The imminent issue of Empire Magazine is set to give us quite a few new tidbits about Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens. Even though we recently learned of Kylo Ren’s membership in the enigmatic Knights of Ren not long ago, director J.J. Abrams has a particular assumption about the new villain he’d like to clear up.
Based on his attire and his signifying red lightsaber, many fans understandably assumed that he would be Sith Lord or Apprentice. But according to Abrams, that’s not the case. “[He] is not a Sith. [Kylo Ren] works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.”
Supreme Leader Snoke is in fact Andy Serkis’s fully performance capture character. Seems like he’ll end up being the Sequel Trilogy’s Big Bad, much like Emperor Palpatine Was in the Original Trilogy.
The question of what officially or technically makes one a Sith in the Star Wars universe involves quite a lot of backstory. But for the purposes of brevity and relevance, the gist is that only those reared by or descended from the original founders of the Order of the Sith are technically Sith. For example, Darth Sidious the Emperor was technically and truly the Dark Lord of the Order of the Sith and Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader, joined the Sith after falling to the Dark Side from the Jedi Order, technically making him a Dark Jedi.
Those who do not originate from either the Sith or the Jedi who embrace the Dark Side of the Force are technically Dark Force Users, like Kylo Ren.
We’ll see how important this ends up being in the movie, which will answer that and many more questions December 18th.
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