Published On: Sat, Dec 21st, 2019

Star Wars Rise of Skywalker: SNOKE and Palpatine shock EXPLAINED | Films | Entertainment

The Last Jedi divided fans but mainly thrilled critics. The Rise of Skywalker seems to be heading the opposite direction, with many critics unimpressed but fans reactions much more upbeat. One thing is absolutely clear. Whatever JJ Abrams may say, the new movie makes no bones about rewriting much of what happened in Episode 8, particularly concerning two of the issues which caused the biggest fan backlash. 

Snoke was a major fan favourite in The Force Awakens.

The shadowy and sinister figure was set up as the new Skywalker nemesis and everyone feverishly speculated about what would be revealed in The Last Jedi.

Rian Johnson, however, was determined to subvert every single expectation possible and so Snoke was abruptly dispatched with fans none the wiser about who he was or where he came from.

Until now…

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Many fans now believe that Snoke was a clone, manufactured by Palpatine’s scientists on Exogol.

It seems more likely those body parts were from other clones, rather than the original Snoke’s remains.

This adds another layer to the horrific realisation that Palpatine has been playing a very long game with the main galaxy, the First Order waiting in the wings in the Unknown Regions and then another layer of the Final Order, hidden even deeper in the uncharted regions.

This, at least, gives Snoke’s story arc a proper conclusion and some sense of where he came from and why.

Similarly, Abrams also completely retcons the revelation about Rey’s parents.

Yes, they did abandon and sell her, as was established in The Last Jedi, but only to protect her and her staggering lineage. 

The debate will doubtless rage for years over the decisions to allow different directors so much creative freedom that it resulted in a see-saw between different plotlines and basic ideas.


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