Rian Johnson opens up about what was going inside Kylo Ren's (Adam Driver) head before his huge decision to betray Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and actually side with Rey (Daisy Ridley), just before he also had a falling out with her. It's been almost two months since Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters but the film, as any Star Wars movie, remains a favorite topic of conversation on the internet. The Johnson written/directed-flick has already spawned countless debates and whether one likes how the story panned out, it will still be the ground with which JJ Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX will have to build its story on.
Earning more than $1.3 billion at the global box office, The Last Jedi is hardly a failure for Lucasfilm. It did, however, divide the massive fandom as the film got polarizing reactions from its following. Some liked the movie for its bold storytelling and stunning visuals. Others, meanwhile, were not too happy with the creative decisions that Johnson made. Nevertheless, people continue to dissect the film.
Attending Collider's special IMAX screening of The Last Jedi, Johnson stuck around to participate in a Q&A with the attendees. During the panel, the director opened up about Kylo Ren's thought process before actually slicing his own master into two in such a cool remote lightsaber manipulation move:
"In my mind, he walks in there knowing basically that he is going to betray Snoke but he doesn’t know yet exactly what the mechanism is and what his opportunity is going to be. But he’s gone in there with the intent of, whether it’s now or whether it’s later or whenever it is, when he brings Rey in there, he’s had that connection with her and what he says in the elevator… from that, in my head I thought, ‘Okay, he knows he’s going to do this but he doesn’t know how yet’ and when he sees that opportunity with that lightsaber next to him and sees Snoke distracted and realizes he can give this an attempt, he goes for it."
That whole sequence, starting with Kylo and Rey's interaction in the elevator leading to Snoke's throne room all the way to the melee fight against the Praetorian guards, has been one of the highlights of the film. Certainly, there may be some people who are still questioning how Snoke's death panned out considering that many believed he was being built up to be this trilogy's main bad ala Emperor Palpatine, but everything in that scene encapsulated the unexpectedness that Star Wars installments are known for. If anything, it was definitely something that we have never seen in the famed saga before.
Still, the scene begs some questions. If Snoke actually manipulated the Force conversation between Rey and Kylo, does that mean that Kylo has long been playing the "good apprentice" game with his master? During his final conversation with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ben talked about knowing what to do but he's struggling with actually doing the deed. Now, since he was being so cryptic during that whole encounter, we're not entirely sure if he was referring to killing his own dad or something else. With these new comments from Johnson, it's definitely possible that he was also talking about getting rid of Snoke. Perhaps we'll learn more once the Star Wars: The Last Jedi comic book adaptation hits shelves.
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