Not much is known about the Knights of Ren other than that Kylo Ren acts as the organization’s leader and they serve at the behest of Snoke and the dark side. Are they all Force sensitive? Are their names similar? For some reason I like to think that all their names end in Ren. Like Bogan Ren, or Ashla Ren. I say that because it seems the organization existed before Kylo Ren became “Master of the Knights of Ren.” I also doubt Snoke would want to call an organization from the outset something like “Snoke’s Angels”.
Some speculate that the knights got their start in the Aftermath novel by way of a group calling themselves the Acolytes of the Beyond. The acolytes were made up of dark side fanatics who were not necessarily Force sensitive. In fact, they worshipped Darth Vader almost exclusively, believing the Sith Lord was not dead and would return one day. They even purchased a red bladed lightsaber from the black market that they suspected once belonged to Vader.
It’s entirely possible that the Knights of Ren got their start here. The Acolytes of the Beyond would eventually form multiple cells across the galaxy. The remains of Vader’s helmet had to come into Kylo Ren’s possession somehow, right? That had to come from the forest moon of Endor. Ren even demanded that Rey, in their battle on Starkiller Base, turn over his grandfather Anakin’s lightsaber, saying that “it belongs to me.” Perhaps one responsibility of the knights was to gather artifacts imbued with dark side energy? Who knows, but the recovery and obsession of Vader’s remains between both parties can’t just be coincidence.
Mon Mothma was the biggest political force behind the Rebellion. She only appeared in two films (three if you count deleted scenes from Revenge of the Sith), and has also appeared on Star Wars Rebels. Mon Mothma was staunchly against much of Palpatine’s decisions in the Senate, before and after the formation of the Empire. Eventually she had the gall to openly defy and rebuke Emperor Palpatine and would, for the remainder of the Rebellion, have to live a life always looking over her shoulder.
What Mothma lacked in military expertise she more than made up for in a governmental capacity. When the Empire fell, Mothma took up office on her homeworld of Chandrila as the first chancellor of the New Republic Senate. Her continued efforts saw the Imperial remnants sign the Galactic Concordance, ushering in the official end of the Galactic Civil War. For added measure, Mothma also spearheaded the Military Disarmament Act, which drastically reduced the manufacture and distribution of weapons and ships for both the Imperial remnant and New Republic forces. This was in an effort to broker a peace defined, not by military control, but by political cooperation.
The new law was not widely praised among members of the Senate, however. Soon an irreparable fracture divided the New Republic Senate in two factions: the Populists, who held onto the notion that member planets should retain their autonomy, and the Centrists, who wished for a government backed by a strong military force.
When last we saw Mon Mothma, in Empire’s End, the former chancellor had retired and grew ill. However, nothing has been said of her passing on. With a severe lack of military presence, and with her political career tarnished, Leia Organa took the role of a military general and founded the Resistance, a body that operates independent of the New Republic as a force for good. With former Rebellion leaders joining the Resistance, such as Admiral Ackbar and Nien Nunb, it could be that Mothma, while older at this point, may be a figure of support for the Resistance.
It’s no surprise that Leia is Force sensitive, and a great potential exists within her. She was able to sense Luke in the Force when he called for her help following his duel with Darth Vader on Bespin. She could “feel” that Luke had survived the explosion of the second Death Star. Even Jedi Grand Master Yoda believed the Jedi could place hope in her should Luke fail to destroy the Emperor.
Most recently, Leia sensed the heartbreaking end of Han Solo’s life from well beyond the stars in The Force Awakens. Could Leia have a better grasp on the Force at this point? I’m not talking about being able to use augmented physical abilities, but what about the inward and spiritual side of it?
In Empire’s End, it’s revealed that, in the years following the Battle of Endor, Luke had given Leia some words of advice in focusing her ability to reach out and touch others in the Force. Leia had actually tried this one day while she was pregnant with Ben and, to her complete surprise, felt a connection in the Force with the child growing inside her.
Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, has commented that, in a way, the sequel trilogy gives a spotlight to the older characters. If The Force Awakens was Han Solo’s spotlight, and The Last Jedi is Luke Skywalker’s, then Episode IX would be Leia’s. An eventual confrontation between Leia and Kylo Ren has been planned, but who knows where the character of Leia will go from here in the wake of Carrie Fisher’s death. All I hope is that it’s one that’s strong with the Force.