Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens is a game that’s known for many things.
Revitalizing the Star Wars franchise.
Featuring too many subtitles.
Giving the world BB-8.
Introducing JJ Abrams’ beloved Mystery Boxes to the Galaxy Far, Far Away.
While previous Star Wars movies have all, to a certain extent, revolved around the plot twist that Darth Vader is Luke’s deadbeat dad, The Force Awakens instead gives us puzzles to solve. Alongside the mystery of who Rey’s parents are, is the question of who Supreme Leader Snoke is.
Surely this big, scary hologram guy can’t just be a new player – he must be a legacy character reborn, right?
Fan theories range from Snoke being everyone from Boba Fett to Darth Plagueis the Wise. As we eagerly await the release of The Last Jedi, many fans are excited at the prospect of discovering which famous character from an earlier movie is secretly masquerading under Snoke’s identity.
Well, as it turns out, Snoke is just some guy. At least, that’s according to Star Wars fan site Making Star Wars, a source of insider information that’s very rarely wrong.
According to the site:
“Snoke is looking more and more like a new character.”
Well, that’s disappointing. Turns out he’s not Wicket W Warwick after all, as no fan has ever claimed thus far.
But how have the fans behind Making Star Wars arrived at this decision? They’re basing this insight on Snoke’s wardrobe choices:
“I always believed this to be the case but you still have to speculate and ask “what if?” In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Supreme Leader is dressed in black, via hologram, looking like he shops at Palpatine’s old hot spots. The thing is old Snoke wears more outfits than just that boring black robe and in The Last Jedi we get to see him looking very decadent. I think what he wears is probably insightful to his values and concerns as an evil being.”
Well, it’s hard to deny that, dressed in black and ordering around an evil Skywalker, Snoke gives off some strong Emperor vibes in The Force Awakens. From the sound of it, though, Rian Johnson is trying to steer away from this comparison by dressing Snoke in some bling.
Things get more ridiculous:
“Snoke wears a gold silky robe with a very ornate pattern on it in The Last Jedi. In fact, I think you can pretty much see the robe on page 226 of The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What is also interesting is his slippers are like “jester shoes” or “genie slippers.” They’re also gold because you have to match if you that far in with the gold robe. I think the robe and shoes are lined in red too so he’s stylin’. He has a very “blood and gold” vibe to him.
“Another interesting detail is that Snoke wears a fancy ring on his left hand. Remember when I told you guys about those long puppet hands they made for him? Well his hands are decrepit and his pinky is sort of shriveling inward. But that doesn’t stop him from wearing a ring about the size of a “Ring Pop” if you remember the old candy. However, the stone in the ring is black and it could be a black Kyber Crystal according to the rumors around the ring. There will be more on that side of things later.”
Well, Snoke certainly doesn’t seem so imposing now that he’s apparently aiming to win the Ms Coruscant pageant. Good for him, though – it’s nice to know that the leader of an evil regime knows the importance of feeling pretty.
It really does sound as if Snoke is an original character, as the only person in previous Star Wars movies to dress this ornately is Queen Amidala.
This being the case, though, it’s worth being prepared that The Last Jedi won’t suddenly reveal the identity of Rey’s parents either.
It appears that we’ve been caught by a classic Abrams Mystery Box. As with his previous works, such as Lost, the director likes to lay these story traps without actually having a clue as to how he’ll resolve them.