Star Wars: The Force Awakens Fan Theory – Kylo Ren Is Luke Skywalker’s Son

Like grandfather, like grandson.

Even with all the information trickling out about The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm and Disney have done an excellent job keeping a tight lid on the story and characters. But, it’s impossible to truly keep a lid on everything, which leads to certain tid bits and rumors leaking out… which leads to rampant fan speculation.

And speculation there has been, especially surrounding Luke Skywalker. Theories have been thrown out that he was in fact Kylo Ren, or that he just went plain old evil, or that he tried and failed to restore the Jedi after the events of Return of the Jedi.

The going theory seems to be that Luke is in hiding… but why? Well, a theory about that theory stems around the fact Luke suffered a terrible tragedy. Would could be so terrible, you ask? Well, if you ask Luke’s father Anakin… it would be losing your child.

So, the theory is Luke lost his son?

Kylo Ren 2

Well, in this case it would mean less his son died and more he actually lost him to something else. Perhaps Kylo was taken by the First Order as a child and brainwashed into becoming one of the Knights of Ren… or perhaps he left on his own to join the dark side.

Why would he do that?

We don’t know for sure, but we do know that Kylo Ren is obsessed with Darth Vader. He can’t get enough of the guy. He’s swearing to Vader’s helmet and rumored to be hunting down Anakin Skywalker’s old lightsaber, which is in the possession of Finn.

Anakin Vader

Perhaps Kylo Ren felt a connection with the story of his grandfather and sought to follow in his footsteps? If that’s the case… we’re really wondering what kind of parent Luke was, but it all lines up.

Do you think this makes sense?

We do, actually. Obviously we’d have to hear the back story to really judge how well it holds up, but there are certain things that seem to fall into place. For example, if our theory about Kylo Ren being the only Knight of Ren with a lightsaber prove true, it would be because Luke taught his son how to build a lightsaber.

Kylo saber

In addition, it would be an excellent twist on the Star Wars Saga being a “Skywalker saga” by making Luke’s son the bad guy. After all, the creative talent behind the film did refer to Kylo Ren as the “anti-Luke Skywalker,” which would play into that very well. It’s also an opportunity to really give the audience a reason to want Kylo to turn back to the light side since that there are characters invested in him personally.

Lastly, if our theory that Rey is related to the Skywalkers holds true then this provides excellent drama for her character. If she’s the other child of Luke or Han and Leia’s daughter, she still have family ties to Kylo Ren and thus it keeps the conflict in the family the way the saga always intended.

We wouldn’t be surprised if this theory is right on the money.


  1. Did Luke knock up an Ewok or something? I know anything’s possible at this point, but it’s highly unlikely.

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