Ever since Kylo Ren was revealed in the first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens, people wondered if the member of the First Order was Sith. Now we know the definite answer to that, as well as what the First Order really is.
In the new issue of Empire, Abrams confirms that Kylo is not a Sith although he and Snoke do use the Dark Side of the Force:
“Kylo Ren is not a Sith,” confirms JJ Abrams in the new issue of Empire. “He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.â€
He also confirms that the First Order really isn’t what’s left over from the Empire, but rather compares them to Nazis:
â€œThat all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again?â€™â€ Abrams reveals. â€œWhat could be born of that? Could The First Order exist as a group that actually admired The Empire? Could the work of The Empire be seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see through what didnâ€™t get done?â€
Next week the first Journey to the Force Awakens books arrive, which should start to give us an idea of how things went regarding the Rebellion and Empire following Return of the Jedi. But this gives us an idea of what the First Order really is when things kick off in The Force Awakens.