Kylo Ren's Appearance Change in The Last Jedi
Can we talk about continuity? There are big examples - characters being played by different actors or relations existing or being nonexistent when they were previously otherwise - and there are small examples - a door being left ajar but in the next scene it's closed shut, a lock of hair being out of place. Fans of the insanely popular Game of Thrones TV series, who also happened to have previously read the not yet quite so popular A Song of Fire and Ice book series, may have been mildly surprised when characters' previously distinguishing scars or other aspects of their personal aesthetic were removed or changed in the TV version.
The reason I bring up continuity and another series is because, though minor, you can expect a similar continuity change in how Kylo Ren will be depicted in The Last Jedi when compared to the end of The Force Awakens. During The Last Jedi teaser you probably noticed Kylo Ren for a few seconds. His scar had moved a bit, no longer running down the center of his face. Instead of running across the bridge of his nose it had shifted to the right, falling directly over his eye.
Admittedly, we can't see the bottom portion of his scar, so maybe that will remain consistent, though it should be interesting to see just how much of its placement has changed. This change does raise some questions about the importance of minor continuity details. Given the placement, it's still completely reasonable to claim that it was received the same way, and that nothing in the overall story has changed. Just a small, cosmetic change. Yet, how do you determine what is and isn't a reasonable change? There needs to be some line drawn in the sand about what changes can be made to something in such a large franchise just because of lack of foresight. I'm not saying this instance should be that line, but it could easily be justification for any other future changes that could snowball.
Admittedly, Rian Johnson's reason seems, if not valid, perfectly understandable.
Johnson, or Johnson and other Star Wars related people, believed it would have a more positive impact on Kylo's role if the scar was in a different place. Regardless of how one wants a character to be perceived, it's a fact that appearance can greatly enhance that perception or, worse, be a reductive force on how the character will be received by the general viewing public. Maybe this change will in fact be for the better. Some fans may complain about the change to his character for such a simple reason (a complaint I definitely understand) but with such a small change, how much will it really impact The Last Jedi once all is said and done.
So, I guess if you're looking for a reason why the scar moved that doesn't fall into the "they changed their mind" category, just go ahead and blame the Force.
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