Almost a week after the release in the theaters of Star Wars: The rise of Skywalker continues to be discussed (obviously) of the final chapter of the saga written and directed by JJ Abrams, which among other things has given some space also to the mistreated Knights of Ren introduced in The Awakening of the Force.
At the beginning of the film, we are not given much new info about this group of Knights apparently led by Kylo Ren ( Adam Driver ). Let’s say apparently because it is immediately clear how the Knights of Ren do not actually have a real leader, led for three-quarters of films by Kylo until he returns to the identity of Ben Solo, making amends for his sins on Endor and running to the rescue of Rey (Daisy Ridley ) on Exagol.
Here he tackles the Knights alone but no explanations are yet given on the formation, which however comes from the supplementary comic The Rise of Kylo Ren. Written by Charles Soulethis serves as the entire prequel to the New Trilogy and documents the passage of Ben Solo to Kylo Ren. Doing so also analyzes the birth of the Knights of Ren, on which Soule told Star Wars.com: ” They can use the Force, to be exact the Dark Side of the Force, at various levels. They are not as powerful as a Jedi or a Sith, but they are able to use the Force in combat. They have a sort of code, almost like a gang of motorcyclists, but it is not so elaborate. They are very flexible. Basically, they live as they want to live and take everything they the Galaxy and the Dark Side has to offer. “
It also turns out that the Knights exist long before the arrival of Ben Solo as the leader of the group. Apparently it was initially led by a certain Ren, whom Soule described as a charming character who wanted to be a kind of Darth Vader. In the comic, it is also explained how Ren is the term with which the Knights indicate the Lightsabers, and among them, the only one to use one is precisely Kylo Ren.
In their jargon, Ren identifies a master, the same one who recruits Force manipulators into the group. This means that there is a figure above the Knights and Kylo Ren himself, which also explains why they eventually rebel against what was thought to be their leader. They actually answer a few figures higher, perhaps Palpatine himself, being at the bottom of Exagol without having been called by Ben.
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