This weekend’s SNL, with host Adam Driver and musical guest Halsey, was arguably the strongest episode of the season (Chance the Rapper and Eddie Murphy are also in contention), and the best sketch was also the most anticipated. Nearly four years to the day after the world was introduced to Matt the Technician, Driver reprised his role as Kylo Ren in “Undercover Boss: Where Are They Now,” which takes place between the events of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. It couldn’t take place after The Rise of Skywalker, because, well, you know… If you don’t know, beware, spoilers are coming.
In Episode IX, Kylo Ren tracks down Emperor Palpatine; urges Rey to join him so they can take down her grandpa Sheev together; gets Force-healed by Rey; renounces the “Kylo Ren” name and becomes Ben Solo again; helps Rey defeat Palpatine; then dies. Star Wars has brought characters back from the dead before, but no matter how many times #SaveBenSolo trends, Ben/Kylo/Matt/Randy/whatever can’t be saved; he’s gone.
That’s partially because Driver doesn’t seem interested in playing the character again in a spin-off or Disney+ series, but considering the response to The Rise of Skywalker, I’m also guessing Disney is ready to leave the Skywalker Saga characters behind for good. Which means, SNL was probably the last time we’ll ever see Driver as Kylo Ren, with or without the high pants. Some Star Wars fans are having a hard time processing this.
I loved the new Undercover Boss but now I can’t help but break a little at the thought that’s the last time we will see Adam Driver as Kylo Ren. You will be missed… #SaveBenSolo pic.twitter.com/v2ISFg6HED
— 🌈 Deea 🦄 Space Waffles 🍭 (@poopsiekittens) January 26, 2020
"adam driver plays for the last time supreme leader kylo ren on saturday night live" pic.twitter.com/ykMYufpel7
— 𝚐𝚛𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚊 (@benskylo) January 26, 2020
me enjoying the kylo ren script they made for snl but knowing it’s the last time adam driver will ever play him again pic.twitter.com/BcqCoioYqi
— adam driver’s pr manager ❦ (@freyasolo) January 26, 2020
I can't believe snl and adam driver really gave us kylo/ben back so tros will forever not be the last we ever saw of him, I'm not crying, you're crying pic.twitter.com/kDMxFwSXnY
— nobody from nowhere (@driversphinx) January 26, 2020
If never thought I hear a Star Wars character say “deez Nutz” and “okay boomer”but man this is will probably be the last time Adam Driver will play Kylo Ren Adam you were fantastic as Kylo https://t.co/02vqz2B3gG
— SeanReviews #TLJGang #Sonicmoviehypesqua (@SReviewsgaming) January 26, 2020
I shall try to hold in my tears as I think of how this was the last time I will see Adam Driver playing Ben Solo playing Kylo Ren
— Prince Of Alderaan (@AbbyOfAlderaan) January 26, 2020
when you realize last night was probably the last time we will ever see adam driver as kylo ren
— ☆ ashlyn // s15 spoilers ahead ☆ (@gcldengubler) January 26, 2020
WARNING: TROS SPOILERS
I’m crying in church because my best friend just said that the last time Adam Driver played Kylo was last night on SNL and I’m not ok.
— Gwen (@loveygwen) January 26, 2020
just realized that’s the last time we’ll ever see adam driver as kylo ren . sucks
— liv (@chewsbaccas) January 26, 2020
— 𝙻𝙰 ☽ ✩ (@cvtepeter) January 26, 2020
That should be a thumbs-down. If you haven’t watched, here’s the sketch.