Supreme Leader Snoke, the evil lurking in the shadows of the new Star Wars trilogy, will remain where he is. Although fans know very little about the villain that they are concocting insane theories to fill gaps, the director of the Last Jedi says that the movie will not explain a lot of Snoke’s backstory. It is an intentional choice that connects Snoke to a previous Star Wars villain: Emperor Palpatine.
In an interview with Empire, director Rian Johnson explained that Palpatine was a villain-behind-the-villain in the films as audiences did not need to know the backstory.
“We got the whole story of Palpatine’s rise to power in the prequels, but in the original films, he’s exactly what he needs to be, which is just ‘The Emperor’” Johnson told Empire. “He’s a dark force: the scary thing behind the thing. That was entirely how I approached Snoke. I wasn’t interested in explaining where he came from or telling his history, except where it serves this story.”
Yes, modern genre fans will not leave any information of backstory to go unexplored. Johnson’s comments make some sense. By not making Snoke’s villainy a complex one, it will give films more room to explore KyloRen’s nuanced villainy.
Given how the prequel trilogy turned out, we can ask ourselves if we want to go into Snoke’sbackstory?