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Will Snoke return in Star Wars Episode IX? Andy Serkis weighs in

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Jan 31, 2018

The following contains spoilers for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

Unhappy that Supreme Leader Snoke was killed in The Last Jedi without being revealed as Darth Plagueis or some other ancient Sith Lord? Yeah, we feel your pain, but as we now know, Snoke isn't a Sith and based on Rian Johnson's handling of the character, he doesn't matter all that much in the grand scheme of the new trilogy...or does he? Well, he matters in the way that he helped turn Kylo Ren to the Dark Side and train him as an apprentice of the Dark Side. Beyond that, is he more significant or will he remain in two pieces for J.J. Abrams's Episode IX

While conversing with /Film, the man behind Snoke's voice and motion capture, Andy Serkis, offered his thoughts on whether or not the villain will return in the next Star Wars entry to close out the current trilogy. 

"Look, it’s Star Wars, so you never know how life, or whether life can be come back to or not. Whether you can be resuscitated or brought back," said the actor when asked about his initial reaction to Snoke's death. "I was shocked. Dramatically, it felt absolutely right for that moment in the film, so I didn’t question it. I just think it’s a very, very important scene, so I didn’t question it. But I do, I know it’s left fans feeling like, that they were really searching for something there. And what I’m saying is, who knows?"

While it's highly unlikely that Snoke could survive the destruction of the First Order ship after the execution of the "Holdo Maneuver" (especially because he had so recently been sliced in two by his own apprenctice), but his return isn't entirely implausible. If the Jedi can come back in ghost form, then why can't Snoke? Another route Abrams could take is have him appear in reccuring nightmares experienced by Kylo or Rey. There's a whole slew of ways to bring the character back without "bringing him back." Nevertheless, Serkis also added that he hasn't spoken to Abrams about Episode IX yet, so anything could happen.