Does Kylo Ren and the First Order Worship at the Altar of Vader in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’?


by: S. Scott Stanikmas

One of the most enigmatic characters to come along in a while, Kylo Ren, has captured the imagination of many Star Wars fans. From the unconventional lightsaber to the baddass outfit, he may be this generation’s Boba Fett.

I like that J.J. Abrams doesn’t want to give too much away before the film comes out. Sometimes it’s better to find things out in the theater. But in a recent interview with Empire, Abarams decided to spill the beans on some aspects of Kylo Ren…and in typical J.J. Abrams fashion those answers only yielded more questions.

Abrams said emphatically that Kylo Ren is not a Sith but that he “works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.”

So he definitely works for the Dark Side. Check. But he may not even be a part of the First Order, just a merc for hire. But what about the CGI rendered Snoke and his First Order? What role do they play?

Apparently Abrams said that the First Order isn’t made up of only former Imperial Officers though. They “all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again” instead of going into hiding?

“Could The First Order exist as a group that actually admired The Empire?” the director questioned. “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?”

Are you telling me that the First Order worships Darth Vader and looks upon his visage like a holy image? That’s a little insane…but also kind of cool. I mean, haven’t we as fans been doing that for the last thirty years ourselves?

Either way, we’ll find out for sure on December 18, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters.

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