Star Wars fans might have been surprised to see Snoke getting cut in half by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but it looks like Andy Serkis knew for a very long, long while about Snoke's fate.
Speaking in an interview with USA Today, Serkis reveals that he had come to know about the Supreme Leader's death even before he started filming The Last Jedi, saying that he had been given a private script read during the film's months of pre-production.
"I was taken to my trailer on the lot at Pinewood Studios, where I was to read the script for the first time on a tablet. We were never handed printed scripts, and had to hand back the tablet as soon as we were done. I was swiping through the story, and landed on this epic scene, where Snoke is goading Kylo Ren to kill Rey, to fulfill his destiny," Serkis tells the publication. " It was riveting, the tension building with each line. I just couldn't work out where it was heading. And then as I swiped up … there it was. The end … not for Rey, not for Kylo Ren, but for the Supreme Leader … just gone. I walked out of the trailer in a state of semi-shock, feeling the weight of knowing I would have to mask a great secret for a very, very long time and that my brother, a massive Star Wars fan, was going to be heartbroken."
Serkis managed to hold up his end of the bargain in keeping Snoke's death a secret, because fans had seemingly had no idea that the Supreme Leader would be killed so early in the sequel trilogy. A lot of fans were expecting a lengthier backstory, hoping to see more of Snoke's menacing moves in Episode IX.
But though Snoke's death might seem like a disappointment to many, the Supreme Leader's fate was made so that the trilogy could focus on its real antagonist – Kylo Ren. It's definitely going to be interesting seeing what kind of path Ben Solo might take in Episode IX.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently available on Digital HD. The film will also be made available on Blu-Ray and DVD on March 27.