"What did you think of the surprise scene where Han was killed off by Kylo Ren? Do you feel that it was a death worthy of Han Solo? Do you agree with Abrams that it needed to happen to further Kylo's story along?
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Source: Entertainment Weekly