J.J. Abrams Explains Kylo Ren’s Table of Ashes in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

By April 5, 2016
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This is a bit darker than I had expected.

Remember that table of ashes that Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren sets his helmet in during the interrogation scene between himself and Rey in The Force Awakens? Yeah, did you ever watch it and wonder what that was exactly? Or were you like me, and just shrugged it off as something cool without an explanation? Yeah? Well, turns out, there’s a reason behind those ashes after all, and prepare to see Mr. Ren in an even darker light.

While recently speaking with Entertainment Weekly, J.J. Abrams revealed that the scene was originally supposed to happen earlier on in the film, when Ren is seen speaking with the helmet of Darth Vader, his grandfather:

“Sometimes bits and pieces of one scene end up being something that you use in another scene that you didn’t expect. That’s always kind of fun, when you realize that something you’ve shot actually has a use you didn’t expect. …The backstory is, that that table has the ashes of the enemies he’s killed. That moment was actually shot for, and meant to be used in, the scene where he was talking to the Vader mask.”

Obviously, as fans are aware, Ren’s unmasking didn’t happen until much later in the film, when Rey accuses him of being a creature in a mask, only for him to be revealed as a man, just like all the others in the film, though with probably better hair than you might expect him to have under that helmet.

Abrams continued:

“He originally had his mask off the first time we shot that scene. Then we reshot it with his mask on, but we had that shot which I loved and thought was so cool of the mask being slammed down into that ash. So that shot was stolen from the scene that we had changed and put into the scene with Rey.”

Personally, I agree and think the reveal works much better in the scene with Rey than it would have anywhere else. Although, I did hear someone say that he shouldn’t have been unmasked until his confrontation with Han Solo near the end of the film, which I would have liked as well.

The idea of him incinerating and then dumping the ashes of all the enemies he’s killed onto that table makes him seem even more psychopathic if I’m being honest though, and is reminiscent of the things we’ve only ever really heard of the Sith doing or seen briefly in Anakin’s turn at the end of Revenge of the Sith. The fact that he rests his helmet in them makes it even darker. So yeah, not just a cool table decoration after all.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is available on blu ray and DVD now.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • David Johnson

    Not only does the Dark Side have Cookies (Chocolate Chip & Macadamia’s!!) they also have Hair Product that eliminates Bed & Helmet Hair!!!