Star Wars: The Last Jedi explored more about the characters and left them having learned invaluable lessons, but many were disappointed that the latest chapter of the saga did not explore more about the years between the original trilogy and the latest series of films, including the events involving Snoke and First Order’s formation. During a Q&A session for BAFTA, director Rian Johnson explained his decision not to reveal more details on Snoke’s past.
Johnson explained that taking the time to address Snoke’s past would have felt out of place in the scenes involving the villain:
“In this particular story, it’s much more like the original trilogy, where with Snoke if you think about the actual scenes, if suddenly I had paused one of the scenes to give a 30 second monologue about who he was, it would have kind of stopped the scene in its tracks, I realized. Even though it could have been interesting, something that fans were interested in, as storytellers, we have to kind of serve what the scenes need to be. It was a tough thing, even though I knew some fans were interested in it I also knew it wasn’t something that dramatically had a place in this movie. Hopefully it can be addressed elsewhere or even J.J. may address it in the next movie. But it’s not something that’s particularly interesting to Rey, so we kind of had to follow through.”
Were you disappointed that we didn’t learn more about Snoke? Personally, I don’t mind leaving Snoke’s past a mystery and it is certainly better than tying his origins to previous characters, which I feel would have been unnecessary. Share your own thoughts below!
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, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio del Toro.
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