Warning: This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Star Wars: The Last Jedi might have done away with Snoke (Andy Serkis) without as much as a backstory, however, Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker revealed that the villain had been Palpatine's doing all along. It was one of the major reveals of J.J. Abrams' second Star Wars movie, one that was dropped early on in the film.
While most fans weren't really expecting Palpatine to be tied to Snoke, Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren writer Charles Soule says that he knew about the twist before he began working on his Star Wars comic.
Despite the anticipation over its release, The Rise of Skywalker has become one of the most divisive films in the franchise, sparking debates from fans all over. One fan decided to take the debate to Soule, asking the comic book writer whether he had known about the Snoke twist in Episode IX before he had written The Rise of Kylo Ren.
It turns out that the writer was privy to the twists and turns in The Rise of Skywalker, perhaps so that his comic, The Rise of Kylo Ren, would fit in the narrative of Disney's sequel trilogy.
For those who are wondering, The Rise of Kylo Ren is a Marvel Star Wars comic mini-series that focuses on the story of Ben Solo (Adam Driver). The series sees the transformation of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia's (Carrie Fisher) wayward son into a user of the Dark Side and an apprentice of Snoke.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is currently screening in cinemas.