Great, you're probably thinking. Another Snoke theory. You might just want to stick around for this one, though. You probably would have never guessed it.
If you're even a little bit involved in the Star Wars Universe chatter, you've probably heard a plethora of theories on who Supreme Leader Snoke really is. The most popular seems to be Darth Plagueis, a resurrected version of Darth Sidious' master, but some have posited that he is everything from Darth Sidious himself to Mace Windu and even Boba Fett. But one fan on Reddit got to thinking, and well, what if Snoke isn't real at all?
Yes, friend. Perhaps he is just a figment of Kylo's unstable imagination. But how? you say. Everyone else can see him, too!
Here's where it gets interesting. We've seen plenty of new Force-related abilities in the new Star Wars trilogy so far, whether it be stopping laser fire mid-air or Luke's stunning cross-galaxy projection and exit from The Last Jedi. The theory here, then, is that the newly inaugurated Supreme Leader of the First Order is powerful enough to have projected Snoke for others to see as well, and that Snoke is little more than a projection of some kind of second personality inside Ren himself. Our Reddit user said it best:
"Whenever Snoke is spoken about in the series by either Luke, Leia, or Han, he's spoken about in a rather impersonal manner. 'We lost him to Snoke', 'Snoke did this' etc etc. It would be cool if someone like Luke when referring to Snoke, was actually speaking about Kylo's dark side. Maybe Luke knew? Maybe Han knew? Remember when Han said to Kylo Ren on the bridge, 'That's Snoke talking'?"
It's certainly intriguing, and totally within the realm of possibility considering what we've seen in the movies so far. Unfortunately, I have something of a hunch that Disney is planning a safe plotline for Episode IX considering the backlash against The Last Jedi. Even if they don't, I think it's unlikely that they will explore Snoke's character any further with Rian Johnson already having said that he felt any such explanation was an impediment to the flow of the story.
But we'll see. Maybe Disney will, in fact, let the past die.
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