'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Director Addresses Snoke Fan Theories

Yes, the director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi knows about your Supreme Leader Snoke fan theories and while he believes they're all fun and interesting, he doesn't believe they belong in this movie.

SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow.

While fans were hoping to learn the origin story of Supreme Leader Snoke, Star Wars: The Last Jedi instead delivered the villain's final moments. Snoke's apprentice, Kylo Ren, killed his master in one of the most dramatic turning points in the film.

Some fans are annoyed that Star Wars: The Last Jedi so easily dispensed with a villain who was built up so much in Star Wars: The Force Awakens without offering any explanation as to who he was or why he mattered. Director Rian Johnson says that while he's sure there's an interesting history to Supreme Leader Snoke he ultimately doesn't believe it needed to be told in Star Wars: The Last Jedi any more than Emperor Palpatine's history needed to be explored in the original Star Wars trilogy.

“I do think it’s interesting,” Johnson tells Entertainment Weekly. “I never want to poo-poo the fans coming up with theories. It’s part of the fun of being a Star Wars fan. If there is a place for it in another story, I hope it gets told.

“It would have stopped any of these scenes dead cold if he had stopped and given a 30-second speech about how he’s Darth Plagueis,” Johnson said. “It doesn’t matter to Rey. If he had done that, Rey would have blinked and said, ‘Who?’ And the scene would have gone on.”

And just to clarify, Johnson goes on to state, “And I’m not saying he’s Darth Plagueis!"

Longtime fans of Star Wars know that, with the various novels and comics and other stories being told in the Star Wars universe, no story goes untold forever. It seems like it will only be a matter of time before Snoke's history comes to light.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in theaters. Its sequel and the final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Star Wars: Episode IX, will release in theaters on December 20, 2019. The next standalone Star Wars movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, opens in theaters on May 25, 2018.