Snoke is the Grand Inquisitor from Star Wars Rebels TV Series.
Having seen [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) over 7 times in past 5 days, I've got a bone to pick with Darth Plagueis theories, as will as other theories. But for now we'll focus on Darth Plagueis.
This of course has partial spoilers from The Force Awakens and Star Wars Rebels.So if you haven't seen them..."Move along, these aren't the droids you're looking for"...
I have collected information from articles all over the Internet and compiled a list of reasons as to why we probably won't see Darth Plagueis in the new trilogy.
Deep down I think we want to see Darth Palgueis resurrected
But I believe the big screen wouldn't do him justice. Star Wars fans where also disappointed with the Prequel Trilogy in general. Did we really need Jar Jar, and midicholorians to explain why Emperor Palpatine rose to power? Remember that Darth Plagueis story is highly dependent on midicholorian manipulation to create life.
Let's get started
Why I'm not convinced it's Plagueis
Sure we can say Snoke is Darth Plagueis come back from the dead, but that's really pushing it. Darth Sidious would have sensed his that his masters life force had subsided. In fact, Sidious would have made sure of it by burning the body as well. Thats a vague idea,but this is Darth Sidious were talking about. He has planned the fall of the Republic and the building of an Empire for decades. Sidious is also amongst the High Jedi Council in all the movies. Darth Sidious is incredibly powerful. That being said,if Sith are being resurrected,wouldn't that be what everyone is after. In fact Darth Vader and Sidious would be constantly trying to replicate life in order to remain in power for eternity. They wouldn't put so much attention on creating a Death Star.
In my opinion Darth Plagueis was wise, and let's be honest, paranoid about losing such a powerful force. He would not have taught Palpatine or anyone else everything about the living force.
So here are some thoughts to ponder
-Perhaps Plagueis may just be a sith legend. Or maybe an analogy.(i.e. Ben Kenobi told Luke that Darth Vader betrayed and killed Anakin SkywalkerNow Palpatine is using it the same way to seduce Anakin.(Because that was Palpatines goal.)
-On the other hand Plagueis would also be to powerful and would not balance the force. The balance of the force is relayed heavily throughout the Star Wars saga. (Some theory states that Luke and Plagueis would balance the force.But Luke is in no shape whatsoever to balance out a powerful being such as Plagueis)
-Plagueis would not be using Kylo Ren as an apprentice, nor would he be relying on the Knights of Ren. Kylo himself would be too weak and a huge gamble. Plagueis the WISE...He wouldn't be wasting time on unstable puppets like Kylo Ren. (He pitches a fit when the First Order loses BB-8, and when Rey escapes.)(Darth Vader killed his underlings and kept cool when things didn't go according plan)(If Kylo Ren is trying to be like Vader, he's doing a poor job so far)-Plagueis canon so far only states that he is 7ft tall and slim. We're tired of hearing he's a Muun, Bith, Gungan, Boba Fett, Leia Organa...wait...what...oh come on...
-One of the lead writers of Star Wars (Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm Story Group) even makes statements against theories that Snoke is Plagueis. Abrams and Kasdan (who wrote the script for The Force Awakens) have also turned down theories of Darth Plagueis as well.
(This ones a freebie. One theory stated that Plagueis was the one who conceived Anakin Skywalker! Ok...so Plagueis the Wise conceives a child and watches his lineage up to Luke and Leia and realizes he messed up "...cuz holy crap they're trying to eliminate the First Order instead of helping it. Should've sensed that coming since I have 'The Wise' in my name"...should of used force protection. So now he's hunting down Luke to eliminate him. Then there will be no Jedi left. So Episodes one through...what...nine meant nothing. Use protection people or you'll eventually want to hunt down and eliminate your lineage)
Though I don't like it. Here's the other side of the coin.
Why he could be Plagueis
The best theory I can come up with is that Palpatine didn't kill his master. He gravely injured him. And so Palpatine used his knowledge of the force to conceive Anakin as an apprentice to rival Plagueis should he return. Palpatine hid Anakin on Tatooine from the injured eyes of his master Plagueis. Who still weak from his surprise attack from Palpatine , decides to go into hiding. Palpatine waits years until negations with the trade federation go south and Obi Wan and Qui Gon stumble across young Ani on Tatooine. ( When his original plan was to find him later and train him himself after he had taken control of the senate) . But it still went down in Revenge of the Sith years later. You know the rest. But he tells Anakin of Darth Plagueis . About his power and gets Anakins attention. Skip ahead. Darth Vader is killin and Palpatine is chillin and Plagueis is waitin...Palpatine loses control. Plagueis returns. The First Order rises. The sith shall rule the Galaxy once more.
Another theory is that Palpatine and Plagueis were very close to perfecting eternal life. Plagueis knew that he could finish the work and tested it without Palpatinr over his shoulder. Thus Anakin was conceived. Palpatine foresaw this and killed Plagueis. Palpatine then waits for the time when he can take Anakin under his wing as the most powerful sith ever born,and the rest is history.
As much as I hate the Plagueis theory. I still have a small liking towards it. Granted it would be an interesting story to tell. But now to my theory.
The way I see it.
Supreme Leader Snoke as the Grand Inquisitor would have a greater significance and be a nice nod to the Rebels TV series.
If you've watched the series (which is part of the new canon of Star Wars) you know that the Inquisitors where commanded to track down and kill any remaining Jedi. The Grand Inquisitor was commanded by Darth Vader to specifically track down a Jedi named Kanan and his apprentice Ezra, ( the series main protagonists). At the end of season one, Kanan and the Inquisitor have a final duel. Long story short. The Inquisitor loses and is hanging off the edge of a bridge over a reactor core on the verge of exploding .Knowing that Vader would punish him for his failure to kill Kanan, The Inquisitor lets go and fails into the now exploding reactor and dies- or does he?
-The dark side is very strong with the Inquisitor, so the force could have protected him...somewhat. Hence the scarring of Snoke.
-Snoke looks to have a form of a Pau'an being,(From Utapau), which is The Grand Inquisitors race as well. Star Wars Rebels has a different animation style than the big screen movies. So Snoke could very well be Pau'an.
-Snoke has severe scaring - Maybe from an explosion? But still has a Pau'an look to him.
-Snoke is obviously strong with the force- as was the Inquisitor. He was highly trained in using the force to control his lightsaber throws as well as interrogate prisoners.
-Snoke specifically wants to find Luke Skywalker. Possible Jedi hunting continued after Vaders death.
-Snoke is 7ft tall according to Andy Serkis. And The Grand Inquisitor is approximately that height as well.
-Snoke as an Inquisitor makes more sense. Plagueis would have a different approach to alliances. In this case, the Knights of Ren. (Like an evil Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table). Plagueis, as stated earlier, would be wiser in his choice of an apprentice rather than a gamble on Kylo Ren.
-Also The Inquisitors would most likely have a proposition toward having an alliance with a small faction in general. Where Plagueis would only have a slight, if any,trust in one person.
-Snoke listens to General Hux's plans.
Here we go, legit stuff here.
General Hux's father Brendol Hux was the Commandant over seeing special cadets at Arkanis Academy. (A branch off the Imperial Academy). It was used for finding talented individuals that showed above average skill in the military. It also was a place where Inquisitors were trained to hunt and kill Jedis! The Grand Inquisitor was overseeing the operations of finding force sensitive recruits to become Inquisitors! Which means most likely, Brendol Hux and the Grand Inquisitor knew each other.As they were stationed at the same base and where high ranking authorities.
After the signing of the Galactic Concordance (Peace Treaty with the Empire and New Republic after the Empire lost the Battle of Jakku), Brendol Hux and others defected or fled. Skip ahead 30 years later. Brendol Hux's son, General Hux is the military leader of the First Order and Snoke (The Grand Inquisitor ) is the Supreme Leader of the Order. Which explains why Snoke listens to General Hux. He knew his father!
(By the way. Brendol Hux was also the leader of a "secret recruiting" plan on Ackanis. This plan included kidnapping young children (babies) to serve within the Imperial Army. (FN-2187 was one of them. And also scored in the top 1% for skill within the academy). This is what General Hux is referring to when he talks to Kylo Ren. Hux military is trained from birth to serve the First Order.
These are a few things.But there is more "evidence".
1. The First Order has access to the Empiral Archives which General Hux references.(Talking to Snoke and Kylo Ren about the map to Skywalker. He states they have everything mapped from the archives except the missing piece that BB-8 haS
The Grand Inquisitor also had access to these files. And used them extensively to understand the Jedi he was hunting.That being said. Snoke, if he is the Inquisitor , has access to these files and knows how to use them. And has the great aptitude for finding and killing Jedi. The Grand Inquisitor used the archives to study a Jedis fighting form and used that knowledge to defeat them in battle.
General Hux and Snoke both access to the archives is the main point.
2. The Knights of Ren where formed either shorty before or after the fall of the Jedi Academy mentioned in The Force Awakens. They seem to be followers of Darth Vaders ideology of peace when they have complete power. As long as the Jedi aren't around. Much like the Inquisitors of before. Could Snoke be trying to carry out Vaders plan of killing off the Jedi? Though the Grand Inquisitor failed years ago, his service to Vaders ideology (and Palpatines) may still be intact. Especially after years of seeing the New Republics flaws and how the Empire ran a well oiled regime.
3. The Inquisitors where apart of the Imperial Reign. There goal to wipe out the Jedi and bring peace to the galaxy. They have since then been wiped out or flees into exile and the New Republic has arisen after the fall of the Empire.
After the Force Awakens Snoke now has eliminated the New Republics capital and has the Knights of Ren under his wing. They are in a position to establish a New Order and have the opportunity to eliminate Luke Skywalker.
4. Andy Serkis. Who does the motion capture and voice of Snoke gave some light on the character
"Obviously he’s not a nice guy. And he’s a long-range schemer, not an impulsive hothead type. Supreme Leader Snoke is quite an enigmatic character, and strangely vulnerable at the same time as being quite powerful. Obviously he has a huge agenda. He has suffered a lot of damage. As I said, there is a strange vulnerability to him, which belies his true agenda, I suppose."
This goes along perfectly for The Grand Inquisitor.
Personally think this has a nice ring to it.
It wouldn't be to far of a stretch like resurrecting Plagueis would be.After all it was "The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise. (Palpatine could have used this sith legend as a ploy to seduce Anakin as stated above). JJ Abrams also seemed to steer away from mentioning the prequels at all. (Aside from Ren's statement of a clone army to Hux. Which was probably only used to silence the question of "Why aren't all the troopers the same height and look like Jango Fett". For those Star Wars newcomers who didn't know of the secret project on Ackanis Academy).
JJ Abrams and writer Kasdan have also been known to show a dislike toward midi-chlorian mumbo jumbo. Everyone knows the prequels sucked. Plagueis is heavily based off of prequel speculation.
I think it really puts a nice link in the chain for the new Star Wars canon. Star Wars Rebels was made for a reason. It may link both Rogue One and The New Trilogy. Which would be really nice to see for the devoted fans of the TV series.
But wait a second...lets get the best of both worlds now...
Plagueis controls a new line of Inquisitor(s). Snoke being one. Whom he resurrected after his fatal fall into the reactor in Rebels. Inquisitor Snoke has an apprentice,for Snoke this is Kylo Ren. Plagueis is playing his cards to establish a new order within the Galaxy.
Or -Plagueis returns to Snoke as a ghost. Which means Snoke is a new character possibly. And reveals his plan to Snoke from beyond the grave.
Or - A sith holocron is involved here. Memories and visions of the past sith, and the plans they had.
Or - Maybe Snoke is a new character!
All in all. We have to what 500+ days to finally (maybe) find out. But these are my thoughts on the subject so far.
I'd love to hear feedback.I'll be returning to the theater for my 8th, 9th, and 10th dose of the force. After all we need to start thinking about Rey, Finn , and Maz Kanata. Theories are waiting.
May the Force be with you