The Knights of Ren have been officially unveiled. New images from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker confirm their mysterious return as J.J. Abrams gives them direction. Star Wars fans have been waiting since 2015's The Force Awakens to see the villainous characters make an appearance again. The Last Jedi seemed like the most logical place to see them, but Rian Johnson had them on the sidelines, which obviously angered a certain group of fans.
The Dark Side warriors are still shrouded in mystery, but at least we know that the previous leaks were very real and accurate. Everything from the supposed fake poster leaked earlier this year has proven to be true, even Klad, the goofy-looking alien has proven to be real. While we can see the Knights of Ren in the behind-the-scenes image, it's not clear what is going on, but they appear to be on Jakku and they have the weapons, which have also been shown in previous leaks, albeit in cartoon form and the aforementioned leaked poster.
The Rise of Skywalker images also come with a blurb suggesting Kylo Ren is taking down the Knights of Ren in the movie. This has been the rumor for quite a while, with some fans being under the assumption that the Knights are going to be pretty upset about the death of Supreme Leader Snoke. We get a tease of this in the trailer, but it is shown out of context. With that being said, it looks like we are going to see even more conflict within Kylo Ren this time around.
As for seeing more Knight of Ren in the future, J.J. Abrams has said he would like to see a Star Wars spin-off movie on them. He talked about this in 2016 when the road was looking pretty crowded with upcoming Star Wars projects. Now that the lanes are clear, it looks like our chances of seeing their backstory on the big screen are looking pretty slim. However, depending on the reaction to The Rise of Skywalker, we could end up seeing them return for a possible Disney+ streaming service TV series.
As far as the future of the Skywalker saga, The Rise of Skywalker is the final movie. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has teased that some of the characters introduced in the latest trilogy could make a return at some point down the line, so why not let the mysterious Knights of Ren get a chance in the spotlight. Demystifying them would go a long way in pleasing some hardcore Star Wars fans who are looking for some more First Order origins. Whatever the case may be, we should all just satisfied to know they are included in The Rise of Skywalker. You can check out the Knights of Ren below, thanks to Vanity Fair.