– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Fans had choice thoughts regarding many different aspects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Be it the main characters, the overall story, or its treatment of the villains, fans aren’t hurting for topics to discuss.

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One thing some fans point to as a disappointment was its non-use of the Knights of Ren. These were the characters Kylo Ren was seen standing next to in the Force Awakens flashback, but despite us going deeper into Kylo’s own mindset, the Knights of Ren were nowhere to be seen. Speaking on the Empire Podcast, director Rian Johnson discussed why he didn’t use them.

“I guess I could’ve used them in place of the Praetorian guards but then it would feel like wasting them because all those guards had to die. And if Kylo had some kind of connection to them it would’ve added a complication that wouldn’t have helped the scene…truth is I just didn’t see a place for them in the movie.”

In just a few sentences, Johnson also managed to debunk one prominent fan theory — that the Praetorian guards that Kylo Ren and Rey dispatch in the film were indeed the other members of the Knights of Ren. I can definitely understand his reasoning. You can’t just have Kylo Ren kill these guys if they ARE the Knights of Ren, as he has a history with them, and once you add in that element, you’re already adding in several minutes of potential complications.

Whether or not you’re pro-The Last Jedi, the plus side of this reveal is that it gives room for J.J. Abrams to utilize the gang in Episode IX.

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SOURCE: Empire Podcast (via MovieWeb)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.