A recent Star Wars theory has offered insight into how Palpatine controlled Supreme Leader Snoke in the sequel trilogy. Introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the villainous head of the First Order, Snoke served as the master to Kylo Ren before being killed by him in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it was revealed that Snoke was actually a clone of Palpatine, carrying out the evil Sith Lord’s bidding throughout the trilogy. While the film offered little development on Palpatine’s control over Snoke, tie-ins to The Rise of Skywalker have provided deeper insight, supporting a theory about how Palpatine was behind everything.
According to Pablo Hidalgo’s The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary, Snoke was unaware of Palpatine’s control over him and believed he was an independent being. This aligns with Snoke’s character in the first two films, which appeared self-contained in his motivations. With no hint of Palpatine’s control over Snoke in either movie, it makes sense to retroactively establish that Snoke believed he was his own person, tying his origin and backstory into the overall narrative of the sequel trilogy.
A new theory has emerged regarding how Palpatine exerted such a powerful influence over Supreme Leader Snoke. It centers around Snoke’s black obsidian ring, which he wears in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Obsidian is a material that has links to the dark side of the Force, and some shards were mined from dark-side shrines, infused with the power of the dark side. This explains why Vader’s castle on Mustafar was made of the material and why Snoke wears a ring of obsidian. Additionally, obsidian has been known to power lightsabers in the Star Wars canon.
The theory suggests that the ring was one of Palpatine’s treasures and was enchanted to allow a Sith Lord to influence the mind of anyone who wore it. This would give Palpatine effortless access to Snoke, allowing him to control the First Order’s actions from behind the scenes due to the inherent dark side nature of obsidian. Palpatine likely gave Snoke the ring early in the clone’s life, orchestrating the rise of the Final Order before being stopped by Rey Skywalker and Ben Solo in the climax of the trilogy.
While Palpatine’s control over Snoke was underdeveloped in The Rise of Skywalker, this theory offers a plausible explanation for how he exerted a such powerful influence. It also adds depth to the character of Snoke and ties his story into the larger narrative of the trilogy. The use of obsidian and Sith relics in Star Wars also pays homage to classic fantasy tropes, making the theory a fitting addition to the series.
Overall, this theory sheds new light on the events of the sequel trilogy and offers a satisfying explanation for one of its most mysterious characters. It demonstrates the depth and complexity of the Star Wars universe and shows how tie-ins can enrich the story beyond what is presented on the big screen. As the franchise continues to expand with new films, series, and books, fans can look forward to more theories and insights that deepen their understanding and appreciation of this iconic universe.
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