Clones Could Be Returning To ‘Star Wars’ In ‘The Force Awakens,’ But Not In The Way You Think

A new fan theory has been advanced tying Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain Kylo Ren to Darth Vader in a way that may suggest clones are once again returning to the world of Star Wars, but in a much different way then fans would expect.

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Much has been made of Kylo Ren’s obsession with Darth Vader in the lead-up to the release of the next Star Wars film. Director J.J. Abrams famously admitted when describing Ren that he has modeled himself on the Sith lord, and fans have gone so far as to suggest that Kylo Ren’s helmet could even in fact be Vader’s, simply re-purposed. A new fan theory, however, has connected the two in a stranger way, potentially shedding light on Ren’s motives in The Force Awakens.

Though it is a bit complex, the theory has one central tenet: Kylo Ren wishes to resurrect, or possibly even clone, Darth Vader.

The theory comes from Germain Lussier over at io9, who points to a number of facts revealed already from the newest Star Wars film to back up the assertion. Firstly, he cites the fact that J.J. Abrams has admitted that Kylo Ren is obsessed with Vader, even going so far as to say “[Ren] is well aware of what’s come before, and that’s very much a part of the story of the film.” Fans have suggested that Ren could be collecting Vader artifacts, like the burned-out mask seen in the film’s trailer, or Anakin’s old lightsaber (which also makes an appearance, and is central to the plot of the film).

Lussier also points to the recently released Star Wars: Aftermath, which includes several seeming nods to this concept, as SlashFilm points out. In one interlude, a group known as the Acolytes of the Beyond attempt to buy a lightsaber they believe to be Vader’s, under graffiti that states “Vader Lives.” (Fans have also suggested a link between the Acolytes and the Knights of Ren.) In another chapter, an evil character named Tashu tells Wedge Antilles that powerful Dark Side users could siphon life from their captives, using it to sustain themselves. Lussier also acknowledges that rumors have sprung up lately about a Darth Vader action figure specific to The Force Awakens.

There are a number of ways these facts could all fit together. Kylo Ren could be attempting to gather Vader relics in an attempt to clone him, or to use the Dark Side in some way to resurrect the fallen Sith Lord. Ren could be simply gathering the objects to learn (or absorb Vader’s Dark Side energy,) but Darth Sidious once told Anakin that the Dark Side could bring someone back from the dead. Lussier points out that Palpatine may not have been lying when he said this.

The last tenet of the theory is possibly the most plausible. Lussier suggests that Kylo Ren may not actually be trying to literally bring Darth Vader back from the dead, but instead attempt to recreate him by turning Luke to the Dark Side. In total, the theory may be a long shot, but with rumors of Darth Vader’s return having surrounded the production ever since it began, it may (somewhat) accurately address Kylo Ren’s motives in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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