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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Is ______ the father?

I am constantly asked if Kylo Ren is the son of Luke Skywalker or the son of Han Solo. I honestly don’t know. For this piece I’m only using what I can factually state is apparently true, not information that seems to check out by crosschecking sources, but based on what I know was filmed and the basics of those sequences.

Adam Driver on Star Wars to EW:

Really it’s just because someone wasn’t loved enough or felt betrayed.

So if the quote pertains to Adam Driver’s character as I think it does, it can be somewhat telling. But there are two possible scenarios that come to my mind. The first is that Kylo Ren is Han Solo’s son. The second is that maybe Han Solo killed Kylo’s father or something. After all, Han Solo has killed a lot of people in his life time. But based on the evidence of what was filmed and the actions taken by the character, it isn’t possible to tell without the script.

The fact of the matter is that in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kylo Ren has a vendetta against Han Solo. At one important point in the film, he has a task and hears Solo is in the vicinity, drops what he’s doing and hunts him down. Call me crazy, but I don’t think he has sympathy for the Sith that Solo helped eradicate in a roundabout way. It feels too personal. To what degree, I can’t say with certainty. But when Ren goes after Solo, it is without a doubt personal.

We heard from a few sources that Domhnall Gleeson is Luke Skywalker’s son. I had a lot of reason to think it might true and a little reason to think maybe not. I’m more in the “probably not” crowd on that rumor now. After taking a look at what was filmed, it seems less likely that is the case unless there some trickery involved.  In The Force Awakens “The General” that Domhnall Gleeson plays is going to fire a super weapon. When his technicians flee, The General fires the weapon personally. That’s hardcore. I don’t know if you can do something like that and be the hero’s son and be redeemed in a likable way. The fact of the matter is that they filmed Gleeson doing some pretty horrible things. I imagine it would be hard for the audience to forgive this character easily for the actions he takes against innocent people.

Rey does not appear to be a Solo or a Skywalker. There’s a short sequence where Rey and Finn are going to steal a ship. They look at the Falcon, have a “what hunk a junk” moment, look towards a fancier ship and find out it doesn’t suit their needs, and then decide to use the Falcon. Well, if Han Solo is your daddy you surely have heard of the Millennium Falcon. It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. Both Finn and Rey have clearly never seen or heard of the ship when they encounter it. However, she does impress Han Solo by fixing the Falcon intuitively. Its not far off from Han’s ability to hit the cockpit like Fonzi and make the machine work.

At this point, if you want my honest opinion, I think Kylo Ren is the character most likely to have a connection to the classic characters. Still anything is possible. It is inferred Ren has a past with Solo whereas no one else seems to.

I wish I could end this with a Maury Povich style paternity test and proclaim “Han Solo, you are not the father!” But it just isn’t good enough yet.


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