Ever since we first saw Darth Vader’s mask in Kylo Ren‘s hands in that trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there has been an inkling: is the new Dark Side wielder basically a huge nerd? He built his own lightsaber, he’s basically cosplaying a Sith (unlike grandpa, he doesn’t actually need that mask), and he owns perhaps the best piece of war memorabilia in his corner of the galaxy.
Today, J.J. Abrams has revealed to EW that he’s even more of a collector than you realized. You or I, when we say we have a collection of ashes, we’re generally referring to a significant number of Evil Dead action figures on our shelves. Kylo’s collection of ashes–upon which he rests his own helmet when he removes it–actually is evil, and very dead.
“The backstory is, that that table has the ashes of the enemies he’s killed,” Abrams told EW. “That moment was actually shot for, and meant to be used in, the scene where he was talking to the Vader mask.”
So when he did that heinous act at the end of the movie, he was basically acquiring a rare Han Solo figure for his collection? And how does one go about collecting the ashes from the five planets blown up by Starkiller Base? I’m thinking Vacuum-Cleaner TIEs.
That’s a whole lot of ashes, though. If he’s a true collector, he’s got to have a storage space somewhere.
What else do you think he collects? Speculate away in comments below.
Images: Kylo Ren via Disney/Lucasfilm; Mega Maid via MGM
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