Star Wars: The Force Awakens left us with many, many unanswered questions that we can spend the next 18 months considering while we wait for Star Wars: Episode VIII to hopefully answer a few of them. Fans are, of course, already hard at work and have a number of interesting theories about who certain characters are and where the story is ultimately going from here. One of the more interesting theories drew a connection between Supreme Leader Snoke, the enigmatic hologram from the new movie, and a character that is never seen, but is mentioned, in the prequels. Now Andy Serkis, the man behind the disfigured image, has come out to state for the record that Snoke is an original character for this trilogy, so the theories can go take a rest.
This may have some minor SPOILERS if you still haven't seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens , fair warning. Last week an interesting theory came out that made an interesting connection to the prequel trilogy. The idea, based on music cues that exist in both The Force Awakens and Revenge of the Sith, was that Supreme Leader Snoke was, in reality, Darth Plagueis, the legendary Sith lord that Palpatine speaks to Anakin about in order to continue to tempt him to the Dark Side. The musical 'Themes' were similar for each character, and so the theory wasn’t completely off base, but Andy Serkis has now spoken to Entertainment Weekly about the theory, and he’s shot it down in no uncertain terms. According to EW:
Serkis said the character was aware of the events from the earlier films but was a new addition to the storyline.
Of course, what this does reveal is that Serkis must know the truth behind Snoke, if he’s confident enough to dispute the theory. He could have brushed off the question, or even claimed to not know the truth yet himself. But instead, he has killed the idea entirely.
Based on this, it begins to appear that Supreme Leader Snoke might be a bit less mysterious than we’ve given him credit for. While we don’t yet know his plans or his background, it’s possible that our characters actually do, they just haven’t spoken about it on screen yet. If Snoke is an original creation, then he has no connection to either trilogy. He arrived on the scene somewhere in between the original films and this one. We know that he was instrumental in turning Kylo Ren to the Dark Side, so he has interacted directly with our main characters previously. It looks like they may already known who he is. They just haven’t informed us yet.
So not only is the theory dead, but any theories that take into account any previous films can be discounted. So now that your data has been slashed, who do you think Snoke is now?