J.J. Abrams Has Revealed One Of Kylo Ren’s Dark Secrets

by : Tom Percival on : 06 Apr 2016 11:52

Despite Star Wars: The Force Awakens having been out for awhile now and the near endless discussion and speculation about the film there are still a few unanswered questions. 

It seems that a number of fans have been very curious about an odd piece of interior decorating in the First Orders torture chamber, specifically why there’s a big dusty podium in the room, that Kylo Ren dramatically places his helmet onto while interrogating Rey, according to the Entertainment Weekly.


Well luckily J.J. Abrams is on hand to let us know the super dark reason why that table of ashes is in the room. You see Kylo likes to collect things, but as you’d probably expect from a person who idolizes his evil granddad, he doesn’t hoard normal things, he collects the remains of his dead enemies.

Yeah, apparently the young Kylo collects the ashes of his slain foes and pops them all in a big bucket, that he keeps just to dramatically place his helmet in. Although there’s an interesting real world reason for why it ended up in Kylo’s dungeon.


Abrams explained: 

The backstory is, that that table has the ashes of the enemies he’s killed. That moment was actually shot for, and meant to be used in, the scene where he was talking to the Vader mask.

He originally had his mask off the first time we shot that scene. Then we reshot it with his mask on, but we had that shot which I loved and thought was so cool of the mask being slammed down into that ash. So that shot was stolen from the scene that we had changed and put into the scene with Rey.


Real life reasons for the table’s appearance aside, can we take a moment to think about what this grisly table means? It means that the son of Han and Leia is such a try-hard evil bastard that he actually goes out of his way to gather up ashes of his enemies, just so he has a place to put his nifty helmet.


It’d be cool if it wasn’t so desperate, he may as well wear a T-shirt that says, ‘Daddy’s Little Monster’ and be done with it…

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Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

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