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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Who is Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars?

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Supreme Leader Snoke
Supreme Leader Snoke is a villain in the Star Wars universe that is set to appear in the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  He is played by actor Andy Serkis in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Real Name:  ?

Moniker/Alias:  Supreme Leader Snoke

Species: Possibly Alien (Unknown)



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Picture by Indie Revolver presumed to be Supreme Leader Snoke concept art

Not much is known about Supreme Leader Snoke. He is thought by many to be the primary villain in the upcoming Star Wars Trilogy.  He is thought to be a powerful Sith.  It is the voice of  Snoke that provides the back drop to the film's first trailer saying:

There has been an Awakening.
Have you felt it?

The Dark Side...and the Light.

This would indicate that he is highly intune with the force.

He is also thought to be the leader of either/both the First Order and the Knights of Ren.  The Knights of Ren being an order of dark Jedi like the Sith.  The Knights of Ren use the title Ren in their names in a similar manner as the Sith used Darth.  

At some point Snoke is able to influence Ben Solo a jedi apprentice of Luke Skywalker to turn toward the dark side.  This seems to result in many dead or slaughted jedi.  Ben Solo then takes on the name of Kylo Ren and serves as the apprentice of Snoke.   Han and Leia, who are Ben's parents blame Snoke for the downfall of their son.

It seems that Snoke is also afraid of Luke Skywalker meaning that Skywalker is likely more powerful.  Perhaps as a bit of a complex Snoke appears as a massive hologram in the Force Awakens.  However it is unclear actually how big he is in reality. 



Concept Art: 
There are many different pieces of art created for Snoke but it is not yet known which was final.


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Toylab Rumor control:
These rumors can not be verified.

Kylo Ren is Snoke's apprentice but he used to be Luke's apprentice.  It is unclear how much of Kylo Ren's current Force abilities come from Snoke and how much from Luke.  At the end of the Force Awakens Snoke says its time for Kylo Ren to complete his training.

A resurrected Sith Lord?
It is heavily rumored that Supreme Leader Snoke is the resurrected Darth Plagueis the Master of Emperor Palatine.  However, there are a variety of other Sith he could be.  There is also the possibility he is a new character.

Possible characters that could be Supreme Leader Snoke:


Something New? Something Different?



It seems increasingly likely that Snoke is an altogether new character or perhaps its better to say a really old one that has not been shown before.

Entertainment Weekly Andy Serkis saying that to effect that Snoke was very old, and ancient.  That he have lived longer than Maz Kanata's 1000 years.  This would mean that Snoke had lived through all of the previous films but perhaps was not a visibile player in them.  Andy Serkis commented on this by saying that:

"He’s aware of what’s gone on, in the respect that he has been around and is aware of prior events. I think it’d be fair to say that he is aware of the past to a great degree."

Some clues for who Snoke is may lie in the novel Aftermath. Aftermath tells the story of what happens to the Empire after Emperor is kills and 2nd Death Star is destroyed in the events depicted in Return of the Jedi.

Another theory is that Snoke is something from Outer Rim.  In the book Aftermath Palpatine has said they he senses some major dark side power in the Outer Rims.  He begins allocate a great amount of Imperial Resources to search the Outer Rim for the origin of what he senses.  It should be noted that for how powerful Palpatine is he has not always been shown to have the best detection skills.  This would mean that whatever he senses is a major power.  In Aftermath the Emperor's remaining advisers makes it clear that one of the primary goals should be to pursue the darkness at the edge of the galaxy.  The advisor was one of the pale sick looking dudes depicted in the film Return of the Jedi.  He mentions that Palapatine had personally sent search parties and colonies in the outerrim.  The direction to retreat to the outer rim caused division in the imperial ranks as some leaders would rather stay and battle for control of the core worlds.  These leaders see the idea of retreating to the outer rim as a silly notion and instead urge a counter strike on the New Republic.  The Imperials that choose to battle the New Republic in the end of Aftermath are defeated.  Leaving the remaining Imperial Forces retreating toward the outrim.

Much of the Aftermath book deals with a man named Gallius Rax also known as the Operator who has great knowledge of the remaining imperial forces.   Rax uses various machinations of purposefully weeding out Imperial Forces that he views as weak.  He creates a Shadow Council to lead the remaining Imperial Forces against the New Republic.  However, much of his Shadow Council is eliminated as he sees them as competitors for control of the Empire.  He is also integregal in saving Hux and putting him in a leadership position.  After the battle of Jakku, Hux is one of the last remaining members of the Shadow Council and leads the remaining Imperial Forces toward the outerrim.

What is known through the film the Force Awakens though is that Imperial Forces did retreat and they return with Snoke as a the rebuilt First Order.



Actor:
He is played by actor Andy Serkis in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Serkis is famous for playing a variety of CGI characters like Golum in Lord of the Rings.


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