Official Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker merchandise confirms the Sith Troopers answer only to Kylo Ren. Reddit user Milnersblog recently discovered a t-shirt, featuring some surprisingly-informative text, which was seemingly found on the official StarWars.com website. The shirt says the following:
“Sith Trooper – First Order Battalion – Only the finest troopers in the galaxy under the strict command of Kylo and the Knights of Ren.”
While this might not be a major surprise for some Star Wars fans, it does squash any theories that the troopers are being directly commandeered by Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid). Granted, there’s a small chance this t-shirt isn’t official, or that the true nature of the Sith Troopers is more complicated. But either way, it (for now) adds a small bit of context to the mysterious troopers and their place in the overall Star Wars canon.
Last month, just before San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Lucasfilm unveiled the latest stormtrooper variant in the Star Wars film franchise. The Sith Troopers don all red armor and are already a major part of the film’s early marketing push. Though Star Wars is notorious for squandering the potential of cool-looking villain characters, J.J. Abrams is excited for fans to see the Sith Troopers in action.