The list of unanswered questions in Star Wars: The Force Awakens goes on and on. Earlier this week the internet had a SPOILER-filled stab at trying to guess who Rey’s parents are – now the focus has turned to Supreme Leader Snoke. Who is he, and what does he want?
This week it was confirmed by Andy Serkis that Snoke is most certainly not who fans thought he was – Emperor Palpatine’s old master, Darth Plagueis. In Episode III Palpatine claimed to have murdered that master in his sleep, after revealing that Plagueis knew the secret to eternal life via the Dark Side of the Force. But Serkis, who provided the motion capture for Snoke, insisted that this was not the case.
Crush one theory and another will arise – and this new one suggests that the Supreme Leader Snoke is in fact the original series’ villain, Darth Vader. Yeah.
A side-by-side image of Vader and Snoke has set certain corners of the web aflame with the idea that Snoke is actually Darth Vader. The pair both posses a notably deep scar on their head in a very similar position and comparable pale skin. The fact that Snoke could be as gigantic as his hologram suggests hasn’t put those theorists off.
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But does this really make any sense? Darth Vader is dead – very dead – after we saw him burned on a funeral pyre at the end of 1983’s Return of The Jedi. He even appeared as a ghostly figure to Luke alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda.
Then there’s Snoke’s limbs. From what we can see, Snoke has a full set of fully functioning arms and legs, but in Episode III we saw Vader lose parts of his arms and legs and get fitted for a suit. If Vader had the ability to regenerate limbs and return from the dead, surely fixing a scar on the top of his head wouldn’t be too much of a stretch?
It’s unlikely we’ll know exactly who he is until Episode VIII arrives in 2017, so there’s still plenty of time to keep guessing.