Now that the entire world has seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens many theories have been flowing in on the internet in order to try to answer a lot of the questions that Episode VIII left unanswered.
The newest one is that everyone is trying to figure out who Supreme Leader Snoke is, because he can’t just be the character he’s named to be, he has to be someone else.
I personally think this whole “who is Snoke really?” comes from director J.J. Abrams’ insitance that Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t playing Khan in Star Trek into Darkness. Had J.J. not directed Star Wars or had he not done the whole “this isn’t Khan” I think most people would accept that Snoke is Snoke. After all when The Empire Strikes Back came out no one was theorizing who The Emperor was, they just accepted he was The Emperor. Granted there wasn’t nearly as much Star Wars lore then, but for the most part Star Wars has always been straight forward, and not into really holding any cards back, with the exception of course Vader being Luke’s father (which has been famously been revealed as something George Lucas didn’t originally plan but came up with while writing Empire).
However, I’ll address the two biggest theories and I’m going to throw my own in there at the end.
First up, Snoke is Vader. Honestly I can’t believe that this theory has become so popular. The biggest factors contributing to this are that one, Snoke and Vader were both bald and had a head full of scars. A lot of people try to stretch this out and say the scars are identical. They’re not and I think their minor similarities are a coincident and not even remotely on purpose. The second part to this is Kylo Ren’s devotion to Snoke and his obsession with his grandfather. If Ren’s whole reason for following Snoke is that because he’s Vader, why would Ren call him Snoke? Also, why doesn’t he have to wear his suit anymore? Lastly, Vader is dead. We watched him die, we watched him burn, and we saw his Force ghost. Anikan “Darth Vader” Skywalker is dead.
The more believable theory and one I think is pretty cool is that Snoke is really Darth Plagueis, the Sith who trained the Emperor and whom the Emperor thought he had killed. I thought from the moment I saw Snoke it looked like the scars on his face come from a run-in with a Light Saber. For me, with the way he seems afraid of Luke is that Luke gave them to him. Or, as theorists have pointed out that could have been from Palpatine when he tried to kill him.
Snoke is also said to be ancient and old enough to have seen the rise and fall of the Empire. A lot of people take this to mean he is Plagueis and was controlling Palpatine (without his knowledge) from behind the scenes the whole time.
The other big key for fans of this theory are that Snoke’s theme as well as the theme played in Episode III with Palpatine tells Anikan the tradgety of Darth Plagueis are very similar.
I dig this theory and unlike a lot of fan theories for the new trilogy I wouldn’t mind if this turned out to be true. However, up until making the film the film makers weren’t sure if Snoke was going to be a man or woman, and Palpatine clearly called Plagueis a “he” so even if Snoke turns out to be Plagueis, it probably wasn’t their original intent.
Though I like the Plagueis theory, I do think Snoke is a new character, and I like how, in an interview with Empire, Abrams stated that Ren wasn’t a Sith, and though he didn’t deliberately say Snoke wasn’t a Sith he hinted at it.
“Kylo Ren is not a Sith. He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.”
So if Snoke is not a Sith but is ancient, maybe a Dark Jedi, maybe something new. Also remember, “Sith” was created by the expanded universe after the movies and not by Lucas, though the term is cannon, in J.J.’s attempt to go back to the original trilogy maybe he didn’t want to use Sith at all.
I think Snoke has had at least run in with Luke, when he tells Ren that the Resistance can’t find Luke there is fear in his tone. I think his scars come from Luke and that if Luke returns it will spell the end for the First Order, either by Luke’s hand or someone(s) he trains, Rey probably.
So what do you think dear reader? Do you buy into the two biggest Snoke theories, or do you think he’s a new character? Let us know in the comments below.