General Hux and Kylo Ren didn’t necessarily get along in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so it would make sense that they’d continue to bicker throughout the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Hux actor Dohmnall Gleeson has recently hinted that Hux and Kylo’s vague threats and glares will turn that much more intense in The Last Jedi.
Hux wants power. He might just be willing to take it from Kylo Ren. How will that effect Kylo?
Gleeson spoke with Empire magazine for its January issue and, on Friday, the magazine published part of that interview.
“Because of what happened in the first film, he’s been pushed to a place where his position is in real jeopardy, and people make really bad decisions when they get desperate,” Gleeson said of Hux. “Hux and Kylo Ren are vying for power and for Snoke’s attention. They’re both contenders for the throne and Hux is hoping Ren explodes, so that he can take up the mantle. He knows it will be a battle otherwise, one he may very well lose.”
The Last Jedi is expected to be a Star Wars film unlike any other the world has seen before. As soon as the first teaser for The Last Jedi hit the internet, fans scrambled to work out what was going to happen. Gleeson seems to hint at Hux playing mind games with Kylo to get him to snap before he actually has to go up against the Force user in a more physical confrontation.
Just as Luke Skywalker says, though, “This is not going to go the way you think.”
Many fans have theorized that Kylo Ren will leave Supreme Leader Snoke behind and that, similarly, Rey will do the same with Luke. This theory makes that much more sense with the new knowledge that Snoke is not a Sith and therefore probably cannot be the Emperor Palpatine-type mentor that his grandfather, Anakin Skywalker, once found. If Snoke can’t give Kylo what he wants — which seems to be approval, guidance, and the kind of attention he never got from his parents Han Solo (RIP) and Leia Organa — then Kylo might think it’s not worth having to deal with Hux’s power mongering.
The combination of pressure from Hux and a lackluster relationship with his mentor might truly drive Kylo away from the First Order. And since Luke has told Rey that the Jedi have to end, it would make sense for Rey and Kylo to potentially band together and finally, truly bring balance to the Force.
Maybe the combination of Hux’s greed and Snoke’s dull grasp will drive Kylo to realize just how much he doesn’t want to be involved with the Dark side. Because it can’t give him what he wants; even his hero, Darth Vader, eventually realized that. If Kylo is trying to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps, then he could be drawn back to the light. Or, rather, to somewhere in the middle alongside Rey.
And it’s all thanks to Hux being a greedy bastard.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres in theaters on December 15.