Kylo Ren Goes Beyond Emo, Saves Ashes of Fallen Enemies

Kylo Ren helmet ashes

In case you haven’t heard (and if so, how in the world haven’t you?) Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released on Blu-ray today! Along with its release, Entertainment Weekly has dubbed this their “Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray week”, with today’s behind-the-scenes story featuring Kylo Ren and his table of ashes.

Not quite sure what I’m talking about? Well, Kylo Ren’s collection of ashes was on the table where he set down his helmet while he was interrogating Rey, and when J.J. Abrams was talking to EW about TFA deleted scenes, he mentioned that it was fun to “realize that something you’ve shot has a use you didn’t expect”. One of those things being, of course, Kylo Ren’s table of ashes.

Kylo Ren Darth VaderThe shot was originally meant to be part of the scene in which Kylo Ren talks to Vader’s mask, and Abrams explained, “The backstory is, that that table has the ashes of the enemies he’s killed.” What I’m a bit confused about is why the ashes were moved from Ren’s private quarters to an interrogation room – but then, maybe we’re supposed to question that right along with wondering exactly who the ashes belong to. Not to mention the general creepiness of the fact that he keeps the ashes of his ‘enemies’ around at all. EW called it “Dark Side nostalgia – and hoarding tendencies” but for all we know it could be some previously unheard of Dark Side/Knights of Ren ritual.

I understand where Abrams was coming from when he said that Kylo Ren “…used to place his mask gingerly onto a piece of the set, which was incredibly unimpressive…So this moment made it a much cooler beat”, because that’s absolutely the case. Now I just want to know whose ashes they are. And why Kylo Ren toted them to the interrogation room (or why he leaves them there, if that was outright changed from him leaving them in his private quarters).

Too bad we have to wait years to find out (if we ever do at all)…but at least for now there are something like half a dozen different versions of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray available for purchase. Have you ordered or picked up yours yet?

Author: Tara Lynne

Tara Lynne is a fandom and geek culture expert, public speaker, and character cosplayer who is best known for her Cersei Lannister (Game of Thrones), Starbuck (Battlestar Galactica), and Andrea (The Walking Dead) cosplays. She founded Ice & Fire Con, the first ever Game of Thrones convention in the US, and now runs its parent company Saga Event Planning.



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