The Knights of Ren are one aspect of the Star Wars sequels we’ve yet to really see explored, and The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson revealed why he didn’t write them into Episode VIII.
Currently, our only glimpse of the Knights comes from the Force visions Rey gets after touching Anakin’s lightsaber in The Force Awakens. We got to see more of the destruction of Luke’s new generation of Jedi in The Last Jedi, but the Knights of Ren were absent from those flashbacks. Some people actually assumed the Praetorian guards in Supreme Leader Snoke’s throne room were the Knights of Ren, but this was clearly not the case.
The reason they were left out is a very simple one: they didn’t need to be in the movie. Rian Johnson said while speaking on the Empire podcast:
“We have a very full movie already there literally was just not room for another element. I guess I could’ve used them in place of the Praetorian guards but then it would feel like wasting them because all those guards had to die. And if Kylo had some kind of connection to them it would’ve added a complication that wouldn’t have helped the scene… Truth is, I just didn’t see a place for them in the movie.”
Simple and smart, they just didn’t fall into the story. But with one movie in the trilogy left, maybe J.J. Abrams will choose to elaborate on the Knights of Ren in Episode IX. Other than being led by Kylo Ren, we don’t really know a whole lot about them. But as The Last Jedi proves, the only things important to the story are the things the movie itself focuses on.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters now.
Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is directed by Rian Johnson and stars Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Andy Serkis