WARNING: The following article may contain potential spoilers, based on fan theories, from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which opens Friday worldwide.
With the worldwide premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi mere days away, questions about the film have kicked into hyperdrive: What’s up with Rey’s past? Why’d Luke punk out? Why does everything look like the Original Trilogy? And, perhaps most importantly, who the heck is Supreme Leader Snoke?
Ever since his brief but memorable introduction in 2015’s The Force Awakens, theories have swirled about the true identity of Kylo Ren’s Dark Side mentor. Lucasfilm has insisted time and again that Snoke isn’t a Sith, so then what does that make him? Fan theories range from “a rich guy with too much time on his hands” to “a rich guy who also happens to be possessed by a Sith spirit” to “he’s Jar Jar Binks.”
However, images from the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary recently leaked online, sparking a new — and undeniably intriguing — theory from one Reddit user. As you likely know, Luke Skywalker’s hiding spot on Ahch-To is the site of the first Jedi temple. Set in the floor of the structure is a mosaic, depicting an oddly familiar-looking figure with a bulbous head identified as the Prime Jedi, the first of the order. Now, Snoke wants to kill the supposed last Jedi, Luke Skywalker.
There’s a lot about the theory that makes sense from a thematic standpoint. Positioning Snoke as the first Jedi presents an interesting conflict with Luke; the last Jedi and the first. It envelopes in delicious irony Luke’s struggle to rebuild the Jedi from scraps of lost history only to discover that his greatest foe is its founder. There’s also the obvious point that Snoke, as the Prime Jedi, would be thousands of years old, explaining his wizened appearance. Of course, that last point may not mean much when you consider Palpatine looked a thousand years old, despite being a spry 88.
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