Warning: SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Final Jedi are forward!
When he turned to the darkish aspect, Ben Solo solid apart his previous identify and adopted the moniker Kylo Ren. Nonetheless, he is not the one character within the Star Wars universe to undertake the Ren title. In actual fact, there’s a complete group of them in a galaxy far, far-off. Though The Force Awakens confirmed a fast glimpse of the Knights of Ren, Kylo’s fellow darkish aspect customers had been nowhere to be seen in The Final Jedi. When just lately requested in regards to the Knights’ absence, director Rian Johnson famous that he determined to go away them out as a result of Episode VIII was already full of numerous characters and materials. Johnson defined:
You possibly can see we’ve a really full film already. There actually was simply not room for an additional ingredient at them. I suppose I may’ve used them instead of the Praetorian guards, however then it will really feel like losing them as a result of I knew all these guards needed to die fairly shortly. And if Kylo had some type of connection to them, it will’ve added a complication that would not have helped the scene. So the reality is I simply did not see a spot for them within the film.
Apart from Supreme Leader Snoke offhandedly mentioning the Knights of Ren throughout Star Wars: The Final Jedi, there weren’t any direct references to them within the film, so one could not be faulted for probably forgetting that they are floating round someplace. As Johnson famous, the Knights may have changed the Paretorian guards, however contemplating how necessary the Knights are recommended to be, in addition to how Rey and Kylo finally killed all of the Praetorian guards in Snoke’s throne room, utilizing the Knights as a substitute would have been a waste of their potential. Nonetheless, earlier than delivering the above quote throughout his interview with The Empire Film Podcast, Rian Johnson mentioned that he does discover the Knights of Ren fascinating “intriguing who they’re.” So if director J.J. Abrams and author Chris Terrio select to incorporate the Knights in Episode IX, Johnson is curious to know extra about them.
To date our solely have a look at the Knights of Ren comes from Rey’s Pressure imaginative and prescient in The Pressure Awakens, the place the Knights had been seen with Kylo surrounded by slaughtered our bodies throughout a rain storm. It was additionally implied, however not confirmed, in The Final Jedi that the Knights had been a few of Luke Skywalker’s different college students on the Jedi academy who left with Ben after the temple was destroyed and Luke’s remaining college students had been killed. Since Episode IX is wrapping up this Star Wars trilogy in 2019, and Rian Johnson’s upcoming Star Wars trilogy will likely be separate from the Skywalker saga, that film would be the final alternative to totally introduce the Knights, so here is hoping that Abrams and Terrio select to make clear who they’re, if not outright present them in motion.
Star Wars: The Final Jedi continues to be enjoying in theaters, and Episode IX will likely be launched on December 20, 2019.