Fans of Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren in the Disney Star Wars trilogy have been reporting on social media that they have been experiencing severe mental trauma and emotional breakdowns over the death of the character in Star Wars: The Rise of Skwyalker.

Following the premiere of the film in theaters, numerous fans began to express their anger at director J.J. Abrams over the decision to kill Kylo Ren near the end of the film, with some even directing vague threats of violence towards him:

@ jj abrams, i will find you and i will kill you

𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐞.‏ (@sunflowill) December 22nd, 2019

Fans have also been self-reporting serious mental and emotional trauma as a result of this plot point, including fits of extreme crying and depression, with some even turning to mental health professionals for assistance in dealing with their emotions:

In one extreme case shared to the /r/AITA (Am I The Asshole?) subreddit, user /u/Inevitable-Tip detailed in a since-deleted post how a friend of his had “a breakdown outside [the theater], absolutely hysterical and in tears, balling her eyes out and screaming because the guy dies.”

Fans Self-Reporting Mental Breakdowns and Trauma, Threatening J.J. Abrams Over Kylo Ren’s Ending in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Fans Self-Reporting Mental Breakdowns and Trauma, Threatening J.J. Abrams Over Kylo Ren’s Ending in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

 

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