Well, we’re at that point where almost any article about The Last Jedi worth reading is going to have major spoilers, so there’s your warning.
To some fans, the treatment that Rian Johnson gave Snoke in The Last Jedi was somewhat…dismissive. An even smaller contingent would argue he had Snoke meet his end with no further background information just to screw up their many fan theories and making the identity of Snoke inconsequential. I’ll admit, I had a theory or two but wasn’t upset about The Last Jedi not going the way my theories did.
“Snoke has now been dismissed as a waste and more useless than Jar Jar Binks due to him dying in the movie at the hands of his apprentice Kylo Ren.” – Angry Interneters
I disagree with that because I think that Snoke (Andy Serkis) was an amazing part of The Last Jedi. He was intimidating and clearly a very powerful force user, and more than a match for either Kylo Ren or Rey, possibly even the two of them combined. Snoke was a great character and the only regret I now have is him not getting more screen time. I don’t need a Young Snoke anthology Star Wars film, but a little bit of backstory would have been nice since Han, Leia and Luke speak about him with some hints of familiarity in The Force Awakens. Snoke may have died, but the Snoke theories are still not going away anytime soon. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary doesn’t give us much to go on, but it’s still more than two whole movies gave us in the past 2-3 years.
“Snoke’s retinue includes mute alien navigators who originated in the Unknown Regions,” reads the passage that appears beneath a photo of Snoke’s purple-robed attendants. “Were it not for the ancient hyperspace trails blazed by these towering servants, the Imperial survivors who fled into this uncharted realm would certainly have perished. These navigators designed and operated the oculus viewing scope in Snoke’s throne room.”
If you’re a fan of the Star Wars novels, in the last installment of the Aftermath trilogy, Empire’s End there is a final scene where Grand Admiral Rae Sloane and General Hux’s father have navigated the Unknown Regions to restart the Empire anew as the First Order. At this point, there are already Imperial forces including Emperor Palpatine’s last super star destroyer, “The Eclipse” waiting in the Outer Rim for some sort of command or news of how the Galactic Civil War turned out. Was Snoke in the Uknown Regions at the behest of Palpatine? Was Palpatine his apprentice and Snoke was the more powerful of the two? We may never know, or there might be a novel released in the future to expand on Snoke’s background now that he has gone the way of the Sith Lord into eviscerated oblivion.
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