JJ Abrams Explains Kylo Ren's Table of Ashes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 - 1:19PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tuesday, 05 April 2016 - 1:19PM
JJ Abrams Explains Kylo Ren's Table of Ashes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens now out on Blu-Ray and Digital platforms, fans can examine the latest Star Wars movie in a whole new level of detail. However, far from giving us clarity, such scrutiny can often raise even more questions, most of which won't be answered until Episode 8 at the very earliest. 

With the exception of Rey, none of The Force Awakens' major characters have been the subject of more questions and speculation than Kylo Ren (Snoke isn't 'major'....yet). Despite being the subject of many revelations in the movie, the wannabe Sith Lord remains something of an enigma. From the formation of the Knights of Ren to his time training under Luke Skywalker, it would seem that there's still much to learn about Ben Solo/Kylo Ren, but in a recent interview with EW JJ Abrams revealed new details about the character, namely what the deal is with that table of ashes in his quarters.


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When Kylo is interrogating Rey we see him take off his mask and slam it into a dusty table of ashes. Abrams explained what the ashes were, before revealing that we could have seen it featured much earlier in the movie.

Opening quote
"The backstory is, that that table has the ashes of the enemies he's killed," said Abrams. "That moment was actually shot for, and meant to be used in, the scene where he was talking to the Vader mask."
Abrams continued "He originally had his mask off the first time we shot that scene. Then we reshot it with his mask on, but we had that shot which I loved and thought was so cool of the mask being slammed down into that ash," Abrams says. "So that shot was stolen from the scene that we had changed and put into the scene with Rey."
Closing quote

So it looks like Kylo Ren was more than just an emo Sith wannabe, he was a seriously dark and twisted soul. Given all of Kylo's inner conflict, it could be that he keeps the ashes of his foes as a reminder of his Dark Side– a kind of trophy that reminds him that, no matter how strong the call to the light is, he's still on a path to emulating his grandfather.

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