We finally know why Kylo Ren’s lightsaber has a crossguard in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Dec 17, 2018, 5:00 PM EST (Updated)

It might look cool, but Kylo Ren’s lightsaber has been one of the most controversial aspects of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now we finally know the story behind the design.

Most fans just assumed Abrams was going with a design that looked cool (which it does), though some new promotional material for the sequel has pulled the curtain back on this crossguards. The prevailing theory about the guards being vents for excess energy turned out to be right, though there’s a bit more to the story surrounding the specifics of the design.

Kylo Ren’s lightsaber was on display at Disney World as part of the Season of the Force event, and it included a placard with some mighty nifty intel. Turns out, Kylo Ren’s (Adam Driver) lightsaber is based on an ancient design, which used vents to push out raw energy from the main blade. Ren’s lightsaber is relatively new, but was apparently built upon this throwback design. We already speculate Ren is a big fan of Darth Vader, and it seems he may also has a soft spot for vintage weaponry.

In addition to being awesome, it's also a peek into vintage Jedi/Sith weaponry. Well played, J.J.

Check out the exhibit photo below and let us know what you think:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens Dec. 18.

(Via /Film, Reddit)