Can we talk about Snoke for a second? Now I know that we have decided, collectively that Snoke is his own thing, that he isn’t Darth Plagueis The Wise, and that he may not even play that large a role in The Last Jedi. But I have a theory that might play into the dark and weird of it all, tie this trilogy to the prequel trilogy, and introduce a new and exciting element to Star Wars canon…
Rian Johnson himself has said that The Last Jedi will be dark and weird, and Daisy Ridley has recently commented that Rian has written a script that is unexpected but right. What could be unexpected about The Last Jedi? Could it be the introduction of new canon elements? New Star Wars lore? New rules? Well that wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened recently.
In the expended storytelling we have been introduced to the concept of Kyber Crystals and how they may very well be living things that exist within the Force, and how these crystals can be corrupted, or bled by dark Force wielders to be used in their own red bladed weapons. We have also learnt through the Ahsoka novel that this damage can be undone by a powerful light side user, like Ahsoka herself who restored the corrupted crystals of a Sith Inquisitor and placed them at the heart of her own white bladed lightsabers. Want something more spiritual? How about the Barash Vow? The Vow was recently introduced and explains why certain Jedi chose to sit by as conflict rages across the galaxy? This latter element could be a way to retcon the choices made by Yoda and Obi-Wan in the original trilogy. Retconning isn’t always bad.
It’s no accident that these elements are introduced to us in expanded storytelling. I believe we are being conditioned to understand certain things about Star Wars lore, how the galaxy far far away works, and how what we have accepted for years, may be viewed from a different point of view.
So what could be introduced to Star Wars canon that both adds to the lore, but also retcons what has gone before, making the story more intriguing and more rewarding? How about a terrifying Sith ability?
Let me start by saying that this theory allows Snoke to be Darth Plagueis if the writer so decides, but it is not especially necessary. This theory would retcon the rule of two and expand on a major story element in Star Wars Episode III Revenge Of The Sith. Lets get started.
I believe Rian Johnson may very well introduce a new dark side ability that reflects the Jedi ability to retain their identity after death and become blue Force ghosts. But the Sith version of this must reflect the Sith preoccupation with retaining their physical connection to the world, and to it’s many pleasures. I have been referring to this ability as Force Possession.
Here is how I see it working.
I believe that Darth Plagueis found a way to move a Force sensitive’s “being” from one physical form into another. Remember when Palpatine said, “He could even keep the ones he cared about from dying”, did Darth Plagueis find away to use the Midi-chlorians in a Force users body to facilitate a Force possession of another form? This would allow the Sith to survive a physical death and retain their identities, without giving up the physical pleasures (like power and influence) that they value so highly. I’m going to bury the lead here and suggest that this would give the writers the freedom to make Snoke either Plagueis himself, or one of those he cared so much about, possibly a student or a loved one, and the physical form that the Snoke entity is currently inhabiting is starting to break down, meaning he will need a new host soon.
Which brings us to phase two…
We learn in Revenge of the Sith that Darth Plagueis also learnt to create life by manipulating the Midi-chlorians. We have all accepted, I think, that this was intended to explain the apparent virgin birth of Anakin Skywalker, the Chosen One. Why would Darth Plagueis be interested in creating life? Could it be that he was designing new host bodies for his own use later on? If Darth Plagueis felt that he could simply move into another form, why not create a super powerful one and have it in spare? And where better to keep this spare physical form than right next to you?
We have been told (through legends) that the rule of two is to reduce the amount of infighting between the Sith. That the order would exist in the form of two, one to have the power and one to crave it. What if Rian Johnson retcons this little piece of Star Wars lore so that it makes more sense. To frame this rule as simply Sith propaganda and the real purpose of the apprentice is to be a spare body for the master. It would be in the master’s best interest to keep this secret, and I suspect that Palptine’s intended purpose when recruited by Plagueis, was to play host to his form at the end of his life. Now, if Palpatine became aware of Plagueis’ true intentions and saw young Anakin as his potential replacement, it would make sense that he move against his master immediately, before he himself was killed, even if his own understanding of his master’s new found skill was limited. Palpatine must have been certain he could find the answer and move his Force essence into Anakin at some point. Might this explain why he was so cavalier with his own physical form in Revenge of the Sith? Because he believed he would be moving into Anakin’s form, Anakin’s very powerful physical form, soon?
If this is true it would retcon the rule of two and reframe Palpatine’s reaction to Vader’s injuries at the hand of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Old Ben basically wrecked Palpatine’s new home. Which might be why the twins are so valuable to Palpatine and needed to be hidden. Not because they were simply a threat to his rule, but they might act as a vessel for the Darth Sidious entity to survive death.
If we jump forward to the sequel trilogy and we carry this theory through, then Snoke might be either Plagueis or a loved one of Plagueis’ surviving in a withering form. As the master of Kylo Ren, might he be attempting to corrupt the former student of Luke Skywalker, much the same way the Sith corrupt the Kyber Crystals in order to purge the boy of any light side attributes and eventually take over that form? From the position of the young master of the Knights of Ren, Snoke could rule his new Empire, with his apprentice, Rey at his side, unwittingly providing his next physical form…
Thank you for reading,