The dust has settled on Episode 7: The Force Awakens. I felt genuine emotion as the new characters Rey and Finn dusted off the cobwebs of the old Millenimum Falcon in order to evade an attack from the First Order. The Film does leave many unanswered questions such as ‘who is Rey?’, ‘How did the Millennium Falcon still have Petrol in it after 30 years?’, ‘Why did Kylo Renn not just flatten Finn in the Lightsaber fight?, ‘Where did Poe Dameron go after the TIE fighter crash?’ and ‘Could I use the force to convince Beyonce to leave Jay-Z for me?
While I am in no way a Star Wars expert, I have seen all the films at least once. I am also that annoying guy in the cinema who calls the end of the film before it happens. For these reasons I would like to chip in my 2 cents as to who I think Lord Snoke will be.
What we Know about Lord Snoke
Lord Snoke is the supreme leader of the First Order. This is the new army that rose up from the ashes of the Empire in the 30 years after Episode 6: Return of the Jedi. He is also Force Sensitive and old enough to witness the rise and fall of the Empire. Snoke has trained Kylo Renn and, according to his wookiepaedia page, has at least one other apprentice. I speculate that Snoke is really old but no where near as old as someone such as Yoda. Snoke is also really wise and can convince force sensitive people Like Ben Solo to turn to the dark side.
The Most Common Fan Theory
This theory is very popular on the Internet and high brow newspaper columns such as the Guardian. If it turns out to be true, it would fit fairly snugly into the story and it wouldn’t be a big shock.
Lets face it, people are still looking for the ‘I am your Father’ moment from Empire Strikes Back. If it turns out that Snoke is actually Plagueis, the hard core fans will be thinking ‘I knew that all along’ while the rest of us will be thinking ‘Who is Plagueis?’
I have a hunch that the real identity of Snoke will turn out to be Qui-Gon Jinn. I realize that sentence alone has just emptied the room faster than if I told a small group at Westboro Baptist church that I watched Eddie Murphy in the ‘Nutty Professor’ once and laughed. But stay with me I have good reasons.
Reason 1. Qui-Gon could have been Sith Spy
The strongest argument I have is that Qui-Gon put loads of pressure on the Jedi Council to train Anakin. This is in spite of Yoda and Mace Windu and all those other strange guys having a bad feeling about it.
Why did he insist? When I’m at work and I think of a crazy new way to do something differently I usually have second thoughts if one older wiser more experienced person advises me against it, but a whole council? Qui-Gon must of had some brass neck to go ahead with his plan despite all advise against it. Even as he was dying Qui-Gon can’t stop stressing the importance of training Anakin in the Force.
Either Qui-Gon was one stupid Jedi Master or he was a Sith spy, manipulating the Jedi Knights from the inside, and convincing them to train Anakin so he could one day become a powerful Dark Lord. Basically it could be Qui-Gon’s Fault that we even have Star Wars in the First place.
Reason 2. Kind of fits in with what we know about Snoke
Lord Snoke is an Old Battle Hardened Warrior who has seen the rise and fall of the Empire and the Clones of the episode 1-3. This could fit in with Qui-Gon provided he was actually alive for the duration of the canon, behind the scenes and didn’t die after being stabbed by Darth Maul.
There is the sticking point that Qui-Gon was burnt to a crisp at his Funeral as well. Even if he did that is no boundary to a plot. Characters come back from the dead all the time. Watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer if you don’t believe me.
Could this be due to Liam Neeson demanding too much of a large fee or because the big reveal of Qui-Gon as Snoke is yet to happen? Qui-Gon could be revived several different ways in Star Wars land. My hunch is that it could be something to do with Dark Midi-chlorians turning him into some sort of corpse Zombie. Who knows?
Reason 3 It would be very Star Wars like
I wasn’t too surprised watching episode 7 when I found out that Kylo Renn was previously Ben Solo. Another Jedi Knight Switching over. I’d seen it before. Anyone related to a Skywalker seems to be volatile to changing over. So in many ways I hope I’m wrong about Qui-Gon being Snoke. It would be a bit Cliche. I want the reveal of Snoke to be something completely mind blowing, like when you first watch the Matrix or taste a Belgian Waffle.
Reason 4: Same Eye Colour
If you look closely at Snoke’s Eyes
This at least Narrow’s who Snoke could be down to characters from the Old Canon with blue eyes or a completely new character. It should be noted that Andy Serkis also has blue eyes.
Reason 5: I want to see Liam Neeson in Star Wars Again
Growing up a mere 25 miles down the road from where Liam Neeson grew up I love the guy.
It is a known fact that any Ulsterman can use their threatening Liam Neeson voice to get exactly what they want. It especially works in Mcdonald’s in England as a good way of getting extra fries. It’s time Liam started doing some proper big movies again, none of this Taken 5 rubbish. He definitely didn’t get enough screen time in the span of the Star Wars movies we already have. To see him in Star Wars again would bring a smile to at least one corner of the world.
Reasons Against 1: Andy Serkis is the Voice of Lord Snoke
Yes he is, if this is anything to go by, Snoke’s back story will probably be footage of Andy Serkis, similar to the Gollum origin in Lord of The Rings. Snoke could still be a croaky worn out Qui-Gon though. Maybe Qui-Gon is working the Snoke Hologram like a puppet similar to the Wizard of Oz.
Reason Against 2: Qui-Gon was burnt to a crisp after his battle
This is the biggest barrier to my Theory. It’s the same reason Snoke is Probably not Leslie Nielsen or Chris Farley. But as I said, in Star Wars land, dead and buried does not always mean dead and buried.
Reason Against 3: Qui-Gon was a really nice guy
Watching Episode 1, You can’t help but think Qui-Gon is really peaceful and nice. Apart from his one glaring error in training Anakin, he is the most approachable of the Jedi, the most level headed. To think he was pure evil masking as good is just too ridiculous.
Reason Against 4: That Scar Though
Snoke has an old vertical scar over the frontal part of the middle of his forehead. Qui-Gon was killed by getting Light Sabred in the stomach. So at the point of death Qui-Gon does not have a scar on his head. However, since Episode 1 there is 60 odd years for Qui-Gon to be revived and get a few new battle scars. Maybe that scar is pointing to someone else… Maybe Snoke is actually Harry Potter!!!
As I said feel free to dismiss this as quickly as it was written. No doubt there are people who could pass Post Graduate degrees in Star Wars out there, while I could barely get a C in GSCE (SATs in America). If people want to point out the error of my ways go ahead. But if by the time the last episode is released I turn out to be right, my head will explode bigger than Starkiller Base when the Thermal Oscillator has been destroyed.
*Midi-chlorian: Microscopic Force Aware life forms that dwell within every cell of all living beings in Star Wars land…At least I think that’s kind of right