Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi below.
As we know, Snoke was hardly used in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We expected him to be a vicious leader in the midst of training Kylo Ren. Rather than fitting expectations, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson decided to make Snoke a mere side character and kill him off in the middle of the film. Johnson explained why he handled the character this way:
“In this particular story, it’s much more like the original trilogy, where with Snoke if you think about the actual scenes, if suddenly I had paused one of the scenes to give a 30 second monologue about who he was, it would have kind of stopped the scene in its tracks, I realized. Even though it could have been interesting, something that fans were interested in, as storytellers, we have to kind of serve what the scenes need to be. It was a tough thing, even though I knew some fans were interested in it I also knew it wasn’t something that dramatically had a place in this movie. Hopefully it can be addressed elsewhere or even J.J. may address it in the next movie. But it’s not something that’s particularly interesting to Rey, so we kind of had to follow through.”
Although I was initially against the decision to sideline the Supreme Leader, I eventually came to appreciate the bold decision. The character was not needed to fit the story being told, and it was fitting to kill him off before fans got to know his backstory.
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