Force Awakens Theories: Snoke’s Identity, Arthurian Legend, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Rey’s Name, George Lucas and More
Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
Okay, so we’ve already tried to answer some of the unanswered questions of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and also offered some of our own ridiculous theories. Today I thought I’d take a look at some of your ridiculous (and not so ridiculous?) Force Awakens theories.
After the jump you can see some more theories about the possible identity of Supreme Leader Snoke, connect the dots between Arthurian legend and The Force Awakens, find out what Obi-Wan Kenobi’s legacy may have to do with the future of this franchise, wonder if Rey is even her real name, speculate on whether Max Von Sydow‘s Lor San Tekka is a metaphor for George Lucas, and lastly dig into a theory involving a “subtle relationship” between two same-sex characters. All this and more, after the jump.
Warning: The following article discusses spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and theorizes on how things may come into play in Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX.
Snoke Is the Grand Inquisitor from Star Wars Rebels
We’ve theorized at length about Supreme Leader Snoke’s origins in the past, and I’ve attempted to debunk the theory that he is Darth Plagueis (the Sith lord and former master of Palpatine who is mentioned in Revenge of the Sith). One of the other theories I’ve seen floating around is that Supreme Leader Snoke is actually the Grand Inquisitor from Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels. And it’s not out of the question as the Rebels creators have said it’s possible for characters from the animated TV series to crossover into the live action films.
Those of you who watch Rebels know that the Inquisitors were commanded to track down and kill any remaining Jedi. The Grand Inquisitor answered to Darth Vader himself, and was tasked to hunt down a Jedi named Kanan and his apprentice Ezra. At the end of season one (spoilers coming up), Kanan and the Inquisitor have a final duel and the Inquisitor falls off a bridge over a reactor core on the verge of exploding. Moviepilot, however, theorizes that the Inquisitor didn’t die:
The dark side is very strong with the Inquisitor, so the force could have protected him… somewhat. Hence the scarring of Snoke. Snoke looks to have a form of a Pau’an being (from Utapau), which is The Grand Inquisitors race as well. Star Wars Rebels has a different animation style than the big screen movies. So Snoke could very well be Pau’an. Snoke has severe scarring — Maybe from an explosion? But still has a Pau’an look to him. Snoke is obviously strong with the Force — as was the Inquisitor. He was highly trained in using the Force to control his lightsaber throws as well as interrogate prisoners. Snoke specifically wants to find Luke Skywalker. Possible Jedi hunting continued after Vaders death. Snoke is 7 feet tall according to Andy Serkis. And the Grand Inquisitor is approximately that height as well. Snoke as an Inquisitor makes more sense. Plagueis would have a different approach to alliances. In this case, the Knights of Ren. (Like an evil Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.) Plagueis, as stated earlier, would be wiser in his choice of an apprentice rather than a gamble on Kylo Ren.
They go on to theorize how the Inquisitor might have joined forces with General Hux and the First Order, fitting their theory into what we know about the backstory of Hux and the First Order:
General Hux’s father Brendol Hux was the Commandant over seeing special cadets at Arkanis Academy. (A branch off the Imperial Academy.) It was used for finding talented individuals that showed above average skill in the military. It also was a place where Inquisitors were trained to hunt and kill Jedi! The Grand Inquisitor was overseeing the operations of finding Force-sensitive recruits to become Inquisitors! Which means most likely, Brendol Hux and the Grand Inquisitor knew each other. As they were stationed at the same base and were high-ranking authorities. After the signing of the Galactic Concordance (Peace Treaty with the Empire and New Republic after the Empire lost the Battle of Jakku), Brendol Hux and others defected or fled. Skip ahead 30 years later. Brendol Hux’s son, General Hux is the military leader of the First Order and Snoke (the Grand Inquisitor) is the Supreme Leader of the Order. Which explains why Snoke listens to General Hux. He knew his father!
While the image is a clever presentation and the theory is fun and all, it just doesn’t add up for me.
More Snoke Theories
And speaking of Snoke theories, our friends at Star Wars Minute did a good job of summing up some of the theories and presenting the evidence for and against, in a short 5-minute video. I like the suggestion that if Supreme Leader Snoke was Darth Plagueis, it weakens Palpatine as a character and undermines his abilities and legacy as a master manipulator. He goes on to explain how Star Wars Aftermath might give us some clues about Snoke’s origins on the very dark edge of the galaxy.