With the recent release of The Last Jedi, some fans weren’t too happy that they didn’t get those long sought after answers they were expecting. Some people had several films worth of fan theory mapped out and already thought they knew how the movie was going to turn out. I myself fell into the fan theory video pool and had expectations that The Last Jedi didn’t deliver upon. The Last Jedi blatantly ignored what everyone thought was going to happen and turned out to be the middle finger to all fan theory. I sure learnt my lesson.
But okay, crazy super fans aside, everyone was sort of looking forward to finding out a bit about who Rey’s parents were, just who Snoke is exactly and how that Lightsaber got to Maz. Alas, we got no answers.
Many of these plot points were ignored or set out the way they are now for a reason though.
Rey turned out to be a nobody to emphasise that anyone can be super special, the Lightsaber was broken (because fuck that Lightsaber) and while many people are quite ticked off about it, it seems Snoke was limited in The Last Jedi for other reasons altogether.
Rian Johnson had this to say on the topic of Snoke;
In this particular story, it’s much more like the original trilogy, where with Snoke if you think about the actual scenes, if suddenly I had paused one of the scenes to give a 30 second monologue about who he was, it would have kind of stopped the scene in its tracks, I realized. Even though it could have been interesting, something that fans were interested in, as storytellers, we have to kind of serve what the scenes need to be. It was a tough thing, even though I knew some fans were interested in it I also knew it wasn’t something that dramatically had a place in this movie. Hopefully it can be addressed elsewhere or even J.J. may address it in the next movie. But it’s not something that’s particularly interesting to Rey, so we kind of had to follow through.
Okay, so, here’s the thing. He’s not wrong.
This is the longest Star Wars film in history and it already feels a little rushed and crammed. I can see how adding an entire sequence just focusing on Snoke would have made the film that much more filled to the brim runtime wise, but… I still would have liked to know some more about Snoke.
It’s possible that J.J. Abrams might choose to explore a bit more on the topic of Snoke in the next film but somehow that feels unlikely. I think the only place we’ll get more Snoke action is in comic books and follow up novels.