Star Wars: The Force Awakens left more questions than answers, it could be argued, and none of those questions are much bigger than; who in the name of Jakku is this guy Supreme Leader Snoke? There has been plausible theories and not-so plausible ones too. Hey, maybe we’re all missing a trick here and Snoke is actually just Snoke. Can’t Snoke just be Snoke? Why do we even give a Snoke? I’ll tell you why; because he has serious implications for the rest of the Star Wars franchise and that’s why we’re here, after all.
Here’s what we know for sure: Snoke is a bad egg, he is the leader of the First Order and the master of Kylo Ren, which means he is indirectly the master of the Knights of Ren. We don’t know what species he is nor his height (he only appeared in misleading holograms during The Force Awakens). It’s safe to assume that he’s smaller than his holograms but he could also actually be that height. You never know.
A new theory from MoviePilot may have realised that Snoke isn’t all he is cracked up to be. Now, let’s read on with an open mind and consider all possibilities, the fate of the galaxy rests in our hands (well, not really).
“After watching The Force Awakens for the umpteenth time, I noticed some things about Snoke I had not caught onto before. Whenever the Resistance would discuss the Supreme Leader, they would mention the fact that he would manipulate Kylo Ren.
“Notice that choice of wording: “manipulate.” It wasn’t that he took Kylo Ren under his wing – he completely manipulated the boy into believing he could be a true successor to Darth Vader. Not only that, but Han even mentioned that Snoke was using Kylo Ren. But my question is, if Snoke was really such a powerful force wielder, why would he need to manipulate and use Kylo Ren to do something he could easily do himself?
“Though Snoke poses as a powerful force wielder, leading the frightening band of Dark Side wielders, there has been no evidence that he himself uses the Force. Though he teaches the young Sith how to wield the Dark Side, Snoke appears to distance himself from the group.
“In order to teach something, you have to know about it – you don’t typically have to be able to do it. As the old saying goes, “those who can’t do, teach.” Perhaps Snoke knows almost everything there is to know about the Dark Side, yet can’t wield it himself as he is not force sensitive.
So yeah, Snoke has spies. He isn’t omnipotent, just regularly informed by his minions. That’s how he felt the awakening and asked Kylo Ren. Snoke has weird looking female spy in Maz Kanata’s castle who is keeping him up-to-date with all things Light. The Daily Dark Side.
Anyway, the theory continues by saying that Snoke may not actually be a Force wielder because he was alive during Return of the Jedi, when Anakin Skywalker fulfilled his destiny in restoring balance to the Force by chucking Emperor Palpatine to a bloody death.
“So if Snoke is not a force wielder, why then would he need to assemble an army of force wielders for the Dark Side? The answer is simple: he saw the return of the Jedi (no pun intended) and realized that they would pose a threat to his evil plans, and to him personally. Thus, he needed to find a way to balance the Force onto his side by wiping out the Jedi.
“The only way to truly wipe out the Jedi would be to bring back the Dark Side and exterminate those on the Light Side. Using the knowledge he had of the Dark Side, Snoke found all the force wielders he could and trained them in the ways of the Dark Side of the Force, including the Jedi trainee known as Ben Solo.
“Snoke posed himself as a Force wielder, manipulating and using the Knights to do his bidding under his false facade. This would explain why he distances himself from the Knights – so that they don’t catch that his facade is really just a facade.
Key part coming right up here:
“As we witnessed in A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, you do not have to use the Force to train someone under the Force. During the training of Luke, neither Obi Wan nor Yoda used the Force to guide him. If simply talking and watching is all you need to do to train someone, Snoke easily could have pulled this off.
So, do you think Snoke actually doesn’t have any Force powers at all and this explains why he is training Kylo Ren, who has large quantities of Force sensitivity? If this is true, it would make Snoke on the sneakiest but effective members of the Dark Side that has ever existed. He may not be able to use the Force himself, but he is able to manipulate impressionable minds like Kylo Ren in order to further the building of his galactic Empire, therefore changing the galaxy forever! Noooooo (as a one-handed Luke Skywalker would say).