When we last saw Kylo Ren at the conclusion of The Force Awakens, he had just finished having his ass handed to him in a lightsaber duel with Rey in the snowy forest surrounding Starkiller Base. Healed (at least physically) from that humbling encounter, Ren will be seen in the cold depths of space battling the Resistance in his new TIE Silencer when The Last Jedi lands in theaters later this month.
Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican goes into deeper detail about this First Order ship in his latest “Secrets of” video segment for Episode VIII. Check out the article’s intro copied below and then take the source link for the full read. If you missed them initially, check out Breznican’s earlier The Last Jedi reports centered on the evil droid BB-9E, the odd-shaped Canto Bight police speeders, and the bend-but-don’t-break Resistance ski speeders deployed on the mineral planet Crait.
The TIE Silencer is a sleek new fighter designed for speed and destruction. And in one deep space battle, it will deliver a shot through the heart of the Resistance.
In The Force Awakens, Adam Driver’s dark side acolyte travel by bat-winged shuttle, and a similar aesthetic went into devising his new fighter, which was put together by James Kline of Industrial Light and Magic’s art department.
There’s a practical filmmaking reason for giving Kylo an unusual looking ship. “He’s the main villain in a space battle and you want him to stand out in face of all the anonymous TIES,” says Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm story group. “It is definitely rare and specialized.”
The TIE Silencer is a variation on the quad-fanged TIE Interceptors previously seen in Return of the Jedi, which were sleeker, deadlier dogfighters than the original, boxy TIE Fighters.