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Star Wars fans have been conditioned to look for connections. Because Darth Vader was Luke’s father, we have always looked for clues to see if new characters are in fact more than they appear. So when fans got a peek at Supreme Leader Snoke in The Force Awakens, theories started spreading like wildfire. Was he an ancient Sith or a relation to Rey?
Rian Johnson put all those theories to rest in The Last Jedi when Snoke was killed by his own hubris. Snoke ended up just being Snoke and at the end a relatively unimportant character in the grand scheme of our story going forward. Johnson spoke to EW and discussed why he thought it was time to end the character now to make Kylo Ren more formidable:
“When I was working on the character of Kylo, I came to a place where I thought the most interesting thing would be to knock the shaky foundation out from under him at the beginning of this movie. By the end of this film, he’s gone from being a wannabe Vader to someone who is standing on his own feet as a complex villain taking the reins.”
Johnson thought it would be “a really good setup going into the next movie,” and went on to discuss that were Snoke to survive, how would that impact the dynamic between him and Kylo:
“But then the question is: What place would Snoke have at the end of that? That made me realize the most interesting thing would be to eliminate that dynamic between the ‘emperor’ and pupil, so that all bets are off going into the next one. That also led to the possibility of this dramatic turn in the middle, which could also be a really powerful connection point between Kylo and Rey.”
When talking about all those Snoke theories, Johnson said he likes that fans get involved with the characters:
“I do think it’s interesting. I never want to poo-poo the fans coming up with theories. It’s part of the fun of being a Star Wars fan. If there is a place for it in another story, I hope it gets told.”
Revealing Snoke’s backstory in The Last Jedi would have meant meaningless exposition that would slow the story down, and Johnson noted that he did not want to do that:
“It would have stopped any of these scenes dead cold if he had stopped and given a 30-second speech about how he’s Darth Plagueis. It doesn’t matter to Rey. If he had done that, Rey would have blinked and said, ‘Who?’ And the scene would have gone on. And I’m not saying he’s Darth Plagueis!”
“In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.”
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro.
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