The following video contains SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The Rise of Skywalker hinges on a huge decision made by Kylo Ren — AKA Ben Solo. Throughout all three recent Star Wars movies, Adam Driver’s Kylo has wrestled with his true nature. Despite his attempts to bury any goodness within him, he’s continued to be tortured by the “pull” of the light. But then, in The Rise of Skywalker, after a final battle with Rey and a plea from his mother, Kylo finally gives in to his better nature and becomes Ben Solo for good.

But why? The exact reasons for this huge decision are not entirely explained in the film. This video, by ScreenCrush’s Ryan Arey, attempts to make sense of it — and to understand exactly what it means if, as the film claims, Ben’s mother Leia knew about Rey’s true origins and knew she could turn Ben good all along. What was she waiting for if she could fix all of this with the Force? Let’s see in this video...

If you liked this video about how Kylo Ren’s huge choice in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, check out our other videos, including our suggested viewing order for the full Star Wars franchise, the coolest Rise of Skywalker Easter eggs, and our theories about the true origin of The Mandalorian’s Baby Yoda. Plus, there’s tons more over at ScreenCrush’s YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch all our future episodes. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in theaters now.

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