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Rogue One As A Prequel To Force Awakens?

Okay so we know that Star Wars: Rogue One is about a small group who sets out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, essentially making it a prequel to A New Hope. But what if its also somewhat a prequel to The Force Awakens. The above image has been making its way around the internet, suggesting that Rogue One‘s group of soldiers might later become the Knights of Ren.

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Let’s look at the evidence:

Adam Driver has said that the Knights of Ren “was a group that existed before him, that he was a part of. Their place within everything is maybe more of a satellite group than I would say … This is really tricky.” So the group has existed for a long time, although the members would be as old as Luke, Leia and Han by the time The Force Awakens happens on the timeline. That said, the Knights of Ren’s massacre of Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy was probably ten to fifteen years after Return of the Jedi, judging from what we know.

Some of the weapons look the same, but even Rey has a staff. Sure this one looks more like the one we saw in the Knights of Ren shot from The Force Awakens, but it seems like it could just be a coincidence. It’s not the first time fans have jumped on a conspiracy theory.

One of the big rumors going around before The Force Awakens went into production was that someone in the film would be playing an older version of one of the characters in the A Star Wars Story standalone movies. Most people clung to the idea that Max Von Sydow’s character may be an older version of Boba Fett, with the bounty hunter’s stand alone movie originally scheduled after Episode VIII. But what if Rogue One is partially used to set-up these characters who appear in the new Star Wars saga?

Director Gareth Edwards has said Rogue One won’t feature any Jedi or Force powers, which pretty much rules out this theory assuming the Knights of Ren are Force Sensitive.

In the end, I just don’t buy this theory, although it’s fun to think about.

I’d love to hear what you think about each of these “What Ifs” and in particular the idea of Supreme Leader Snoke being Rey’s father (which sparked this meandering post).

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