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There are a handful of subplots held over from Star Wars: The Force Awakens that we assumed would be picked up in The Last Jedi. What is Rey's real background? How will Luke react to the loss of Han Solo? And who the heck is Supreme Leader Snoke? Well, you might want to scratch that last one off of your list. Vanity Fair writer David Kamp did a Reddit AMA after the magazine published its cover story on Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and when asked about Snoke, the author explained:
I asked Rian Johnson about Snoke---Who/what is he?---and Rian was fairly up front in saying that Snoke is not a character he particularly gets into in TLJ. Hmmm.
That's surprising. The character of Supreme Leader Snoke raised a number of questions that J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens didn't even attempt to answer. We know that Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) answer to the Force-sensitive character, and that he lured Ben Solo away from his parents, Leia Organa and Han Solo, after Ben's training at the hands of Luke Skywalker failed. But in The Force Awakens, Snoke mainly just communicated through a towering hologram, and we were thinking that Star Wars: The Last Jedi would dig deeper into his backstory, and his motivations for hating the Resistance.
Commenters under the Reddit thread already are making a credible case for the lack of Snoke that we now expect in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. They point out that the Emperor is mentioned but hardly seen in the second chapter of the original trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back, and then we learned all about him in Return of the Jedi. Snoke's arc could follow a similar trajectory.
Others are poking fun and basically saying that J.J. Abrams didn't know anything else about Supreme Leader Snoke, and Rian Johnson preferred to explore the rich characters that The Force Awakens handed over -- from Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) to Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo (Adam Driver) -- and opted to sideline the looming hologram. Between The First Order and The Knights of Ren, there are plenty of interesting elements that Star Wars: The Last Jedi can explore without even having to touch on Snoke. Relive his best scenes right here:
Still, I'm disappointed. Snoke is mysterious, and I was looking forward to Star Wars: The Last Jedi peeling back a few layers of his evil onion when the story picked back up. We'll see what type of story Rian Johnson chooses to tell when The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 16. And head over here to get all that you need to know about Upcoming Star Wars Movies.