Who is Supreme Leader Snoke?

One of the other burning questions to come out of The Force Awakens was the backstory and identity of Supreme Leader Snoke.Supreme_Leader_Snoke

Lucasfilms Pablo Hidalgo shot down one of the most popular theories on Twitter. Supreme Leader Snoke is not Darth Plagueis. Plagueis is dead.

Lucasfilm is now saying definitely that he is not Plagueis.That still leaves open the question of who Snoke is. Other popular theories have suggested he’s Vader, or Tarkin.

Some have suggested he’s Palpatine. Falling to your doom has never been an effective way to kill off a character in this universe. There’s also the real possibility that the Palpatine we see on Death Star II is not the real Palpatine, but a clone. In the now decanonized Heir to the Empire series of novels, Palpatine had extensive cloning facilities. We know from the Attack of the Clones,which is canon, that he had dealings with the cloners on Kamino. A Palpatine clone is not out of the question, but I think it highly unlikely. Palpatine was assured of his victory at Endor, he had no reason to fear enough to send a clone. Maybe he somehow survived the fall and got off the Death Star before she blew?

A Palpatine clone is not out of the question, but I think it would be highly unlikely. Palpatine was assured of his victory at Endor, he had no reason to fear enough to send a clone. Of course, it is plausible that he’s that paranoid. Maybe he somehow survived the fall and got off the Death Star before she blew?Somebody turned Ben Solo to the Dark side and nobody seemed to have that trick down better than the Emperor.

I’m going to put the Palpatine theory in the unlikely territory, but as Matthew Berry likes to say, it wouldn’t blow the roof off my doors if it happened.

But if not Palpatine or Vader or Tarkin, then who? I’m going with the theory that Supreme Leader Snoke is one of the Imperial Ruling Council. We know the Ruling Council accompanied the Emperor to Endor. These are the purple robed guys with really impressive (or garish) looking hats that we see ever so briefly during Return of the Jedi.

The known members of the Council were Grand Vizier Mas Amedda, Sate Pestage, Janus Greejatus, Sim Aloo, Ars Dangor, Kren Blista-Vanee, and Verge. We know from Wookiepedia that after Endor, surviving members of the Imperial Council fought for control of the Remnant of the Empire. It appears “Snoke” won.

So which one? Perhaps Snoke was an another unnamed member or perhaps he’s one of these virtually unknown characters.

Verge died during the Siege of Inyusu Tor on Sullust in the game Battlefront.

Virtually nothing is known about Sim Aloo nor Sate Pestage outside of a mention in the novel, Tarkin. Mas Amedda, Janus Greejatus, Ars Dangor, and Kren Blista-Vanee all were confirmed to be on Death Star II and presumably died there. Presumably being the key word.

That leaves Mas Amedda, Janus Greejatus, Ars Dangor, and Kren Blista-Vanee who were all confirmed to be on Death Star II and presumably died there. Presumably being the key word.

Mas Amedda was a Chagrian and that scar on Snoke’s head could be where his horns were ripped out. Janus was the name of the two-faced god of Greek mythology. There is certainly something appealing to the idea that Janus is Supreme Leader Snoke.

Janus Greejatus

Janus Greejatus

We know from TFA deleted scenes that Snoke knew what happened in the Emperor’s Throne room. You see Palpatine dismiss the Imperial Council and Emperor’s Guards right after Luke arrives.

As far as we know there were only three people in the Throne room (Vader, Luke, and the Emperor). Two of those three people are presumed to be rather dead. I admit this would give some credence to the theory that “Snoke” is Palpatine, however; there’s still a way the Imperial Council could have known what happened.

Imagine that after the Imperial Council was dismissed, they go to an adjacent room to watch the confrontation expecting to watch the Emperor convert Luke the Dark Side. The Imperial Council were Palpatine’s eyes and ears. They were used to being in the know. They would have wanted to watch. Perhaps some were even making preparations to “complete your [Luke’s] training” as the Emperor says. Then they watch in horror as Vader tosses Palpatine down the shaft.

At that point, the Emperor is dead, the shield protecting Death Star II is down and Rebel fighters are in the superstructure. The members of the Imperial Council decide its time to make a hasty exit. It took some time for Luke to drag Vader all the way from the Emperor’s Throne room to the hanger where he borrows his Dad’s shuttle. “Snoke” would have had plenty of time to find his own ship or perhaps an escape pod.

If he finds a hyperdrive capable ship, he simply disappears into Imperial space, but if instead he had to take an escape pod, the pod would have crashed landed on Endor, explaining some of Snoke’s injuries. Snoke then sheds his Imperial Council robes. He ambushes a Rebel grunt who had a bit too much to drink at the end of the movie celebration. He blends in with the Rebels as they evacuate Endor and eventually makes his way back to the remnant of the Empire where he rises to power.

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