Warning: This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi
There were quite a number of theories regarding the possible events in Star Wars: The Last Jedi before the film’s premiere in December last year with many predictions revolving around Snoke (Andy Serkis) , Rey (Daisy Ridley), Luke (Mark Hamill) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
One theory suggested that Kylo and his Knights of Ren would appear on Ahch-To, taking on Luke and Rey together on the island where the Jedi Knight was hiding. It was a persistent rumor, however fans later on learn that the arrival of the Kylo and the Knights of Ren on Ahch-To never happens in The Last Jedi.
Despite the theory’s inaccuracy, a recent interview with The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson with People actually confirms how exactly the rumor came about. Fans who were spying on the set of The Force Awakens sequel assumed that the Knights of Ren would arrive on Ahch-To because Driver was present while the team was filming in Ireland and Skellig Michael even though he wasn’t filmed on the location.
Johnson had to have Driver present on set because of the “Force Connection” that he was trying to create between Rey and Ren, resulting in the whole Knights of Ren rumor.
"Every single time we shot one of their sides, the other person was off camera. Even to the point where Adam flew to Ireland just to be off camera for Daisy’s stuff, which was essential because they’re such intimate conversations," the director explained. "And that also meant we had to shoot each of those scenes twice basically, which meant the rehearsal time was really important. And my editor Bob Ducsay did an amazing job then of making it feel kind of seamless after the fact."
Though we’re not certain that Johnson also had Driver on board to mislead fans keeping an eye on the set of The Last Jedi using their drones and camera phones, it certainly did the trick. In the end, Johnson did away with all the theories circling around The Last Jedi, subverting fan expectations.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently screening in cinemas.