Where Are the KNIGHTS of REN?
Where are the Knight of Ren? No, seriously... Where are the Knights of Ren?! I mean, they were there... But now they're nowhere to be seen. Which brings me back to my original question... Where the fu–
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In Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, everyone's second least favourite film of all time, the Knights of Ren were first mentioned by Supreme Leader Snoke. One badass flashback scene later and fans the world over were buzzing about the galaxy's latest group of dark side-users. So much so that YouTube channels and Reddit pages alike were coming up with all kinds of creative theories as to who exactly each member was. Flash forward one movie later, however, and the excitement for these mysterious warriors was swiftly killed by – well, the plot, I guess. Were they somehow linked to the daring crew from Rogue One? No! Were they all members of Snoke's Elite Praetorian Guard? No! Did they train under the tutelage of Luke Skywalker? No! Were they responsible for the death of the Jedi Master's students? No! Did they use the name Ren merely as a title? No! Actually... those last three points were all confirmed. I guess we did learn a few things from Rian Johnson's critically-acclaimed masterpiece... But the point is these dudes, these scallywags, these rapscallions have yet to appear by Kylo Ren's side during the First Order-Resistance conflict. Now, to me, that's a bit strange. I mean, why wouldn't you call upon your deadly allies in a time of need? Well, quite simply, they're all dead! D-E-A-D – dead! Nah, I'm only kidding. Having incredibly mysterious and hyped characters perish off-screen would be a colossal waste. At least bring them back in the sequel only to abruptly kill them off in the second act, am I right?!
In all seriousness, no one actually knows where the Knights of Ren went. Sure, their appearance in Episode VII could have been a flash-forward rather than a flashback. But I personally don't buy into this theory since Mr. Ren himself was wearing the very same mask he would later destroy aboard the Supremacy. Even director Rian Johnson isn't entirely sure what to think, stating:
“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.”
The only certainty we have is that there are at least six highly-skilled, Force-sensitive individuals roaming the galaxy – presumably waiting for the right time to impact the First Order-Resistance conflict. This, combined with fan backlash and a need to tie up loose ends in the final instalment of a trilogy, almost guarantees their return in Star Wars: Episode IX. J.J. Abrams, we believe in you! But what do you think? Will the Knights of Ren once more grace our silver screens? Where do you believe they've been hiding this entire time? Let's have a massive discussion in the comments below.