Star Wars: Rian Johnson Says He Didn't Really Care About Snoke's Identity

By Savannah Sanders Updated:
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Even though the Skywalker Saga and Disney's Sequel Trilogy concluded in 2019 with The Rise of Skywalker, the debate over Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi and questions about its direction has continued amongst Star Wars fans.

USA Today bestselling author Sariah Wilson, a fellow Star Wars fan, is finally providing fans some answers thanks to her interview with Rian Johnson himself.

For instance, Wilson has already shared that Johnson was unaware that Ben Solo would die in The Rise of Skywalker and believes in the Reylo romance. But the author now has more answers to share, particularly in regard to the director's intentions for Supreme Leader Snoke. 


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In a series of tweets, Wilson shared Rian Johnson's answers to her question of who "he thought Snoke was."

Wilson's hope that Snoke was Darth Plagueis was a common theory amongst fans in the early years of Disney's Sequel Trilogy.

But Johnson's approach that "Snoke's identity was fundamentally uninteresting to him" shows how differently both the audience and a director can view a project.

So while some fans were fixated on Snoke's identity, the only identity Johnson attached to Snoke was that of a catalyst. 

Johnson's intent to not repeat "exactly the original trilogy" in his handling Snoke and Kylo Ren is a possible response to the critique J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens received upon its 2015 release. 

Wilson's tweets come to a head here in revealing that Johnson's goal with Snoke and Kylo was to mix things up and take the plot in a different direction. As she explains, Johnson was focused on "what happens if Kylo ascends."

Johnson was clearly looking at Kylo Ren's story long-term. It's worth noting considering the Sequel Trilogy's disconnected storylines and that Johnson was never signed on to direct the third installment



Much like the reception for The Last Jedi itself, the director's conversation with Sariah Wilson is likely to be received in different ways. 

For critics of The Last Jedi, Johnson's lack of interest in Snoke could be seen as a lack of interest in Star Wars lore and pursuing the story he wanted as opposed to the one that best served the Skywalker Saga. 

However, Johnson's decision to use Snoke to serve Kylo Ren's story and not detracting from a leading character's overall story could redeem the director's decision for some and validate it for others. 

Regardless of how audiences viewed Johnson's work on The Last Jedi, it's only a positive hearing from the director himself and coming to understand his position from his perspective. 

- About The Author: Savannah Sanders
Savannah Sanders joined The Direct as a writer in 2020. In addition to writing for The Direct's Star Wars, Marvel, and DC teams, Savannah specializes in the relationship between Disney's blockbuster franchises and the Disney Parks.