Star Wars: The Force Awakens will bring together new characters as well as familiar faces from the original trilogy in a new adventure that director J.J. Abrams has kept a mystery. The new characters on the light side are Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and our new favorite droid BB-8. On the dark side we have Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis in another motion capture role), and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
Among the new things that have captured everyone’s attention and fascination is Kylo Ren’s crossguard lightsaber. Ever since it was introduced in the first teaser in November of last year, various theories about its origin and multiple explanations on how it works have surfaced online. Some say it’s not practical, some others find it to be the coolest weapon in the galaxy. To put an end to speculation on its mechanism, a proper explanation has been revealed.
A photo posted on Reddit shows a display at Disneyland that describes how Kylo Ren’s main weapon works. Judging by its light, which has a sketchy outline unlike every other lightsaber we’ve seen before, the main theory was that the crossguard lightsaber was made by Ren himself. The explanation on the picture seems to suggest as much.
It also proves that the blades, also known as quillons, come from the main central blade and are not separate mini-sabers as some people believed. The design being an ancient one could be the reason why it needs to vent. Or, simply, Kylo Ren felt the need to have a weapon that suggested a sense of history — which ties in with some of the themes of the film that have been revealed so far.
Although J.J Abrams has already stated Ren is not a Sith, it has been speculated that his main goal is to carry on with Darth Vader’s legacy. In addition to that, the First Order takes from the ideals of the Sith. It’s quite possible that, even though he is not a Sith, Kylo Ren takes an ancient design from those who came before the First Order to make a weapon that relies as much on a dark history as it does an inherent deadliness.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.