We had our first glimpse of Supreme Leader Snoke in The Force Awakens, but we'll be seeing him up close and personal in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Andy Serkis, who plays Snoke in the films, had initially been tight-lipped about details on Snoke, but now he's revealed a lot about his character and motivations.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Serkis explains how the 9-foot-tall humanoid is constantly putting Kylo Ren and General Hux against each other. He also talks about Snoke's disappointment in Ren from the first movie:
"His training of Kylo Ren is not yielding what he wants… Therefore his anger towards Kylo Ren is intensified because he can't bear weakness in others. Part of the manipulation is goading him with Hux and playing them off against each other."
Serkis also talks about Snoke's actual physical condition and how he's actually suffering from his injuries. He explains:
"The thing about Snoke is that he is extremely strong with the Force, the dark side of the Force. He's terribly powerful, of course. But he is also a very vulnerable and wounded character… He has suffered and he has suffered injury. The way that his malevolence comes out is in reaction to that. His hatred of the Resistance is fueled by what's happened to him personally."
That's a lot of reveals coming from Serkis. Rian Johnson had said that The Last Jedi was not going to give us too much backstory on Snoke at all, but with Serkis' explanation, at least we get to understand the character more. Maybe we might see Snoke's arc come full circle when Episode IX comes out.
If the sequel trilogy was going to parallel the original, I have a feeling we won't see that much of Snoke's backstory at all. We only really got to know about Emperor Palpatine's backstory in the prequels, and it's worth noting that Palpatine's name wasn't even stated at all in the original movies.
We meet Leader Snoke in the flesh when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters Dec. 15.