One of the biggest shocks for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the sudden death of Supreme Leader Snoke, whom everyone assumed was going to make it to the last movie. Director Rian Johnson sits down with Empire to talk about his decision to kill off the character and how it affects the story moving forward.
“I like Snoke as a character as Andy (Serkis) plays him… He’s delicious, evil and fun. But Kylo to me is where the interesting stuff is. And the notion of clearing the deck of the Vader/Emperor dynamic so that all bets are off in terms of how the villainy is going to play out, that to me seemed like a much more interesting thing.”
And it just seemed natural. If he had stopped in the middle of a scene and given a monologue, it would’ve stopped it dead in its tracks, and we would’ve cut it out in the editing room. This is not Snoke’s story.”
Though a lot of people are angry that Snoke’s backstory was never delved into, a lot of people seem to forget that fans were satisfied with Emperor Palpatine’s character not having any background explained until the prequels came out.
Personally, I like how Johnson had pulled the rug from under everyone. I bet 90 percent of the audience was already expecting Snoke to live until the last movie, but this way, nobody knows what’s happening for Star Wars Episode IX.
For now, we can still catch Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters.