i am sick and tired of you fucking losers thinking kylo ren is the man and ben solo was his past. motherfuckers!!! ben solo is the man and kylo ren is his mask!! A FUCKING FACADE!!! i know kylo ren stans tend to be anti reylos but MY GOD DID WE WATCH THE SAME FILMS?????
SOME OF YOU DONT UNDERSTAND SUBTEXT SO IM GONNA SPELL IT OUT FOR YOU
when ben says get rid of the past that doesn’t mean to forget the person you are and how life has shaped you, it means to heal from the trauma from your past and create your own story.
the context of the scene where he says this line (is one of the most reylo moments so idk what the fuck y’all are thinking when u use it as evidence to mischaracterize kylo ren) is him speaking to rey. he’s begging rey to come with him, to stop waiting for her parents, to stop waiting to impress the first parental figure she sees.
he tells her that she’s nothing, she’s no one, but she could be. it doesn’t matter why her parents left her or who they were, it matters who she decides she wants to be.
that’s the whole fucking theme of STAR WARS!!! it doesn’t matter where you come from or who your parents were, it matters what kind of person you decide to be! the actions you choose to take!
anakin goes through it! luke and leia go through it! rey and ben go through it! jyn erso goes through it! ashoka goes through it!!han solo goes through it! THE FUCKING MANDALORIAN GOES THROUGH IT BECAUSE ITS THE CONSTANT THEME OF STAR WARS!!!!
and because it’s a struggle we as people all face, that’s what makes your characters relatable, when you make them human. when we see the struggles they face and recognize that we face those same struggles, it’s how you write and portray good characters and a good plot.
Ben Solo doesn’t bury the past so he can be kylo ren in peace, he buries it because he decides to try and heal from his trauma and make up for his past mistakes.
He saves Rey because he loves her, he has a deep connection with her(bro they’re literally soulmates idk what more canonical proof you need that reylo is real) he comes to her aid because it’s his doing that the first order wasn’t wiped out after the throne room, it’s his fault his parents and his uncle are dead(to be clear it’s not really his fault leia is dead, that was her doing, but luke and han??yeah that one was on him)
and he brings her back to life because if he can save her, let her live so she can do good because she’s so young and she sees so much good in everyone and she’ll change the Galaxy the way he always wanted to, then it doesn’t matter what he did before, it doesn’t matter who either of their parents were or who they waited for. it matters that they go forward(and i will talk about that fucked up ending another day BUT) and they choose the paths they take from that point on
his character arc isn’t forgetting who you are and creating a new persona(show me a single time in Star Wars that worked out well for any of them, do it, i dare you) it’s about healing and learning from your past traumas as well as your mistakes but to not let them define you. you get to choose your path, the type of person you want to be.
and in his last moments, Ben Solo chose to be himself, he chose to be vulnerable and emotional instead of letting his past make him closed off and full of hate. he chose love and let it surround him in his final moments