– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Star Wars: The Last Jedi had fans split. While there were a good many who enjoyed the film, there is a much louder bunch out there who felt that it betrayed many aspects of the series. Luke Skywalker was no longer the honorable Jedi he once was, Rey’s parents who many wanted them to be, and of course, there was kind of a bait-and-switch in terms of the main villain.

For the past couple years leading up to The Last Jedi, fans constantly speculated over who Snoke was. Was he Palpatine? Was he a Sith? What is his backstory? Why does he want to kill Luke Skywalker? What year was he born? What was his favorite color? Sadly, we will be getting none of those answers. However, speaking with Games Radar, Mark Hamill explained that he was surprised so many fans were upset about that.

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“I was surprised everyone was so upset that they got rid of Snoke. From Rian’s point of view, it was a big favorite for [Episode] 9 because he’s not important. It clears the deck to have the conflict between Kylo and Rey without him getting in the way and having to explain if he’s a clone or if he’s related to Palpatine… all that stuff”.

And this is coming from someone who is very much a fan himself. As such, he tends to have a lot of the same gripes and reservations as many of us. Famously, he stated that he initially fundamentally disagreed with Luke’s character in the film. The fact that he doesn’t mind about Snoke’s death is interesting.

As I’ve stated countless times in the past, I love that they got rid of Snoke. Rather than settle with some shadowy, cartoony baddie, they decided to focus on Kylo Ren — a character we got to see make the transition from uncertain baddie in training to a full-fledged evil dude.

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SOURCE: Games Radar

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.