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Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
It's been months since Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived in theaters, and fans are still reeling from Rian Johnson's subversive sequel. Every frame of the movie has been dissected, and soon the home release will reveal a ton of new information thanks to bonus footage. The cast and crew have been doing the rounds lately to promote the home copies, and getting chatty about what it was like inside The Last Jedi. The film was a big one for Andy Serkis' character Supreme Leader Snoke, who was seemingly being set up to the be the main villain of the trilogy. Ultimately he perished at the hands of Kylo Ren, and Serkis has how he found out the news.
I was taken to my trailer on the lot at Pinewood Studios, where I was to read the script for the first time on a tablet. We were never handed printed scripts, and had to hand back the tablet as soon as we were done. I was swiping through the story, and landed on this epic scene, where Snoke is goading Kylo Ren to kill Rey, to fulfill his destiny. It was riveting, the tension building with each line. I just couldn't work out where it was heading. And then as I swiped up ... there it was. The end ... not for Rey, not for Kylo Ren, but for the Supreme Leader ... just gone. I walked out of the trailer in a state of semi-shock, feeling the weight of knowing I would have to mask a great secret for a very, very long time and that my brother, a massive Star Wars fan, was going to be heartbroken.
While the fandom might have been wrapped up in their own feelings about Snoke's fate, but this really puts you into the actor's perspective. Andy Serkis wasn't privy to the plans about Snoke in The Last Jedi, and was just as surprised as any of us when he ultimately ended up chopped in half. The sequence was one of the film's most thrilling, but it seems like Serkis was also a bit disappointed his tenure in the galaxy far, far away would be so short.
Andy Serkis' comments to USA Today show how personal the franchise is to the actor. He was clearly happy to share the experience with his Star Wars fan brother, and was therefore bummed to see Snoke cut down so quickly. After all, he was only a hologram during his brief appearance in The Force Awakens. There were all sorts of theories revolving around Snoke's identity, and now it looks like his backstory won't be revealed anytime soon.