Fans first saw Kylo Ren’s helmet in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, only for the villain to destroy it in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but director of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker J.J. Abrams notes that the helmet has returned for the new film as a way to visually represent the character’s internal struggle.
Abrams shares about the mask
“Having him be masked, but also fractured, is a very intentional thing,” Abrams shared. “Like that classic Japanese process of taking ceramics and repairing them, and how the breaks in a way define the beauty of the piece as much as the original itself. As fracted as Ren is, the mask becomes a visual representation of that. There’s something about this that tells his history. His mask doesn’t ultimately hide him and his behavior is revealed.”
Fans of Kylo Ren’s nature
Since the sequel trilogy’s debut, fans have been attracted to Kylo Ren’s complex nature, leaving us to speculate whether there is any good remaining in him or whether he’s gone too far to the Dark Side to go beyond redemption. Not only are audiences curious about what the character might have in store for The Rise of Skywalker, but Rey also hopes that he will be able to leave behind his villainous ways.
Most interesting scenes
A scene from Star Wars
“Some of the most interesting scenes in [Star Wars:] The Last Jedi are the conversations between Rey and Ren,” Rise of Skywalker writer Chris Terrio previously explained. “We’ve tried to pick up that complicated relationship that really has been present ever since the interrogation in Episode VII. When Ren takes off his mask, there’s a nakedness about him with Rey that he doesn’t express to anyone else. [writer/director] Rian [Johnson] developed that in fascinating ways and we’ve been able to develop it even further.”
The upcoming film won’t just be bringing back Kylo’s helmet, but it’s also set to see the return of Emperor Palpatine for the first time since his “death” in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. With the new film set to conclude the entire Skywalker Saga, audiences will see a number of unexpected elements appear for a fulfilling finale.