Posted on Monday, December 28th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
One of the unanswered questions of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is “who is Supreme Leader Snoke?” Not much is revealed about the character, played by performance capture mastermind Andy Serkis, in the film. But there is a small group of Star Wars fanatics that believe he is Darth Plagueis, a character set up in the Star Wars prequels. While it might be nice to have the puppet master of this new sequel trilogy tie into the larger Star Wars saga, I never really bought into the idea. And now I believe I have some proof. Hit the jump to find out why the Snoke Darth Plagueis theories are most likely wrong.
Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the previous trilogies follow.
Who Is Darth Plagueis?
Okay, before we attempt to debunk this theory, let’s explain who Darth Plagueis is. In Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Palpatine tells Anakin Skywalker the story about a dark Sith lord who had the ability to cheat death. You can watch the clip above, but here in the main quote:
Darth Plagueis was a dark lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise. He could influence the midichlorians to create life. He had such a knowledge of the Dark Side, he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.
Palpatine, who was trained by Plagueis (confirmed by the Star Wars Encylopedia), claimed to have killed the Sith lord in his sleep. George Lucas has said that Plagueis was a Muun, a thin, narrow-faced species of alien with a flair for finances.
A Star Wars book, Darth Plagueis, told the story of the character’s backstory but it is no longer considered Star Wars canon. That said, the newer novel Tarkin, written by the same author, canonizes some elements from the earlier Darth Plagueis novel. The video above from Star Wars Minute recaps the “Legends” backstory of the character.
It should also be mentioned that leading up to the release of The Force Awakens, Star Wars fanatics theorized that Rey’s staff was actually the staff of Darth Plagueis. You can see it in the above image of a Darth Plagueis action figure. However, Rey’s staff did not turn out to have a secret lightsaber blade, as many of these fans had theorized.
The Comic-Con Denial
The filmmakers were asked about the possibility at Comic-Con, as seen in the clip above. Star Wars: The Force Awakens co-writer Lawrence Kasdan apparently didn’t even know who Darth Plagueis is (and why would he, seeing as it wasn’t part of the original trilogy). J.J. Abrams attempts to cover for him by saying “Larry is just messing with you,” but it really seems apparent to me that Kasdan has no idea what the fan is talking about. Abrams goes on to tell the fan that while it’s “too early to start talking about story,” the answer is “no.”
You would think that would be enough to settle the argument right there, but some hardcore Star Wars fanatics are conspiracy theorists of the highest order and won’t take that at face value. And of course it doesn’t help that Abrams has lied in the past to protect secrets (remember Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness?), although even Abrams has since admitted that was a mistake.
After the jump I explain why Supreme Leader Snoke is probably not Darth Plagueis.