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Will The Rise of Skywalker Finally Give the Knights of Ren Their Due?

Following the release of the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, fans have a bunch of new footage from the film to examine and, of course, try to figure out the movie's biggest plot points. While the trailer offered us glimpses of where Rey, Poe and Finn are now and what they will be up to, we were left with far more questions than answers.

However, perhaps one of the bigger questions that has been asked ever since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens persists: Will we finally see the Knights of Ren in action? The trailer may not have given any hints that the mysterious order will be in the film, but hopefully J.J. Abrams' The Rise of Skywalker finally gives them their proper due.

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The Knights were first mentioned, and later seen, in The Force Awakens. The group made a very brief appearance during Rey's Force-induced vision, which revealed the characters' various looks. We know only that Kylo Ren is their leader, and that his surname is a title in the order.

While The Last Jedi didn't feature the group in the slightest, they still received an indirect mention. In fact, this film is where we would learn that some of these Knights were once students of Luke Skywalker, like Kylo Ren.

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However, this is all we have to go on. For all of their mentions, the latest Star Wars films have yet to give this mysterious order anything more than a minor cameo. One can only hope that The Rise of Skywalker is where we will finally see the Knights unleash their full might.

After all, the circumstances of Rey's vision in The Force Awakens were never made clear. We never found out if the glimpse she caught of the Knights standing in the rain was in the past or the future. Could this fateful scene finally come up in The Rise of Skywalker?

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

While the trailer for The Rise of Skywalker showed plenty of footage of the trio of heroes at the center of the film, it barely featured any footage of Kylo Ren, meaning that we have no idea what the villain will be up to in the movie. Therefore, his absence from most of the trailer could be telling. Perhaps Kylo will finally join back with his order of Knights, something that would explain why he's seen fixing his helmet in the teaser. If Kylo is to lead his brotherhood once again, then he will need to look the part.

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Hopefully, the Knights' absence in the trailer is indicative of their presence in the film. After all, they have been slowly built up over four years and two films now, and it's more than time that we see them in action. J.J. Abrams first set up the order in The Force Awakens and, now that he's back to complete the trilogy, we certainly hope that he will give fans a proper payoff for one of the coolest, most mysterious aspect of Disney's new Star Wars films.

Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives Dec. 20.

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