Star Wars is one of the greatest sci-fi franchises that exist in the history of cinema. Millions of Star Wars fans are waiting for the next episode after the successful run of Star Wars: Force awakens at the global box-office.
After the horrible prequels, the fans really wanted to see an extremely well- directed Star Wars movie onscreen. The Force Awakens had the feel and the tone we wanted, it embraced the magic of original Star Wars movies which made us fell in love with the universe in the first place.
Have you ever wondered who is the most hated character in Star Wars saga? Well, till now Jar Jar Binks was the one who annoyed the hell out of everyone.
But now he is gaining popularity and is less hated than Kylo Ren, Mace Windu, Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku, Jyn Ergo and supreme leader Snoke with just 26% approval ratings which are even worse than current US President Donald Trump.
This is a pretty low rating for a leader who seeks to establish his dominance over the entire galaxy. In “The Force Awakens” he was only seen in hologram form but now we are learning details about him. Fans believed that Snoke was some 40-foot tall evil weirdo who got his scars fighting Luke back in the day. Some thought he was a ghost of Darth Vader but actually, he is an extra-terrestrial creature wearing golden robes.
There are so many questions surrounding Star Wars trilogy that fans are dying to find answers for, but one of the most intriguing mysteries is the identity of the ‘Supreme leader’ Snoke. Clearly, Lucasfilm is keeping the big reveal under wraps but has thrown series of hints to help fans figure out who he really is.
Andy Serkis is the voice of Snoke. It is surprising to know that at the time he was introduced Lucasfilm did not have a detailed backstory of the Supreme Leader. Serkis explained that the character’s design was evolving which made it very challenging for him to portray the character. Here’s what he said about Snoke’s design:
“He’s got this cleft in his head and I think it’s very painful for him to speak and yet there’s an imperiousness about him. He’s severely damaged but there’s a vulnerability that’s he’s trying to cover so that was sort of what I was trying to do.”
This painful injury defined Snoke in ‘The Force Awakens’ and will continue to play an important role in ‘The Last Jedi’. Serkis said that the character has now got the backstory just when it is about to have a much bigger and significant role.
The writer-director Rian Johnson compared Snoke with Emperor in original trilogy, someone with shadowy background but it was never fully explored.
The author Chuck Wendig wrapped up his Aftermath trilogy set after the events of ‘Return of the Jedi’ which revealed that Emperor was aware of dark side being keeping a tab on the galaxy from unknown places. He wrote:
“The Emperor was convinced that something waited for him out there — some origin of the Force, some dark presence formed of malevolent substance. He said he could feel the waves of it radiating out now that the way was clear. The Emperor called it a signal — conveniently one that only he could hear.
Even his greatest enforcer, Vader, seemed oblivious to it, and Vader also claimed mastery over the dark Force, did he not? Rax believed Palpatine had gone mad.”
In the recent interview, Serkis explained to EW:
“The thing about Snoke is that he is extremely strong with the Force, the dark side of the Force. He’s terribly powerful, of course. But he is also a very vulnerable and wounded character. He has suffered and he has suffered injury. The way that his malevolence comes out is in reaction to that. His hatred of the Resistance is fueled by what’s happened to him personally.”
EW noted that Snoke’s injuries were inspired from people who endured pain in the trenches of First World War. It added:
“In that conflict, modern war machines ripped and gnarled human bodies like never before, but lifesaving contemporary medicine ensured the survival of men who otherwise would have died on the battlefield. They lived on carrying damage previously seen only on corpses.”
Snoke is now flabbergasted with the destruction of Starkiller’s base and is furious at Kylo Ren’s weakness, he is searching for a new disciple which he thinks could be Rey. His identity, motives are still unknown, but it is clear that Snoke is a non-human entity with enormous dark side power. He apparently wears a ring made up of black Kyber crystal which allows him to focus his power, also confirmed by the action figures unveiled on Force Friday 2017.
He is using Kylo Ren as bait to destroy the Skywalker line and prevent Jedi prophecy. He convinced Kylo Ren that he cheated death, outperformed Sith abilities and destroyed Jedi through a pawn. He intends to either draw out Luke through Kylo and kill him or get Luke killed using Kylo, either way, he wins.