Star Wars Theory Reveals How Palpatine Controls Supreme Leader Snoke
A recent Star Wars theory has suggested how Emperor Palpatine could control Supreme Leader Snoke in the Disney sequel trilogy.
A recent Star Wars theory outlines how Emperor Palpatine controlled Supreme Leader Snoke throughout the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Supreme Leader Snoke was introduced in the former as the evil leader of the First Order and master of Adam Driver's Kylo Ren. In The Last Jedi, Snoke was killed by Kylo Ren, who took control of the First Order.
In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Snoke is revealed to be actually a clone of Emperor Palpatine, serving the evil Lord of the Sith. Ian McDiarmid's Palpatine and his control of Snoke were underdeveloped in The Rise of Skywalker How and Why Snoke was Created (played by Andy Serkis, who recently returned to Andorra) offers little development. However, some connections to The Rise of Skywalker offer some deeper insights, supporting Star Wars theories about how Palpatine has been pulling the strings.
Supreme Leader Snoke Believed He Was An Independent Being
The above insight into Palpatine and Snoke's situation comes from the Star Wars book: The Rise of Skywalker: A Visual Dictionary by Pablo Hidalgo. In the book, it's implied that Snoke believed he was a separate being and was unaware of Palpatine's control over him. This harkens back to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, where Snoke's role appears to be independent in his motivations.
Since neither film offers any hint that Palpatine controls Snoke, it makes sense to retroactively establish that Snoke believes he is himself. This brings Snoke's origin and backstory into the overall narrative of the sequel trilogy, addressing Palpatine's return as organically as possible. This insight has led to a new Star Wars theory about how exactly Palpatine exerted such powerful influence over Supreme Leader Snoke.
Supreme Leader Snoke's Obsidian Ring Has Ties To The Dark Side
This theory comes from Supreme Leader Snoke's ring. In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Snoke wears a black ring. The ring is made of obsidian, a Star Wars material associated with the dark side of the Force. In Star Wars, Vader's castle on Mustafar is made of obsidian. Furthermore, it is well known that obsidian Use the energy lightsaber in the classic story of Batuu, the background of Galaxy's Edge.
Some obsidian shards were mined from dark side temples, only to be found infused with dark side forces of the Force. This explains why Vader's fortress on Mustafar is made of this material, and why Snoke wears an obsidian ring; it also fits some Sith lightsabers, since apparently obsidian produces red lightsaber blades. However, Snoke was never seen using the ring's powers, raising the possibility that it was used by Palpatine.
Did Palpatine Control Supreme Leader Snoke Through His Obsidian Ring?
This ring may be one of Palpatine's treasures. The Emperor is known to possess numerous Sith relics, one of which was discovered by Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Battlefront II. The artifact was likely enchanted, allowing the Sith Lord to influence the minds of anyone who wore it - giving Palpatine easy, easy access to Snoke. Star Wars has long paid homage to classic fantasy tropes, which would make the ring resemble J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Presumably, Palpatine (or his surrogates) gave the ring to Snoke early on The life of the clones, due to the inherent dark side nature of obsidian, allowed Palpatine to control the operations of the First Order from behind the scenes. In doing so, Palpatine orchestrated the rise of the Final Order before being stopped by Rey Skywalker and Ben Solo at the climax of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.