Forever Will It Dominate Your Destiny
We’re focusing on the Dark Siders, namely Kylo Ren, his Knights and Supreme Leader Snoke. The Force Awakens left several questions around this crew. What are the Knights of Ren all about? What’s next for Kylo? Seriously, who is Snoke?
This is the finale of our three-part speculation series on Star Wars Ep. VII. Part 1 covered a theory of Luke being evil and what kind of Star Wars we’d see from J.J. Abrams. Part 2 focused on Rey’s Lineage and the Expanded Universe. I reference both episodes so it might be worth a look back for context.
Be wary of spoilers in the episode itself, in addition to this write-up.
The Pathos of Kylo Ren
Luke lost Ben Solo to the Dark Side, just as Obi-Wan lost Anakin. I speculate on what we might see from Kylo in the next installments and try to imagine the Solo family dynamics, especially their feelings towards Uncle Luke. Could we see Ben on a redemption arc?
He’s the Supreme Leader, Sure; but Who is Snoke?
Leia believes Snoke was ultimately responsible for Ben’s fall, not Luke’s failing as a teacher. Anakin’s path to the Dark Side played on his love for Padme; what hooked Ben Solo? I get the impression Snoke is somebody we know, perhaps even someone we’ve met already. It feels like he should have strong ties to the main characters, as well.
I take a look at some of the prominent Snoke theories and throw out a crackpot idea of my own.
The Bird’s Nest
The Knights of Ren didn’t do a thing in The Force Awakens. They appeared onscreen for about two minutes. Still, there’s a slew of speculation on these guys. What might they be up to? Where did they come from? Let’s guess!
Grand Admiral Thrawn, created by Timothy Zahn in Heir to the Empire
Aftermath, a “What Next?” Star Wars novel by Chuck Wendig
Rian Johnson on IMDb
Looper on IMDb