Near the beginning of The Rise of Skywalker, Kylo Ren reforges his helmet with the help of some lackeys. A couple of First Order personnel comment on his helmet, but as far as I remember, he doesn't give any reason for recovering and reforging the pieces, especially given that he destroyed the helmet himself in The Last Jedi.

Has this been given any explanation in official material?

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    Step 1 of undoing everything Rian Johnson did in The Last Jedi. In my first viewing that's exactly what I thought, which was confirmed with Rey's parentage reveal...
    – tilley31
    Dec 27, 2019 at 23:30
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    @tilley31 What a mess the Kennedyverse Star Wars is: destroying the character and/or giving tragic deaths to the iconic/beloved OT primary protagonists, introducing a new main villain only to kill him off without a proper character arc or backstory, introducing then backtracking on character motivations (e.g. helmet smash then helmet repair) </rant>. Just sad that the franchise has so crumbled that an entire movie has to dedicate so much effort to undoing things from a prior movie: the helmet is just one small example.
    – StoneThrow
    Dec 28, 2019 at 0:08
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    I wonder f it wouldnt have been better/easier to declare tlj non canon
    – Thomas
    Dec 28, 2019 at 0:08
  • @Thomas that would be really bad business though. Dec 30, 2019 at 2:02

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The Rise of Skywalker - The Visual Dictionary gives some insight into why he redons the helmet. It is because he is once again becoming the leader of the Knights of Ren. Of course he never stopped being that but he wasn't necessarily active in leading them for a bit.

Masked Ruler

After breaking free of Snoke's rule, Kylo redons the helmet marking him as a Knight of Ren, but this time on his own terms. The reforged helmet carries the luminous webwork of Sith alchemy - its fused shards mirror the breaking and rebuilding of Kylo's identity.

It also hints at another reason, because he has found out the Sith aren't as dead as once thought. His idol in the Sith is of course Darth Vader, a masked ruler, and so if he is going to go down the Sith route again it's possible he is once again going to mimic Vader.

Kylo's journeys to Mustafar and Exegol reveal to him that belief in the Sith tradition has continued, despite the demise of the last Sith lord. Loyalists seeking to resurrect the tradition have coupled technology and the occult to bring forth unnatural embodiments of the dark side. Kylo comes to learn that he is heir to a vast Empire waiting to be unleashed from the depths of the Unknown Regions. He takes this mantle, but he knows there is still much work to be done.


Snoke made Kylo Ren angry intentionally so he could make the Force-bridge thing between Kylo and Rey. From the transcript

SNOKE: It was I who bridged your minds. I stoked Ren's conflicted soul. I knew he was not strong enough to hide it from you.

Shortly after Snoke insults Kylo Ren's Vader credentials, we get the helmet smashing scene, meaning Kylo's possibly believing it (TLJ makes us think, at least for a short while, that Rey can redeem him).

Major spoilers for Rise of Skywalker ahead

Palpatine wants Kylo Ren to be the next Vader after all. Forget all that Snoke stuff, this is the real deal! Time to get the Knights of Ren back together for a reunion tour. But you can't have a proper reunion without the right headgear (Vader without his helmet is just a sad Billy Joel, after all).

Kidding aside, the helmet seems to be a Sith follower thing (especially for Kylo), which is why Kylo and his band of Merry Murderers wear them. We never see the Knights of Ren without theirs on, even when Kylo/Ben fights them on Exegol.


I believe that the mask is symbolic of his character and personality throughout the movie.

Initially, in The Last Jedi, he is insulted by Snoke: “You’re just a child... behind a mask.” Consequently, Kylo Ren smashes up his helmet, which I believe is a form of rejection of Snokes power over him, ultimately culminating to his assassination of Supreme Leader Snoke.

During The Rise of Skywalker, Kylo Ren remakes his helmet after visiting and pledging his service for Emperor Palpatine once again.

In an interview between director JJ Abrams and Empire, he explains that "Having him be masked, but also fractured, is a very intentional thing. Like that classic Japanese process of taking ceramics and repairing them, and how the breaks in a way define the beauty of the piece as much as the original itself. As fracted as Ren is, the mask becomes a visual representation of that. There's something about this that tells his history. His mask doesn't ultimately hide him and his behavior is revealed."

Kylo Ren does indeed seem to be a very conflicted character throughout the movie, and also the one with the largest personality change: from a power-hungry Sith who adored grandfather Vader, to finally becoming the Skywalker he was meant to be. The mask ultimately highlights the transition between Ben Solo and Kylo Ren, good and evil.


After watching TRoS I had a theory that he repaired the helmet as it was through wearing it that he communicated with Palpatine. Having just read the latest Rise of Kylo Ren comic, I believe even more so that this could be the case, as he uses a KOR helmet to communicate with the current (at that time, shortly after the burning of Luke's temple) Master of the KOR.

Comic page described above

Might not be the answer at all, though it seems a fairly logical reason for him repairing his own helmet in TRoS, as we do see him later communicating directly with Palpatine at some point while wearing it (from memory?)

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    Is there any evidence that he could communicate though his own helmet though? I haven't read that comic but I get the impression that, that helmet was made for that purpose.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jan 10, 2020 at 9:18
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    I added in the comic panel, though of course this still doesn't provide evidence of Kylo's own helmet enabling him to connect to Palpatine in TROS. Still speculating here, but perhaps a more likely reason for the mask’s return is that it strengthens Kylo’s connection to the dark side? For eg, the Mask of Momin was 'a powerful artifact of the dark side' that made individuals 'susceptible to being corrupted by the dark side of the Force.' when left alone with it. It could be that Kylo's mask had the same effect on him? He certainly seemed at his darkest while wearing it. Jan 10, 2020 at 9:36

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