Before we go forward, you should know that there will be spoilers. So, if you haven’t seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi yet, scram. Don’t bother scrolling down. Your eyes shouldn’t even glance at any text below this sentence.
Okay, now that we’re all on the same page, let’s talk about how The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson chose to handle the role of Supreme Leader Snoke in the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise.
During a Q&A session at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Johnson discussed why he chose to kill him off, instead of delving into his backstory. “In this particular story, it’s much more like the original trilogy, where with Snoke if you think about the actual scenes, if suddenly I had paused one of the scenes to give a 30-second monologue about who he was, it would have kind of stopped the scene in its tracks, I realized,” he said, according to ComicBookMovie.com. “Even though it could have been interesting, something that fans were interested in, as storytellers, we have to kind of serve what the scenes need to be.”
Snoke’s backstory may not have had a place in The Last Jedi, but Johnson is optimistic that it can be revisited sometime down the road. “It was a tough thing, even though I knew some fans were interested in it I also knew it wasn’t something that dramatically had a place in this movie,” he said. “Hopefully it can be addressed elsewhere or even J.J. may address it in the next movie. But it’s not something that’s particularly interesting to Rey, so we kind of had to follow through.”