Who ARE the Knights of Ren?

Since images of these mysterious characters first appeared during promotion of The Force Awakens. Fans have been clamoring for more information about them. In this article we will look at early concept art, current images, and discuss who they may actually be.

Concept Art

From The Art of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Early concept art shows they are not vastly different than they appear in the final film. However, it is interesting to see the more Samurai look approach they took with them early on.

The Force Awakens

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Sadly we were misled in our hopes of seeing any real action sequences or really anything of the Knights in The Force Awakens. The FORCE BACK scene we do see them in shows their intimidation factor. But nothing else.

Early theories about the Knights of Ren had them as former students of Luke Skywalker who joined Ben Solo the destruction of Luke’s Temple.

Supreme Leader Snoke also mentions them when discussing the challenges ahead for Kylo Ren.

Even you, master of the Knights of Ren, have never faced such a test.

Supreme Leader Snoke

The Rise of Skywalker

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Knights of Ren being Directed by JJ Abrams on the Set of
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

The Rise of Skywalker will show us the return of the Knights of Ren, moreover we will finally get them actually participating in the film for more than just a single scene.

Above is a behind the scenes image of the Knights of Ren. This was in Jordan where many of the scenes for the Planet of Pasaana were shot. The trailers have shown that there appears to be a major action sequence there as well.

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Could it be the Knights of Ren they are trying to escape?

Vanity Fair described the Knights as “masked warriors with specialized weaponry who add an element of chaos to the war between the Resistance and the First Order” and compared their brutish look to those of the characters from the Mad Max film

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER The Visual Dictionary

The upcoming Visual dictionary for Episode IX will be out on December 20, 2019 and its speculated that there will be a good bit of information within.

As has been the case since The Force Awakens, Topps has released digital trading cards for the upcoming movie. (see above)

Interesting that the Knights don’t have individual names. However, if you are to believe Pablo Hidalgo of Lucasfilm, he says.

“They do have individual names but given the long lead times required for toys, the names weren’t finalized in time for that product.”

Pablo Hidalgo

We will leave it up to you whether you want to believe him or not. You would think the names were finalized during the scripting phase of production.

This just leads us to the next subject of discussion though.

Who ARE the Knights of Ren?

The Rise of Kylo Ren

In the upcoming second issue of ‘The Rise of Kylo Ren’, the four issue comic mini-series turns its focus to the origins of Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren. Interestingly it is revealed that a young Ben Solo and Luke Skywalker once fought side-by-side against the Knights of Ren.

On the cover of this issue, seen below, you can see Luke and Ben taking on a number of the Knights, one of which is holding a Red lightsaber!

While there are no other details released about this comic, fans will be able to learn more in January 2020 when The Rise of Kylo Ren #2 releases.

Theories

Is anyone really preparing for a new Star Wars movie if they aren’t theorizing about something? While no official details have been released on who the Knights of Ren are. We here at Shootin’ the Sith and the #Spoilerverse have a few theories that might be all poppycock… but surely make for good discussion.

Matt Smith

Since the casting of Matt Smith speculation has run rampant with who he could be playing. Some believe he will be a younger version of Palpatine or even a care taker. While others think that Matt Smith will be one of the Knights of Ren who turn on Kylo Ren. 
-Unknown

Anakin & the Knights of Ren

The  admiration that Kylo Ren has for his grandfather, Darth Vader, is rather intense. His desire to "Finish what he had started" is a focal point in the current trilogy thus far. With this obsession could it be that the Knights are clones of the Chosen One? Perhaps they are clones gone wrong and unable to utilize the Force. 
 -Unknown  

It’s a bit of a stretch, sure, but speculation is fun and with The Rise of Skywalker finishing off the saga connecting all 9 films together. Well anything is possible.

Elite Jedi Turned Bad

The Knights of Ren are a groups of the elite trained Jedi from Luke’s academy that Kylo was able to convert to them to Snoke's training. The other knights were on convert missions against the resistance. Now that Kylo is the new “Snoke” he’s tracking them down to either kill or make allegiances with.
-Colton Bird

This one is the most common of all the theories.

Knights of Ren “Höek”

They are clones of Ren Höek, trained in the ancient arts of the force.
- John Horsely

Dark Rey & The Knights of Ren

Much like the Anakin theory this one involves cloning. HOWEVER, there is a little more to go off of with what we have seen and learned so far in the past two films. Kylo knows about Rey, as seen in The Force Awakens when he is told about the girl on Jakku. Kylo is also a big fan of clones. Something he expresses in The Force Awakens to General Hux. 
Everyone want's so badly to believe that Rey is a somebody, but what if she was a child that Han and Leia saved from their son Ben? Would make Han's obvious knowledge of her, in Episode VII, make sense and Leia's trust in her a little more understandable as well. 
He Raw strength and knowledge of how to fight... Could be something implanted in her during her creation process. Not much different than how the Clone Troopers were manipulated in the Prequels. I'm not saying all of the Knights are versions of Rey. But rather clones or creations by something or someone darker. 
- Robert Slavinsky 

Personally I LOVE this theory…Yea it’s my own, but it also brings two BIG mysteries together and could be an interesting and radical reveal, if done right.

So who do you think they are? Let us know in the comments below.

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