Kylo’s No Sith, and Other The Force Awakens Details Revealed

This morning’s revelatiosn aren’t as earth-shattering as some of the reveals we’ve had over the last couple weeks.  But as mysterious as the new characters are in The Force Awakens, fans are eager for anything they can get their hands on.  Today brings some tidbits about our villains (argulably the coolest people).  

We already knew that Kylo Ren was something of a monniker, marking him as part of the Knights of Ren, but many still wondered if it was a Sith sect or if our new villains would have ties to the ancient Jedi enemy.  JJ Abrams confirmed to Empire that: 

“Kylo Ren is not a Sith…He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.”

While many of us had assumed that for a little bit, it’s nice to hear something official in regards to his character, while simultaneously getting confirmation that Snoke is also a dark side user (which we also assumed).  However, this makes the Knights of Ren even more mysterious.  Where have they been all this time?  They obviously have dark side connections, so are they an off shoot following the downfall of the Sith in Return of the Jedi?  

Star Wars Force Awakens First Order fleet

We’ll likely have to wait until the film releases to get that information, but tody also brings some clarification on The First Order.  Since we learned of their name, many have assumed the First Order is what the Galactic Empire turned into in the 30 years between films…but that doesn’t seem to be the case: 

“That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again?’” Abrams reveals. “What could be born of that? Could The First Order exist as a group that actually admired The Empire? Could the work of The Empire be seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see through what didn’t get done?”

It’s an interesting analogy considering the Nazi history has always had an impact on the story/lore of Star Wars.  Perhaps this means the Imperials were cast aside, but group of loyalists, hiding out, have decided it’s time to bring the galaxy back into order the way it was “meant to be”.  Sort of like neo-Imperials…

And that’s about it!  Empire promises a little more information in the magazine itself when it releases later this week, but for now, this is what we have.  Not much, as I said, but every little bit helps lessen the mystery surrounding the film.  What do you guys think about these new details?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, 2015