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J.J. Abrams Reveals How Star Wars' Kylo Ren Is Even Darker Than You Thought

Kylo Ren, the heir to Darth Vader’s dark side legacy, proves more twisted than viewers understood from watching “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The film was released on home video Tuesday, prompting new stories and revelations as part of its marketing. One such tidbit comes to us from Entertainment Weekly:

“Sometimes bits and pieces of one scene end up being something that you use in another scene that you didn’t expect,” Abrams explained in a recent interview. “That’s always kind of fun, when you realize that something you’ve shot actually has a use you didn’t expect.”

Asked for an example, Abrams pointed to the scene in Starkiller Base where Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren is interrogating Daisy Ridley’s Rey and finally takes off his mask. The moment where he puts his mask down into that table of ash was meant for an early sequence.

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

It would have been nice to have that context in the film. It certainly puts to rest a fan theory about Ren serving as a double-agent in the mold of Severus Snape. People who are only pretending to be bad don’t collect the ashes of their fallen enemies.