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.
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.
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