We had our suspicions, but now we know for sure. Adam Driver, the actor behind Darth Vader-worshipping tyrant Kylo Ren, has confirmed that his villainous character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens turned to the dark side after being neglected by his parents Leia Organa and Han Solo.
Interviewed for the DVD release of J.J. Abrams’ blockbuster sequel, Driver said he imagined the young Ben Solo being lured into evil after struggling to cope with his nascent Force powers.
“If you really imagine the stakes of him, in his youth, having all these special powers and having your parents kind of be absent during that process on their own agendas, [being] equally as selfish,” said the Girls star.
“He’s lost in the world that he was raised in, and feels that he was kind of abandoned by the people that he’s closest with. He’s angry because of that, I think, and he has a huge grudge on his shoulders.”
Abrams said Leia and Han were unsure over what to do when Supreme Leader Snoke began tapping up Kylo Ren as a potential dark side disciple.
“It’s more than just having a ‘bad seed’ as a kid,” he said. “Snoke had targeted this kid and knew that this kid was going to be incredibly powerful in The Force and wanted him as an ally.
“So this mother and father had a target as a son, someone who’s watching their boy, and these parents aren’t there enough to guide him.”
Audiences could see Ren’s bitterness towards Han Solo when he mocked Rey for her affection towards the loveable smuggler.
“Han Solo. You feel like he’s the father you never had,” Ren tells Rey during a Force interrogation, before adding: “He would have disappointed you.” He later stabs Solo through the chest with a lightsaber and watches him fall into space, thereby completing his journey towards the dark side.