If the chaotic atmosphere of politics in the last week wasn’t enough to send your manic self into the stratosphere, the latest rounds of leaks for Star Wars: The Last Jedi would’ve. In the world of spoilers, there are long bouts of drought, but when the rains come, the deluge can be fantastic to witness. In yesterday’s downpour of spoilers, one image stood out, and that was a promotional shot of Supreme Leader Snoke.
The brightly-lit mug shot looks to confirm reports from MakingStarWars.net that our leader of The First Order will be a real puppet supported by some CG elements in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This fantastically horrifying creature precipitated another downpour of an entirely different kind, Snoke theories. Within hours, my cascading Twitter feed filled up with images comparing Snoke to Ezra, Chancellor Valorum and even Jedi Master and Chief Librarian Jocasta Nu. A theory which still has left a headache in my eye.
So with all the frenzied excitement, I thought it best to write up a quick refresher about Snoke before you go gallivanting out creating your Snoke theories. After all, if you are going to spend the time peeling the layers of this mystery, you might as well be armed with some level of real facts to help guide your way.
First and foremost, there is very little we know of this character. Through all the new novels, books, comics, and feature films there is very limited information about Supreme Leader Snoke. But enough to construct a cornerstone that can start the foundation of your favorite Snoke theory.
First and foremost, there’s the description in the Official Star Wars Data Bank:
The Supreme Leader of the First Order, the mysterious Snoke has no permanent base of operations, preferring to contact his underlings from a mobile command post. Snoke is powerful with the dark side of the Force, and seduced Kylo Ren into abandoning the Jedi path to become his apprentice. But Snoke also commands General Hux and the technological war machine the First Order has engineered to destroy the New Republic and Leia Organa’s Resistance.
Then we have Andy Serkis’s first interview with Entertainment Weekly in the Summer of 2015. A discussion that gave us a big clue to the origins of Supreme Leader Snoke and yet gets overlooked by many in the fandom.
“No, he’s a new character in this universe. It is very much a newly-introduced character,” Serkis says. “He’s aware of what’s gone on, in the respect that he has been around and is aware of prior events. I think it’d be fair to say that he is aware of the past to a great degree.”
So if you are writing down the key points that will define the borders of your Snoke theory sandbox, you will have very little to hold you back. However, there are walls here as high as a First Order Heavy Assault Walker. Your Snoke theory must have him be a new character who is strong in the dark side of the Force. He likes to remain mobile and has a grudge against General Organa and her Resistance. He is also the key figure in corrupting Ben Solo.
There is one more clue that may pan out about Supreme Leader Snoke. In the N.Y. Times best-selling novel, Star Wars: Aftermath “Empire’s End” by Chuck Wendig, we learned of a critical point in time where Palpatine’s Empire ends, and the origins of the First Order begin. In that insane moment where Super Star Destroyers are falling out of the sky, the last vestige of Imperial culture and pride huddled in a shuttle, retreats into the unknown regions of space. The craft containing Admiral Rae Sloane, the Hux’s and the children of the corn on a dangerous long journey to survive and rebuild. This small band of refugees will eventually become the First Order, and therefore it is assumed, that here in this mysterious part of the Galaxy is where Snoke appears.
It must be an amazing feeling to be sitting in a room with a group of story tellers and come up with answers to these simple questions. “With this new trilogy, who is going to be our main Antagonist?’ “Where does he come from?” and “What does he want to accomplish?”
That happened of course. Somewhere in the creative biome at Lucasfilm or perhaps on a walk with J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan in Paris, these questions were hatched out. Maybe it was changed between the hand-off to new Directors like Rian Johnson or a change in direction by other Lucasfilm storytellers. Regardless, Supreme Leader Snoke’s origins are a mystery pitted with lots of throat holes. We will get his story at some point, in the meantime enjoy this small subset of facts to help you on your journey. Happy hunting