Redeeming Kylo Ren is one thing of a communal effort in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, as Leia reaching out to him by means of the Power along with her closing breath, Rey displaying him mercy by Power-healing his wound and the reminiscence of Han Solo all conspire to deliver again Ben Solo. Nevertheless, the film’s novelization reveals that one other character additionally performed a key function in Ben’s return to the sunshine. Particularly, his “uncle” Chewbacca.
We don’t see Kylo encounter Chewie as soon as he’s captured by the Knights of Ren within the movie, however the novel – penned by writer Rae Carson – features a new scene wherein the First Order’s Supreme Chief reads the Wookiee’s thoughts in an effort to be taught information on Rey and the Resistance. As an alternative, nevertheless, he witnesses some heart-warming recollections of instances he and Chewie shared in his youth.
“He noticed flashes of the Wookiee laughing with a a lot youthful Han Solo than he himself remembers. Felt Chewbacca’s pleasure when his greatest good friend married the girl he’d come to like like a sister. Noticed the Wookiee cuddling a human toddler, educating an older boy to fly a speeder, goal follow with a younger man, their blasters set on stun in opposition to a haphazard dummy made from rocks.”
As Kylo continues to rifle by means of Chewie’s thoughts, he sees that his quarters are stuffed with photos and mementos of his “nephew,” making clear that he doesn’t hate Ben, even for killing Han. This causes Kylo to have a flash of hope that possibly there’s nonetheless an opportunity he might return residence to people who love him. That is his first style of redemption, then, which is able to later bloom because of his expertise on the wreckage of the Loss of life Star. However it seems it was Chewie who helped present him the way in which again first.
Followers have usually criticized the sequel motion pictures for sidelining Chewie however, to be truthful, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker did embrace a few moments that put the highlight on him. Particularly, the heartbreaking scene the place he cries out after discovering out Leia has died after which the pleasing bit on the finish the place Maz Kanata lastly presents him with the medal he deserved again in A New Hope. As such, this passage is without doubt one of the higher ways in which the novel expands on the film.
Supply: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Version (by way of CBR)