The downfall of Supreme Leader Snoke is one of the biggest shocks and most contentious issues in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
However, motion capture actor Andy Serkis has teased it may not be the end of his character after all. In an interview with SlashFilm at the Black Panther press junket, a film in which he plays another formidable villain, Serkis revealed that fans might not have seen the last of Snoke. He hinted that the Supreme Leader may reappear as soon as Star Wars: Episode 9.
Serkis Talks Snoke
"It's Star Wars, so you never know ... Whether you can be resuscitated or brought back. I know it's left fans feeling like, that they were really searching for something there. And what I'm saying is, who knows?" Serkis told the publication.
When pressed about whether he'd discussed the possibility of a Snoke return with director J.J. Abrams, who will be completing the trilogy he started with The Force Awakens, Serkis was reticent.
"We saw him get sliced in half, so it seemed pretty clear he was a goner. But ...what if he's so powerful in the ways of the Force that he was projecting not just an astral projection, but a physical version of himself into that throne room?" he said.
Star Wars Plot Twist
Fans were shocked at how seemingly easily Snoke was dispensed with in The Last Jedi given his big buildup in The Force Awakens. However, Kylo Ren's ascension to being the big bad of the trilogy wouldn't work without it. The scene in question was one of the standouts of the movie regardless of how fans felt about it as a whole.
Still, Serkis' suggestion that Snoke might just be that powerful could make sense, too. After all, Darth Maul survived something similar, only to return to spinoff Star Wars Rebels. It would certainly provide more opportunities for Disney and Lucasfilm to bring the character back in any tie-in fare they might be working on if Snoke does return.
This might all be a moot point, of course, considering Serkis himself admitted he hasn't discussed anything of sorts with writer-director Abrams. It wouldn't be the craziest Star Wars plot twist, however, if Snoke will be back in Star Wars Episode 9.
The Last Jedi has made a whopping $1.3 billion worldwide to date, but the film sparked a massive online debate in relation to the inclusion of several prominent female characters and people of color. Abrams is set to close the trilogy on Dec. 20, 2019.