“Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens” saw the introduction of the new villain, Kylo Ren, played by the fantastic Adam Driver. As far as we know he’s the leading member of a legion called the “Knights of Ren” and as you should also by now know, Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa’s only son.
The Knights of Ren appear to be under the control of the mysterious supreme leader Snoke, and are directly responsible for destroying Luke Skywalker’s new Jedi order. This became evident in Rey’s vision when she made contact with Anakin Skywalker’s old lightsaber, but how did this gang of dark side wielders come to be? After the suppression of the Galactic Empire and what appears to be the true extinction of the Sith, how did an evil of equal status manage to find its way back into the Star Wars universe?
Previous rumours and leaks pointed towards the Knights possibly being fallen Padawans of Luke’s that banded together, with one going rogue before being slaughtered by Kylo Ren himself. However, an official new novel called “Aftermath: Empire’s End” appears to have possibly given us a canon answer.
The new book describes a new group called the Acolytes of the Beyond, who are believed to later on become the Knights of Ren. They are led by the Emperor’s old advisor, Yupe Tashu, and are sent on a mission to retrieve Darth Vader’s lightsaber. While on their search they start having dark side visions of ancient Sith Lords, similar to the ones the Emperor had towards the end of his life. The main thing that gives us the nod is they all wear masks, just like Vader, Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren. It’s also said that they have to earn these masks, as they contain dark side power to them, as well as being worn in honour of Darth Vader.
I’m sure all will be revealed properly in December upon the Release of “The Last Jedi” but until then, this is the best information we’ve got. I don’t know about you, but I’m beyond excited for it.