As Star Wars's new Big Bad, Supreme Leader Snoke, is imposing, creepily manipulative, and sufficiently terrifying. He's already inspired countless fan theories about his history and motivations, as fans scrabble to work out exactly what he's planning. This is exactly the reaction a deliciously evil villain such as Snoke should inspire, and we're all eagerly awaiting the answers to our questions in Star Wars: Episode VII.
But if you just can't wait until the December after next (yep, a whole year and a half) to see more of Snoke, the Star Wars 7 Blu-ray release has given us a closer look at the skeletal villain. And honestly, he looks even more creepy than in the movie itself.
A Thousand Parsec Stare
In this concept art, the designers were playing around with another way of using the hologram communication. Snoke is still enormous, but instead of towering over Kylo Ren he stares intently, in a disquietingly personal close-up.
The Dark Side Dressed In White
Just as Luke Skywalker rocked the Sith-style black outfit in Return of the Jedi, an early version of Snoke had him decked out in white robes.
Snoke's hologram chamber in the Starkiller base also seems to be mirroring the Republic Senate chambers from the Star Wars prequels. (It's probably best that they changed this design.)
The white robes make Snoke look even more ethereal than in the final version, as he almost seems to hover over Kylo Ren like a specter. Spooky.
Rendering The Villain
As motion capture CGI, Snoke literally had to be built by the Star Wars Episode 7 animators, and his partially-rendered figure is almost as frightening as the finished version.
The words, bony, grotesque, and serpentine definitely come to mind, and it's interesting that we can see how warped Snoke is, through age or injury.
But it wasn't all digital; Lucasfilm has a long tradition of practical effects, building their creatures through models, puppets, and prosthetics. Here's one of the models they used to create Snoke.
You can really see how the bones jut out of Snoke's skin, along with the sinews and his mysterious scars. Seeing his torso up close, we have to wonder if he is a humanoid ravaged by poor health and possible starvation, or if he's an alien who naturally looks like this. Honestly, this has just made me even more desperate to discover Snoke's origins.
Ancient War Wounds
This image definitely suggests that Snoke has suffered serious injuries before, which could explain his disturbing appearance.
That's a really nasty head injury Snoke seems to be sporting, as well as half his face collapsing in on itself. Before the film came out, Andy Serkis dropped hints to Entertainment Weekly about why Snoke's past is crucial to his grand plan.
"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."
Clearly, Snoke has some long-term vendetta against our good guys (the Jedi, perhaps?) because of whatever caused him to become so damaged. Here's hoping Star Wars Episode 8 sheds some light on this mystery!