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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

By this point, you likely already have your mind made up about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and all that specific plot points that fans (including us) have spent countless hours arguing over.

However, perhaps the most debated aspect of the film revolves around Supreme Leader Snoke, who met an untimely end when Kylo Ren Darth Mauled him using Rey’s lightsaber. Many felt like this betrayed everything director J.J. Abrams set up the character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson obviously thinks otherwise.

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Here’s what Johnson had to say about his motivations behind that unexpected killing when speaking to Empire:

“I like Snoke as a character as Andy (Serkis) plays him. He’s delicious, evil and fun. But Kylo to me is where the interesting stuff is. And the notion of clearing the deck of the Vader/Emperor dynamic so that all bets are off in terms of how the villainy is going to play out, that to me seemed like a much more interesting thing. And it just seemed natural. If he had stopped in the middle of a scene and given a monologue, it would’ve stopped it dead in its tracks, and we would’ve cut it out in the editing room. This is not Snoke’s story.”

I will say, on a personal level, this was the most interesting part of the film to me. I really enjoyed the fact that they had the confidence to nix the Vader/Emperor dynamic, and it really changed the game in terms of how that third film will play out. Now with Snoke out of the way, we can truly take Episode IX into new territory.

What do you think of Johnson’s statements? Do you still think killing off Snoke was a bad call? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Empire

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.