A new series of covers from Empire magazine has given fans an in-depth look at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker's main villain and his personal entourage, the Knights of Ren. Although mentioned in previous films in the Star Wars franchise, viewers have yet to see the Knights of Ren in action, but the upcoming finale to the Skywalker saga has promised Kylo Ren's equally evil-looking army will play an important role in the story's conclusion.
Although Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi proved to be more divisive than anyone had anticipated, excitement for the latest (and, in many ways, last) entry in the long-running Star Wars series has only continued to grow ahead of the film's December 20th release date. While the franchise's new owners, Disney, are happy to continue to make changes to the original Star Wars on Disney+, even going as far as to add yet another edit into the infamous "Who shot first" scene between Han and Greedo, many fans are simply waiting for the next theatrical entry to tie up the series' multitude of loose ends.
Now, thanks to a new series of covers from Empire, fans have gotten a closer look at who Kylo Ren chooses to associate with, and they don't look too friendly. One of them appears to be wearing a bandolier stocked with thermal detonators, and another is sporting a mask which would not look out of place in some sort of samurai film. Other Knights appear to be wearing helmets quite similar to the one Kylo Ren is known for, although theirs have more of welding mask quality to them.
The saga ends. Empire’s MASSIVE new #StarWars: #TheRiseOfSkywalker issue arrives Thurs 28 Nov – with exclusive images and interviews, bonus Skywalker Saga magazine celebrating the nine-film epic, and a limited-edition Dark Rey art card. READ MORE: https://t.co/yN3RoznU6P pic.twitter.com/J5cmvNcBuU— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) November 22, 2019
According to Star Wars comic books, Kylo Ren (back when he was still known as Ben Solo) and Luke Skywalker once did battle with the Knights of Ren, back before Supreme Leader Snoke exploited Luke's training in order to turn the young apprentice over to the dark side. While it's unlikely the upcoming Rise of Skywalker film will delve too deep into Kylo's history with his black-clad guardians, it will be interesting to see how much he truly commands them.
There's only a little less than a month left until Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker releases in theaters worldwide, and soon fans of the series will know exactly what lies in store for series newcomers like Rey, Poe, and Finn, as well as long-time characters Leia Organa, C-3P0, and Chewbacca. While no finale will be complete without a little action, here's hoping the formidable-looking Knights of Ren don't eliminate anyone fans care too deeply for, like BB-8.