It's what everyone seems to be talking about still, a month after the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There are theories of all stripes - most of which are either insane or just make such ridiculous leaps it's easier to laugh at them than to actually argue for or against them. Well, it turns out we know one person that influenced Snoke now: Abraham Lincoln.
Now, remember, this is a galaxy far, far away and it all takes place a long time ago. So it isn't like Honest Abe is Snoke's personal Master.
But the Lincoln Memorial did inspire his look, ILM artist Roger Guyett told Cinemablend.
"Imagine when you’re a kid or whatever, you go up and you stand in front of the Lincoln Memorial. And you see old Lincoln in a huge chair. There’s a certain quality about that. So, that was certainly sort of part of the inspiration for it all," Guyett said.
He also confirmed (which, didn't the movie confirm this?) that Snoke's appearance in the film is a hologram - and that means he could be that big, or he could be completely miniature.
"The idea really in that opening scene is sort of like, ‘What is going on here. Ok, it’s a hologram. Is he really this big?’ OK, once you figure out that it’s a hologram, of course it’s like, ‘Well how big is he?’" Guyett posited. "He is a hologram" in the film, he said definitively.
So no, people reaching for theories, he's not a Force ghost.
The character's final look came from "a lot of exploration," which also seems to eliminate a lot of existing characters that have a thing or two in common with his look from the conversation. This echoes what actor Andy Serkis said, that his look and style were all built during filming and development.
We'll likely not find out anything more about Snoke until Star Wars: Episode VIII, but luckily, that's already out next year.