Supreme Leader Snoke has been described as a mysterious character; strong, powerful, a master long-range schemer and oddly vulnerable at the same time. When a character embodies all of these qualities, such is worth being understood. Not only from the perspective of viewers but more importantly, from the eyes of the actor who portray them. In Snoke’s case, Andy Serkis. This article takes you a step deeper into details beyond Snoke’s disfigured look, a twisted spine or a cracked skull. We walk you through his mind, revealing his back story, why he occupies the blood-red throne room and what his plans are going forward.
Who Is Snoke on Star Wars?
Snoke the Supreme Leader is a Computer-Generated-Imagery fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. He was first featured in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where he appears as the Supreme Leader of the First Order. The First Order represents a military dictatorship revived from the overthrown Galactic Empire. In his quest to reclaim control of the galaxy, Snoke won over the loyalty of former villain, Ben Solo, to the dark side to serve as a commander under him; under the new name Kylo Ren. With Snoke in charge, the First Order built a massive technological war machine, to subjugate the entire galaxy to a central government unprecedented in the history of the Galactic Empire.
According to Snoke’s plan, the First Order would be governed from his flagship, the Mega-class Star Dreadnought Supremacy, as opposed to a conventional planetary capital. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Snoke brings the cold war between his First Order and the New Republic to a fatal end when he ordered another loyalist, General Hux, to annihilate the entire Hosnian system, through Starkiller Base’s superweapon.
As a buildup from The Force Awakens, Snoke, in The Last Jedi (2017), commends Hux; for destroying the Resistance Fleet once and for all. And when efforts to flesh out information from Rey, a Jedi, about Luke’s whereabouts, Snoke commands Ren to kill Rey. Ren quickly activates Luke’s lightsaber, which Rey had been using and slices Snoke in half with it. When Snoke’s Praetorian Guards try to avenge their master, Rey, and Ren temporarily join forces to defeat the guards in a lightsaber duel. Ren then declares himself the new Supreme Leader of the First Order. Snoke’s demise didn’t sit well with so many viewers and critics who were shocked at the sudden plot twist that brought his abrupt end.
Where Did He Come From?
There have been several opinions about Snoke’s origin and identity. The most proliferated is the notion that he may be Darth Plagueis; a Sith Lord mentioned in Revenge of the Sith who is also the alleged mentor of Palpatine. The theory portrays Snoke as one immune to death and is capable of preventing it. However, that theory has been long dismissed. Besides, Snoke’s death in the 2017 sequel effectively shatters the “death-immunity” that’s been ascribed to him.
To set the records straight, Snoke is a Force-sensitive humanoid alien creature; a being shrouded in mystery who rose to become Supreme Leader of the First Order at the height of the New Republic Era. Although Snoke was a master of the dark side of the Force from the very start, he was not a member of the Sith Order; a civilization that fell to extinction when its last two Lords—Darth Sidious and Darth Vader—were killed.
Moving back to his history, it is believed that Snoke once stumbled upon a black obsidian stone from the catacombs and mines beneath the castle of Darth Vader. A stone he later attached to a golden ring he wore. After Snoke witnessed the rise and fall of the Galactic Empire, he, alongside other former Imperial officers, soon resettled and reorganized into what we know as the First Order. In a stroke of genius, however, Snoke works his way up the ladder and without warning, emerged the Supreme Leader of the First Order.
This came as a huge surprise to other Imperial officers, including Grand Admiral Rae Sloane and Ormes Apolin. Once his grip on power tightens, he recruits the former villain Ben Solo; who now goes by the name Kylo Ren. This action would later backfire as Ren eventually kills his master, Snokes, slicing him in half with a lightsabre. Afterward, dismembering him limb from limb and with Snoke gone, Kylo Ren took over as successor of Darth Vader. A feat even his grandfather failed to achieve.