At long last, The Rise of Skywalker has provided some answers with regards to the fans’ speculations about Snoke. After his surprising death in The Last Jedi, some people were disappointed because they didn’t get to know much about the Supreme Leader. And now, we’d get to know more details about that big reveal in the movie.
This article contains SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Kylo Ren is seen arriving at Exogol at the beginning of the movie where he drops down into some sort of dark underground lair. Palpatine’s voice was heard saying, “Snoke has trained you well.” Kylo’s guard is up as he responds to the Emperor, “I killed Snoke. I’ll kill you.” The Sith Lord then revealed that he made Snoke which was followed by footage of tanks containing the Supreme Lord’s body, which confirms that he was just a clone that Palpatine made and has been controlling all along. This was essentially the short explanation given with regards to the character.
In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, The Rise of Skywalker editor Maryann Brandon explains why such a huge twist was addressed quickly at the beginning of the movie. “I just think that came up as a visual effect that we thought would be really fun for an audience, to create a visual that would tell that whole story,” she said. Brandon thinks it was successful, add the fact that they didn’t have to change “a lot” of dialogue.
The audience sees one shot and they could instantly get what they were trying to imply in a short amount of time, which is practical too, given the amount of story that they had to address in the movie She added, “I love stuff like that. We can just have a moment where you just see something in the background and you go, ‘OK, I totally get that.’”
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now showing in theaters.