Rian Johnson had previously hinted at why he didn’t bring the origin of Supreme Leader Snoke into ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘ and now fills in the details as to why. While it is uncertain if we’ll still learn any of the history of the mysterious non-Sith Dark Force user in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’, we at least have learned why the director didn’t feel it worth including or hinting at here. It almost makes Andy Serkis’ performance feel a bit wasted if we don’t get more details, but only time will tell.
So, why didn’t Johnson explore Snoke more and does it really matter? Here’s what he had to say about it:
“Not in this story it doesn’t, which is not to say it wouldn’t be interesting — they might explore it in the next movie or elsewhere. I wrote this script before “The Force Awakens” came out, so when I wrote it, the “Who is Snoke?” mania hadn’t arisen with the fans yet. Even if it had, my perspective is it’s similar to how the Emperor was handled. The first three movies you know nothing about the Emperor because you don’t have to, because that’s not the story. You know exactly what you need to know. Whereas in the prequels, you know everything about him because that is the story.
In this movie, Rey doesn’t really care where he comes from, so if in any of their scenes he had stopped and done a 30-second monologue about how he is [Darth] Plagueis or whoever, Rey would have blinked and looked confused and the scene would have gone on … and we would have ended up cutting it in the editing room because it doesn’t matter to the story right now.”
It should be noted that in a separate interview he did also add in that “I’m not saying he’s Darth Plagueis!” so don’t get your hopes up about Snoke’s identity having actually been revealed.
Do you agree that Snoke’s origin and true name didn’t really matter for the movie? While it wouldn’t have mattered to Rey or possibly even Kylo Ren, does this feel like a rip off for fans? Share your thoughts below!