One of the key plot twists in “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker” (2019) revolves around the character of General Armitage Hux, who is revealed to be a spy working against the First Order from within its own ranks.
General Hux: A High-Ranking Official in the First Order
General Hux, portrayed by actor Domhnall Gleeson, is a prominent figure within the First Order. As the commanding officer of Starkiller Base in “The Force Awakens” and a top official in subsequent films, Hux is initially portrayed as a loyal adherent to the First Order’s cause.
Turning Against the First Order
However, in “The Rise of Skywalker,” Hux’s loyalties take a surprising turn. During a pivotal moment in the film, he helps Resistance fighters Poe Dameron, Finn, and Chewbacca escape from the First Order’s Star Destroyer. It’s then that Hux reveals his secret: he is the spy who has been passing critical information to the Resistance.
The Motive Behind the Betrayal
When asked why he’s betraying the First Order, Hux’s response is not born out of any newfound loyalty to the Resistance or a change of heart regarding the First Order’s ruthless tactics. Instead, he reveals his motivation is simply that he wants Kylo Ren, the First Order’s leader, to lose. This underlines his resentment and rivalry with Ren, showing that his actions are driven more by personal animosity than ideological reasons.
General Hux’s revelation as the spy within the First Order adds an unexpected twist to the plot of “The Rise of Skywalker.” His betrayal underscores the internal power struggles within the First Order and showcases the extent of his personal rivalry with Kylo Ren. Hux’s actions as a spy, driven by personal motivations rather than ideological change, add complexity to his character and contribute to the intricate web of alliances and conflicts in the Star Wars saga.
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