The Force Awakens left so many questions for Star Wars fans. Who is Supreme Leader Snoke? How did Kylo Ren fall to the dark side? Who are Rey's parents? And why has Luke vanished on a pilgrimage to Ahch-To? Fans are eager to see these mysteries resolved, but they may have to wait a while yet. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Rian Johnson — the writer-director of The Last Jedi — has cautioned fans not to expect the film to give us all the answers.
Snoke's Origin Will Not Be Explained — At Least, Not Completely
The key thing to remember, Johnson explained, is that a good story is not a Wikipedia article. It doesn't tell you everything you want to know. Instead, it tells you everything you need to know. As Johnson explains:
"Similar to with Rey’s parentage, Snoke is here to serve a function in the story. And, you know, a story is not a Wikipedia page."
It seems that although The Last Jedi may reveal who Rey's parents are, it will only do so in order to drive the would-be Jedi's character arc. In the same way, Snoke's backstory will be explored only to the degree that it is relevant to the story. That means we can't expect to get all the answers. As Johnson explained, it's the same approach Lucasfilm used in the Original Trilogy.
"In the original trilogy, we didn’t know anything about the Emperor except exactly what we needed to know, which is what Luke knew about him, that he’s the evil guy behind Vader."
The Wikipedia comparison is becoming something of a constant refrain for Lucasfilm. Johnson has said it before, and Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo has made the same comment recently.
What Can We Expect?
It's becoming clear that Lucasfilm is trying to carefully manage our expectations. They're aware that fans are intensely curious about Rey's parentage, and about Snoke's origin. They're concerned that fans may be disappointed, and are trying to ensure we go into the film with realistic expectations.
The question is, will these mysteries ever be resolved? Thankfully, Lucasfilm has a unique approach to canon. The Star Wars saga embraces a lot more than just a range of blockbuster movies. In the run-up to every film, Lucasfilm releases a range of bestseling novels to drop tantalizing hints. In the aftermath of each movie, Lucasfilm releases more books that follow on from it, exploring the characters, themes, and ideas that have just been introduced on the big screen. It stands to reason then, that we can expect Snoke's story to be explored in 2018's novels.
After two years of intense speculation on Snoke's origins, refusing to answer our questions in The Last Jedi may not be the approach we want Lucasfilm to take. But, as little as we like to admit it, Johnson has a point. A good story doesn't exist to answer all our questions. Rather, it exists to serve a very different purpose, to allow us to experience a narrative. We'll get the answers in the end, and no doubt fans will happily fill out those Wikipedia pages when it's all done.
Do you think Lucasfilm are making the right call? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]