So there's a lot to say about [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) and even more questions raised over the course of the film that we're still wildly speculating the answers to.
Some of the biggest and most hotly contested of these questions revolve around the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis). Who is this giant, tortoise looking man? Oh wait, he's not a giant he's just a hologram. What does he want with Rey (Daisy Ridley)? Why are we so creeped out by the fact that he took Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) as a child? (Okay, we actually do know the answer to that one).
Clearly Snoke either was or is very powerful as he's described as being very skilled with the dark side of the Force, perhaps as a Sith, a First Order Knight or otherwise. But where does he come from? What's his story? There's clearly a lot of questions needing answered about the mysterious Snoke.
Lets Talk Star Maps
But his motivations regarding the movements of Kylo Ren and the First Order during the film are a little murky too. After Kylo discovers that Lor San Tekka (Max Von Sydow) has left the map in the possession of Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) who in turn gave it to BB-8 for safekeeping, Snoke orders him to recover the little orange droid, but to destroy it if necessary.
The thing is, the map leads to both Luke and the Jedi Temple - both things that one would assume the First Order want to destroy or capture.
Luke for obvious reasons, until Rey came along he was the last Jedi left in the Galaxy and so the only one who could've stood against Snoke and the First Order. The Temple because it must contain something valuable to the Jedi, given that Luke buggered off into seclusion to protect it and whatever lies within instead of sticking around to clean up his mess (in the form of Ben Solo / Kylo Ren).
So What's The Deal With Snoke & Luke?
Now Kylo wants to find Luke and the Temple, as he tells General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) that he needs BB-8 to be captured in working order to get the data contained within - the Star Map. Kylo wants to find and destroy Luke because he's his former master (that old chestnut) and the only one left with the power to defeat him, but Snoke doesn't seem all that fussed about wiping out the last Jedi.
Does he think that Luke isn't that much of a threat? Sure, he's old now but that doesn't mean he's any less formidable. Yoda, one of the most skilled Jedi ever, is over 900 years old (and also appears like a small wrinkled bogey) so we know that age is no indication of badassery when it comes to the Jedi.
ScreenRant have posited a pretty decent sounding answer to this question, it may be that "Snoke knows that Kylo Ren is not strong enough to face his old Jedi master". Which is a fair point. We see throughout the film that - though Kylo is certainly formidable and feared for his temper if not just his skill - his training is still incomplete, which is why Rey was able to hold her own against him in the climactic battle.
So maybe Snoke just wasn't confident in his apprentices abilities? Maybe he's a wimp, as TechTimes posit that Snoke is "Very, Very Much Afraid Of Luke Skywalker". Or maybe there's something else, something tied to his backstory... Maybe... Maybe Snoke IS Luke Skywalker!!!
Of course, I joke. But any reason to give up the chance to find and kill Luke and destroy the Jedi Temple must be a pretty damn good one and odds are it has something to do with Snoke's backstory and motivations, both of which are yet to be revealed.
In true Star Wars form we probably wont find out anything for sure until [Star Wars: Episode IX](tag:711880) rolls around all the way in 2019, so for now we'll just have to speculate.