Everybody remember the Knights of Ren? They were your favorite mysterious characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but they didn’t show up in The Last Jedi at all. But, the director of Episode VIII, Rian Johnson, has explained why. Plus, he’s also talking about why Rey’s parents turned out to be drunk losers.

Despite endless fan theories about the identity of Kylo Ren’s posse of bad-asses, the specific identities of the Knights of Ren weren’t even remotely hinted at in The Last Jedi. And now, Johnson says that’s because he was worried he would just have had to kill them off right away.

“I guess I could’ve used them in place of the Praetorian guards but then it would feel like wasting them because all those guards had to die,” Johnson told the The Empire Film Podcast on Tuesday. “And if Kylo had some kind of connection to them it would’ve added a complication that wouldn’t have helped the scene.”

Johnson also has thoughts about why he choose to have Rey’s parents be drunk nobodies who ditched her because they were broke. While he admits to making a “list” of possible candidates for different parents, he explained why he arrived at the final choice like this: “I like the idea that we’re breaking out from the notion that the Force is just this genetic thing, that you have to be tied to someone to [have it].”

So, if you’ve got beef with Temiri Blagg, AKA, the Star Wars Broom Boy, then keep in mind it’s connected to Johnson’s decision about Rey’s parents. Basically, anyone can access the Force because the Force is everywhere.

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A brand-new actress has joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX, and we’re all wondering: Who is Naomi Ackie playing in the new Star Wars movie?

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It’s almost time for back to school — Huntress school, that is. At RTX 2018, Rooster Teeth Animation announced the release date of the next season of the studio’s crown jewel, western anime RWBY.

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The spark that will light the fire to destroy the First Order has been lit, and guess who’s coming back to let it burn?

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After almost 10 years, it’s time for Rick Grimes to walk out of The Walking Dead. With Andrew Lincoln’s exit for AMC’s juggernaut horror series confirmed, new series showrunner Angela Kang revealed how cable’s biggest zombie series will carry on without Sheriff Grimes.

As it turns out, The Walking Dead has never really been about Rick Grimes, but the people and the community he created.

The Godzilla sequel is adding three of Godzilla’s most-iconic kaiju co-stars to Legendary’s Monsterverse, but it’s also setting up a later movie where the King of the Monsters throws down with King Kong. The director of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, revealed that his upcoming film does indeed have a concrete connection to Kong: Skull Island, though he was cagey about the specifics.