As you already know, Star Wars: The Last Jedi gave us our latest, and probably best, look at Rian Johnson's first Star Wars film with a new and beautiful trailer. Spoilery? Nah. While there's certainly a couple moments that seem like they could be ruining some particularly poignant set up, there's some big ticket stuff that made it into smaller moments that the trailer had to offer. In particular, we've gotten our clearest look at Andy Serkis's Supreme Leader Snoke. The screenshot above is the proof, and from there we can already start to pick apart key components of the character's presence.
First, let's take a look at Snoke's physical appearance, and see what we can glean from there. Well, it does indeed look like the Supreme Leader is either a human or humanoid creature, who has suffered the exact facial damage we saw in his larger-than-life holographic representation in JJ Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And yet, for a Star Wars character that's supposed to be an imposing figure of authority, he has soft blue eyes that almost invite pity under the right circumstances. Though don't let them fool you, as his aged skin is undoubtedly from some excessive use of The Force, and his rhetoric is just as threatening.
What's also interesting is in another screenshot we grabbed from the latest Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer, the scale of Snoke's bodily self is, indeed, on a much smaller scale when compared to his holographic visage that we saw in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Even with Rey being Force Bent backwards in battle, you can see a blurry Supreme Leader Snoke in the background, who looks to be somewhat bigger than Rey, but not anywhere near his towering holographic image. Sensitive about your stature, Supreme Leader?
But on top of his reasonable, size, Snoke is starting to talk a pretty mysterious game in the new footage. Bookending the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer are two sections worth of dialogue that set up Supreme Leader Snoke's presence in the latest adventure in that galaxy far, far away, and in order of their utterance, those passages are as follows:
When I found you, I saw raw, untamed power. And beyond that, something truly special.
For the first pieces of dialogue, we see scenes of Kylo Ren playing on screen (though it concludes with a shot or Rey on Ahch-To). Later, Snoke utters "Fulfill your destiny." And the way it's framed in the trailer, it feels like two different conversations. But consider this: this could be some more of that selective editing that had us believing that Kylo might try to kill his mom during the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (That feels like classic misdirection.) Should we be right, and both pieces of dialogue come from the same conversation between Snoke and Rey, this could lead to what would constitute as a hell of a spoiler: Supreme Leader Snoke may have "found out" about Rey and her power before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He's aware of her potential, which is why Kylo was supposed to bring the girl to him.
If Rey were found by Snoke (highly probable, at this point), there's a chance that her exile to the sands of Jakku were because whomever her parents are, they were worried about her hidden Force gifts being formed under a darker influence. Translation: those of you who have money on Han and Leia being Rey's parents just might have a little more ammunition in your can to boost the odds in your favor. Re-watch the trailer to Star Wars: The Last Jedi below, and judge for yourself on either side of the Snoke speculation.
Supreme Leader Snoke is still quite a bit of a mystery, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi won't solve that puzzle completely, at least not from what we've heard. But given what we're seeing so far, there's a chance that we'll learn enough to answer some of the questions we currently have about said villain, with plenty of new questions taking the place of any that get answered. If that's not what the Star Wars saga is all about, then we don't know what is.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi brings some of the answers to eager audiences on December 15.