You may think you've read — and debunked — every theory involving the real identity of Supreme Leader Snoke, the mysterious new Star Wars villain pulling Kylo Ren's strings in The Force Awakens...
Chances are, you probably haven't read anything quite like this. Massive spoilers ahead, obviously.
Snoke is the son of Emperor Palpatine
Let's dive deeper into this theory, as discovered on Buzzfeed.
Darth Plagueis, as we know, is the ultimate Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful that he could use the Force to create life (that's how Anakin was made, if Shmi's story of an immaculate conception is to be believed).
In Revenge of the Sith, Emperor Palpatine explains to Anakin the Rule of Two — which states that a Dark Lord must always have an apprentice — and relays the story of how Plagueis came to be betrayed by his...
He taught his apprentice everything he knew. Then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. Ironic. He could save others from death, but not himself.
The apprentice in question was Darth Sidious, or as the people of the Republic knew him, Senator Palpatine. The theory goes that Palpatine had a son, the creature we know as Snoke, whom he raises with the expectation that one day they will rule the Galaxy together.
In a sad twist of fate, Snoke fails to master the Force, and Palpatine is forced to seek an apprentice elsewhere: Anakin Skywalker. He does, however, use his abilities to keep Snoke alive, reflected in the extremely old age of the Snoke we see in The Force Awakens.
The Emperor's death leaves Snoke alone and powerless, although he does possess the academic knowledge to train an apprentice in the ways of the Dark Side — which is where Kylo Ren fits into the equation.
Snoke's motivation is simply to rule the Galaxy as his father had always dreamed he might. Obviously, he's also out for revenge against Luke and the Jedi for the murder of Palpatine.
Clearly, this theory contradicts any notion of Snoke actually being Plagueis, but actually has fewer holes than that theory. Then again, the "Snoke" theme on the Force Awakens soundtrack is very similar to the "Plagueis" theme — but Snoke being Plagueis would directly contradict Palpatine's tale of having killed him in his sleep. Take a listen.
In short, both are somewhat believable, and that's before you consider the possibility that he's actually Vader (in my opinion the least likely).
So, what I want to know is...