One of my favorite YouTubers posted a video asking if Kylo would live or die and I thought it might be an interesting question to post to the forums.
I think it really has two components? Is Kylo redeemable and will he live?
The redeemable part seems obviously challenging. He committed patricide. Killed Lor Santekka. Ordered an entire village to be wiped out. And who knows what else. But compared to Anakin, it is still possible. Besides TFA and TLJ at least paint him to be a sympathetic villain. The novelization also adds some detailed that made me really look at him differently (willing to stop the middle heading for Leia’s ship was he biggest one).
And then the question of whether Kylo will live or die is very interesting as well. If he does die, I am having trouble imagining Rey to make the final blow. Luke couldn’t kill Vader. Obi-Wan couldn’t strike down Anakin. If she does do it, it might be because she has no choice. It might be because it is the only way to bring some lasting balance (maybe something with the prequel prophecy). Or maybe Kylo sacrifices himself or someone else kills him.
If if he lives, I don’t really buy him being redeemed and getting a happy ending, but if that’s how they tell it...Alternately, what if he lives and doesn’t have Jedi Powers (kind of like the Legends stuff) or in the vein of the Princess Bride (think Humperdink), where he is so disabled that he can’t literally cause any harm
What do you all think? Any other thoughts on ep 9 plots?
Also, here’s the link to the Thor Skywalker video that got me thinking: https://youtu.be/Ubs5eoobB5Y