JJ Abrams Reveals Who's a Sith and Who's Not in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 - 10:16AM
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 - 10:16AM
JJ Abrams Reveals Who's a Sith and Who's Not in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The word Sith is one that is synonymous with all the great villains throughout Star Wars history. Darth Vader, Darth Maul and Emperor Palpatine (Darth Sidious) all fell under the Sith banner, but what about the next big Star Wars bad guy? Adam Driver's Kylo Ren has become the poster boy for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but other than the fact that he is something of a Darth Vader obsessive, we don't know much about the masked lightsaber customizer.

But that veil of mystery could all change now, because Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams has reportedly revealed more details on the origins of some of his movie's darker characters.

Possible spoilers ahead! (Click to reveal)


Speaking in Empire's Winter Preview Issue, Abrams apparently claims that Kylo Ren is "not a Sith" and that it is actually the even more mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke who is the movie's major force wielding villain.

Of course, just because Kylo Ren is not a Sith, that's not to say he can't be a total force-sensitive badass. If Ren works for Supreme Leader Snoke (played by Andy Serkis), it could be in a role similar to that of The Inquisitor from Star Wars Rebels. In the animated show, The Inquisitor was a force-sensitive being who had been trained in the ways of the Dark Side by none other than Darth Vader, but was not a Sith.




It's worth stating the issue of Empire Magazine in which the quote reportedly comes from has not been released yet, and Collider, who obtained the quote offer little to no context or explanation for the soundbite. One quote that they did offer some context on was regarding Abrams' comments on the origins of The First Order. In the interview, Abrams draws similarities between The First Order and the Nazis, which is a similarity that was clear for all to see in that recent shot of their military might from the International Trailer.

Here's what Abrams said.

Opening quote
That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again? 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?
Closing quote

The idea of Darth Vader being seen as a martyr for the dark side cause is certainly an interesting one to chew on, and it would certainly be a nice driving force behind the motivations of Snoke and The First Order. Whether or not the Order stays true to those motivations throughout the new Star Wars saga however, remains to be seen.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in theaters on December 18th
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