The rumors just keep pouring out from the Irish set of [Star Wars: Episode VIII](tag:711868)! A few days ago, we heard that Adam Driver had been spotted on the set of Ahch-To —the island where Rey met Luke at the end of The Force Awakens — near Belfast. This connected to other supposed set leaks that pin-pointed Kylo Ren as pursuing Rey to Luke Skywalker's remote island getaway.
We don't know what he wants, but it's fair to say Kylo Ren is not happy with the Jedi duo. Reports indicated that there would be a shocking Force battle on the rocky isle.
Now we have even more rumors from the Ahch-To set, coming to us from the ever vigilant MakingStarWars. And the plot thickens as the Knights of Ren apparently accompany Kylo Ren, teaming up with him to battle Rey and Luke.
A Knightmare Battle
This is really exciting news, as we didn't see much of the Knights of Ren in [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158). Glimpsed briefly in Rey's Force vision, the Knights of Ren are Kylo's Dark Side acolytes. From what Supreme Leader Snoke said, we know that Kylo Ren leads the Knights, though we still don't know whether they're an ancient Dark Side sect, or if young Ben Solo formed the order himself.
So much for the backstory. It seems as though we'll be seeing a lot more of these Knights in Episode VIII, and there might be an epic showdown between them and our Jedi heroes much sooner than we expected. After a slow buildup, the two groups finally advance on one another, according to the set leak.
- Rey and Kylo Ren duel one-on-one and end up fighting along the cliff face overlooking the nighttime water.
- Kylo wants his revenge after Rey disgraced him.
- The Knights of Ren go for Luke Skywalker while Rey is left for Kylo.
This sounds like a really atmospheric scene, as Kylo Ren and Rey get the rematch for their battle on Starkiller Base.
But although she has a score to settle with Ren, Rey might be holding herself back in the battle — MakingStarWars also mentioned this little plot point.
Rey is reluctant with (if not angry at) Luke Skywalker because she has to kill Kylo Ren and she doesn’t want to do it.
And here's where the rumors start to seem a bit more like speculation and wishful thinking, as ordering Rey to kill his nephew doesn't seem like something Luke "I can't kill my own father" Skywalker would do.
But who knows? Maybe watching his nephew kill a bunch of kids has changed good old Luke. Personally, I hope he's still the idealistic, hopeful character we loved from the original trilogy, but that seems a little unlikely at this stage in the story.
In any case, it seems as though Rey might be spared her decision. Thanks to her hesitance to strike the deathblow, the report mentions that Rey is suddenly absent from the fight, which implies that Kylo Ren knocked her out in some way. And then it's time for a grudge match between Ren and Luke, which already sounds awesome.
After Luke dispatches the first Knight he ignites his green lightsaber.
Luke moves through each Knight one-by-one.
Luke Skywalker casually walks towards Kylo to finish him but Kylo retreats when he sees his crew defeated.
Luke Skywalker is a badass Jedi and he’ll destroy your squad.
Alas, that's where the post ends, so we'll have to wait until December 2017 to find out how the fight between Kylo Ren and Luke goes down.
So, what's the veracity of this rumor? Well, it does lead on from the other rumors about Kylo Ren battling Rey and Luke on Ahch-To, so that supports it slightly. Of course, early on in the production of any film, mysterious sources always pop up to claim they have insider information. Basically, this might be true, but there's a lot of context we still don't know, so take all this with a pinch of salt.
Do you think Luke would order Rey to kill Kylo Ren?