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While we have gotten new images and new looks at Adam Driver‘s Kylo Ren and his unique lightsaber, we still know so little about how he fits into the new Star Wars universe other then he is allied with The First Order. Now in a recent interview with EW, J.J. Abrams reveals that Ren has a serious and very obvious connection to the big bad of the original trilogy, Darth Vader.

“The movie explains the origins of the mask and where it’s from, but the design was meant to be a nod to the Vader mask. Ren is well aware of what’s come before, and that’s very much a part of the story of the film.”

Abrams also spoke about Ren’s Distinct lightsaber design.

“The lightsaber is something that he built himself, and is as dangerous and as fierce and as ragged as the character.”