Supreme Leader Snoke’s story was one of the most anticipated moments for many fans going into Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Who could this extremely powerful Dark Side user be following the fall of the Emperor? He was powerful enough to seduce Ben Solo to the Dark Side, he has to be a pretty important figure. Also how did he come to power at the head of the First Order. There were plenty of questions about who he was, where he came from, and what his goals were. Unfortunately, not many of those questions were answered at all in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
While those questions probably won’t get answered in a live-action movie, director Rian Johnson did explain why Snoke’s origin was deliberately vague in a Q&A at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
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.
It’s not the greatest explanation. In fact, it’s quite baffling. His main reasoning is that Rey doesn’t care about Snoke’s origins. I’m not sure why that would actually matter. In fact, Rey didn’t care about Finn and Rose’s mission to Canto Bight. She didn’t even know they were there! Why would you include that entire storyline then? The entire opening scene by Johnson’s answer shouldn’t be in the movie because it is irrelevant to Rey while she’s training on Ahch-To.
But there is hope that we might see some information on Snoke in the final movie of the trilogy. However, at this point I don’t see why it would be necessary. Snoke is dead and gone. Unless they somehow bring him back like they did with Darth Maul in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Honestly, Rian Johnson should stop trying to explain The Last Jedi. The more and more he talks about it, the more and more the movie appears to be a bigger disaster.