– by Joseph Jammer Medina

We’ve been conditioned in the Star Wars universe to paint all big bads a Sith Lords. And why not? It makes sense. Out of the six main films, the main bad guys were Sith Lords (or involved with the Sith in some way), and they seem like the perfect counterpoint to the standard, good ol’ Jedi.

But as time goes on, the world of Star Wars is getting more and more diverse. Not everything is black-and-white, and not every bad thing is painted as the work of Siths. Such is the case with this current trilogy’s big bad, Supreme Leader Snoke.

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Speaking with Empire, actor Andy Serkis revealed that the disheveled Force user is not a Sith.

“He’s definitely not a Sith, but he’s certainly at the darker end of the Force. Without giving too much away, that begins to unfold a little in this one.”

But don’t think that to mean that he doesn’t compare to the likes of Emperor Palpatine, who served as the villain for the majority of the main saga.

“Snoke is bloody dark; way darker than Palpatine. He’s riddled with this osteoporosis so his body’s twisted, like a corkscrew. He’s incredibly damaged, so there’s a bizarre vulnerability about him. Beneath that vulnerability, though, is this intense hatred.”

The broken aspect of the character is what I find most interesting. While the Emperor was disfigured, you never got the impression that he was ever upset by it all. He used it all to his advantage to snag power. In Snoke’s case, it really does seem like his perspective on life is shaped by genuine hatred, which is one way in which he’s different from Palpatine.

What do you think of this revelation? Is Snoke shaping up to be an interesting villain? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Empire

  • Lenin1959

    Darker than Palpatine, full of hatred, but no Sith? I would say he IS a Sith but the new Star Wars head honchos decided that he must not be called a Sith because they want to make at least something SOUND different in the sequel trilogy compared to its predecessors.

    • Mark

      Sith is only an ideology, cult of sorts.

      Just like the Jedi.

      Being Dark doesnt mean one adheres to following the Sith ideology

      • Lenin1959

        He is strong with the dark side, and described as even darker than Palpatine/Sidious. Full of hatred… So, he actually is a Sith but may have distanced himself from the typical philosophical background of the Sith. Maybe he felt too limited by it (like the rule of two, the rule of the apprentice killing the master to become the new master – and getting killed by another apprentice later. This is a somehow frustrating idea and most likely not very popular with the Sith). I am looking forward very much to see who/what Snoke really is – Star Wars stands and falls not only with its heroes, but especially with its villain(s).

  • HaroldNMaudeDib

    Los assholes strike again with a headline SPOILER.

    • Awesome Welles

      Btw, a lot of the aicn regulars are over at The Man Who Saved Movies now.

  • Moby85

    I thought everything pointed to him being a poorly regenerated Darth Plagieus but if he’s not a sith lord than that would seemingly kill that theory.

    • DAH

      …”He’s definitley not a Sith..” Maybe Snoke is not a Sith at this point in time, Andy did not however elaborate if he had not in fact been a Sith before the events of the new trilogy…maybe he evolved in to something else, when he found a greater faith and purpose, and due to Andys other comments in other interviews about Snoke wanting to replace Kylo with Rey, well I thought it was only Sith who followed Darth Banes ‘The Rule Of Two’??,,why wouldnt he want as many force weilders to guard him, since hes supposedly so fragile physically?…, also theres been a lot of talk about this machine in his Throne Room..that gives him life and sustains him..like when Palpatine says about his old teacher “He could use the force to create life’….But maybe Snoke is not Darth Plaguieus (as Plaguies was supposedly a Munn Species)…..Maybe he is infact Plaguieus Master….who taught him..which is not a far strech as different species have different life spans…and with him being 9 foot tall he defintley aint human…Yet judging by his scars maybe Plaguies did to Snoke, what Palpatine did to him,…..Only Snoke had a Plan B….At the end of the main campaign for Star Wars Battlefront 2, Gleb was talking to Hask about this thing called ‘Project Resurrection’…Now we also know that Supreme Leader Snoke’s machine that we have already seen in the behind-the-scenes reel was actually a very complex set piece to develop, to insert some CGI elements, We also saw in some of the toys that leaked out not too long ago and are now officially released, that this thing houses some form of energy, which I believe is serving as a life support system to Snoke himself…..

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.