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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The Fortnite Season 6 Hunting Party Challenge continues, and much like Week 2, this one’s all bout the new wolf character that’s stalking everyone else. Here’s how to solve the new loading screen puzzle and find that secret star.

Fortnite Season 6, Week 3 began Thursday morning at 9 a.m., and even though hardly anybody has had the time to blaze through all seven of the new challenges, the Hunting Party loading screen leaked days ago. Whenever a player completes all seven challenges in a given week, it unlocks a unique Hunting Party loading screen. In each, there’s a clue hinting at an in-game location where players can them claim a secret, usually either a Banner or Battle Star.

Get your running shoes on because Timed Trials have returned to Fortnite for this Season 6 Week 3 challenge.

Week 3 of Fortnite: Battle Royale’s Season 6 began at 9 a.m. on Thursday, and Timed Trials are included as a Premium Battle Pass Challenge. The specific locations have changed completely from the Timed Trials from Season 5, so, unfortunately, previous maps won’t be worth anything these days.

Most of Maniac takes place in dreams, but as the 10-episode mini-series comes to an end the two main characters, played by Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, return to the real world — or so we’re led to believe. For a show that borrows a lot from Christopher Nolan’s Inception, the ending isn’t quite as open-ended, but there’s still plenty of room for interpretation.

After ending Season 1 on a huge cliffhanger, The Dragon Prince Season 2 is finally confirmed. The news was announced during New York Comic Con 2018 with a 2019 release date for the cartoon’s second season. We don’t know much about the new episodes, but it seems to hint at a big magical showdown between Callum and Claudia.