It was the lightsaber ignition heard round the world. Millions of fans cried out at once, as the dark Jedi known as Kylo Ren struck down his father Han Solo. The moment, which comes towards the climax of last year’s mega blockbuster “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” is devastating to watch. But if you need a bit of distraction from the intense father/son confrontation, then a new bit of commentary from director J.J. Abrams might just do the trick.
Released via USA Today, the commentary track reveals Ben Solo’s inner thoughts before that fateful moment.
“The truth is, I think Kylo Ren in this moment is actually being convinced to walk away from this. Snoke is, as Han says, using him, and I think somewhere Ben knows this,” said Abrams in the commentary. “But I think he can’t accept it. Deep down, he’s gone too far.” You can watch the clip with commentary below.
But even as intense as the scene is, Abrams still has time for just a little bit of levity. “Obviously any time two characters in Star Wars go out on an incredibly thin bridge 10 miles above the ground with no railings, it’s not going to end well with one of them,” he jokes. That’s of course a reference to the confrontation between another iconic father and son pair, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, from “The Empire Strikes Back.” Of course that altercation only ended with the loss of a hand, not the loss of a life.
And we’re still a ways away from knowing what the next move is for Ben “Kylo Ren” Solo, especially now that he’s killed his own father and doubled his dedication to Supreme Leader Snoke. This year’s Star Wars flim, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” takes place a good 35 or so years before “Force Awakens” and serves as a lead-in to the very first Star Wars movie. The follow-up to “Force Awakens,” the still-untitled “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” will arrive in theaters on December 15, 2017.
The 3D collector’s edition of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” arrives in stores internationally on October 31, and will be available in the United States on November 15.
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