Is This The Origin of The Knights of Ren?

Knights of Ren Origins

Here at /Film, most of us are more than casual fans of Star Wars. In addition to watching the movies, we try to absorb anything and everything regarding the Star Wars universe, and that includes the trilogy of books that began just before The Force Awakens was released in 2015. Chuck Wendig began the book series with Aftermath, continued with Aftermath: Life Debt and concluded with Aftermath: Empire’s End, which just hit shelves a few days ago.

Even though Aftermath: Empire’s End has only been on shelves for a few days, many fans have already devoured it, and they’ve found some interesting tidbits in addition to the main plot, which fills in the gaps between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens (including details on what characters like Lando Calrissian and Jar Jar Binks have been up to). Throughout the books, many believe there are hints as to the origins of the Knights of Ren, the dark side organization mentioned by Supreme Leader Snoke in The Force Awakens. Find out what new details Aftermath: Empire’s End offers on that front after the jump. Read More »

Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: the Force Awakens introduced Supreme Leader Snoke to Star Wars canon, and over a year later, we still don’t know much about this mysterious figure. The new book Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End might give us some new information on the inexplicable power behind the First Order. Hit the jump to learn more about how Empire’s End may reveal Snoke’s origins.

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What Happened to Jar Jar Binks? His Sad Fate Revealed

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It looks like it’s time to close the book on Jar Jar Binks. Literally. The much-maligned comic relief character was shuffled into the margins after his debut in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, but he remains the poster child for why so many fans strongly dislike the prequel trilogy: he’s a tone-deaf, poorly written, slightly racist cartoon character. However, the next canon Star Wars novel hitting shelves reveals exactly what happened to the universally maligned Gungan and it’s a fitting (and surprisingly tragic) conclusion for one of the most despised characters in pop culture history.

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Han and Leia Break Up

Next week brings the arrival of Aftermath: Empire’s End, the third book in a new trilogy of Star Wars stories that help fill in the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The book series has done a fine job of giving us some details about what happened between the end of the last Star Wars trilogy and the beginning of a new one, introducing us to new characters while also revealing what characters like Han Solo, Leia Organa, and Chewbacca have been up to, and the latest book is no exception.

Aftermath: Empire’s End has already revealed an excerpt that taps us into what happened to Lando Calrissian after Return of the Jedi, and now more information about what Han Solo and Leia Organa have been up to will be featured in the book as well. In fact, the book shows us what may have led to the Han and Leia break up, despite having a child between them. Read More »

Aftermath Empire's End Details

Right around the time Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters in 2015, beginning a new film trilogy, a new Star Wars book trilogy was launched as well. The series began with Star Wars: Aftermath, continued with Aftermath: Life Debt, and concludes later this month with Aftermath: Empire’s End.

All of the Aftermath books are giving us insight into the events that happened between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The last one gave us some details on what Han Solo and Chewbacca have been up to, and now the final upcoming installment provides some insight into what happened to Lando Calrissian, as well as his sleek Cloud City, after he became a Rebel hero in the Battle of Endor.

Get the latest Aftermath Empire’s End details after the jump. Read More »

new star wars canon

It’s an interesting time to be a Star Wars fan. The old expanded universe may be gone, but the new canon that the Lucasfilm story group has been carefully overseeing has been mostly successful, telling stories set in this beloved universe that always feel like they matter and are always pushing characters into interesting new places. For the first time in years, keeping up with the canon feels fresh and fun and maybe even necessary to fully appreciate what’s going on in the grand scheme of things.

Which brings us to the other side of this double-edged sword: how many of us have that kind of time? Chuck Wendig‘s new novel, Star Wars: Aftermath – Life Debt, hits stores today and I’ll be brutally honest and just say that I have no idea when I’ll be able to carve out the time to read it. However, this is a case where the internet is our mutual friend. If you want to stay on top of the broad strokes of what’s going on in the space between Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’ve got you covered.

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Oscar Issac in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Marvel Comics’ four-issue miniseries Star Wars: Shattered Empire has come to an end, and it doesn’t really tell us much about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But it does end with some questions which I wanted to dive into. For instance: what does that tree at the end of the story mean for The Force Awakens and the future of the Star Wars galaxy? What does the comic book series suggest about Oscar Isaac‘s character Poe Dameron? Letls try to unlock the mysteries of that Shattered Empire tree and figure out what it might all mean.

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Jedi in The Force Awakens

When it comes to Star Wars, audiences are extremely familiar with the Jedi. They can use The Force. They have lightsabers. They have an affinity for beige and brown cloaks and clothes. However, as we’ve seen in the most recent trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Jedi have become a myth, regarded as legends.

With the revelation of this detail of the Star Wars universe, there have been some who are having a hard time accepting that Jedi in The Force Awakens are treated as a myth. How are the famous battles of the Jedi fighting alongside the Rebels against the Empire so easily forgotten? When we look at the history of the Jedi, not to mention consider certain practical elements of the Star Wars universe, it shouldn’t be too hard to understand why. Read More »

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Mark Hamill was apparently saved from falling down a mountainside on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • The first day of filing on Star Wars Episode VIII was canceled due to rough seas. 
  • Some photos from the Episode 8 shooting location, including one photo from Mark Hamill’s son Nathan.
  • Star Wars saga to get first ever digital release in China.
  • Six major easter eggs in the canon novel Star Wars: Aftermath.
  • Eight new Star Wars LEGO mini movies give clues as to how the Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets fit into the film’s storyline.
  • The evolution of the Stormtrooper helmet in one photo.
  • Watch C-3P0 & R2-D2 attend the unveiling of Japan’s new Star Wars-themed airplane

All that and more. Hit the jump to hyperspeed to get started.”

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

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Coming off of Force Friday, this week has been relatively light in terms of Star Wars news. I do have a bunch of Star Wars tidbits for you today. Here is what we’ll talk about in today’s Star Wars Bits:

  • Get a high resolution look at the new Star Destroyer from Star Wars: the Force Awakens.
  • When will Star Wars Land begin construction?
  • More information about Jakku from Star Wars: Aftermath.
  • See a few pages from Star Wars: Shattered Empire Issue 2.
  • Star Wars is coming to the new Apple TV.
  • A new Star Wars Battlefront image reveals a new game mode called “Drop Zone”
  • Star Wars: Shattered Empire writer Greg Rucka talks about his intentions with the characters at the core of the comic book mini series.
  • Disney and Funko’s new bi-monthly subscription box for Star Wars fans called Smuggler’s Bounty
  • See previews from a new book called Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know.
  • Star Wars Uprising is now available for your mobile devices.
  • Find out how you can bid (for charity) on a Star Wars: the Force Awakens teaser poster signed by the entire cast.
  • A $28,500 limited edition Star Wars watch from Devon?
  • A video of some lovable kittens playing with Sphero’s BB-8
  • The header image: it is now 98 days until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters. Yes, we’re a day late — The image was tweeted yesterday by artist Jerrod Maruyama.

All that and more in today’s edition of Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump to hyperspace!

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