"Wounded," "terribly powerful," "twisted" — these are just some of the words Andy Serkis used to describe Supreme Leader Snoke when he sat down with Entertainment Weekly to talk about the villainous character and what new intel we might discover in director Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Spoiler warning: If you've been trying to stay as spoiler-free as possible, you'll run into a few here. But we all love Snoke theories, so why not get information straight from the source?
Just as the Dark Side of the Force transformed Senator Palpatine into the frightening Emperor, Snoke's anger and rage have twisted his 9-foot-tall and already damaged body. He's also incredibly strong with the Force, which makes for a terrifying combination.
“He has suffered, and he has suffered injury," Serkis explains. "The way that his malevolence comes out is in reaction to that. His hatred of the Resistance is fueled by what’s happened to him personally.”
Serkis offers this insight. “His body is kind of twisted up like a corkscrew, and so he has limited movement. His aggression and his anger are contained and restricted by that physicality.” He also used some interesting tricks to get into character (one of them involves tape), and he did research on injuries suffered by soldiers during World War I.
We also got some insight into Snoke's feelings about Kylo Ren these days, and why he's taken an interest in Rey — both of which may explain what's to come for them.
One of the things that drove Vader to save Luke in the original trilogy was the pressure the Emperor put on him to kill his own son. Could similar pressure from Snoke cause an unexpected reaction in either Kylo or Rey?
You can read about all this and more, including Snoke's preferred design choices and just what sort of resources the First Order has, over at Entertainment Weekly.