Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - LucasFilm Executive Clears Up Those Snoke Rumors

Monday, 25 April 2016 - 5:07PM
Monday, 25 April 2016 - 5:07PM
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - LucasFilm Executive Clears Up Those Snoke Rumors
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In this new era of Star Wars storytelling, there are countless mysteries and fan theories circulating on the internet. From Rey's Parentage to the identity of Supreme Leader Snoke, the Star Wars rumor mill has never spun quicker or with more intensity. 

While many of these rumors, such as those Darth Jar Jar shenanigans, have been more fun than fact, there are some theories that somehow gather a lot of steam in various corners of the fanbase. One such fan theory emerged in the wake of the excellent first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first in what will likely be a slew of Star Wars spin-off movies. 

During the trailer, we see a mysterious cloaked figure kneeling before an equally mysterious white pillar. That pillar is theorized by many people to be a Bacta tank, a medical healing booth similar to the one used by Luke Skywalker after his run in with a Wampa on Hoth. It wasn't long before speculation on that particular scene reached fever pitch, and there have since been a number of detailed 'explanations' claiming to have figured out exactly what was going on. One explanation, seen below, comes from the YouTube channel The Stupendous Wave, which not only laid out in detail their theory on why they believed the scene involves Supreme Leader Snoke, but also debunked everybody else's theories.

The video echoes the theories of other fans in suggesting that the Bacta Tank is being used by a younger Snoke after he sustained the injuries that led to his disfigured appearance seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While the theory might seem logical from a narrative standpoint, it wouldn't make sense from Disney and LucasFilm's point of view. The mystery surrounding Supreme Leader Snoke is likely to be a major driving factor throughout the remainder of this latest Star Wars trilogy, so for the studio to give potentially key backstory away in an unrelated spin-off movie would be a bold, if not baffling move.

Fortunately for us fans, but unfortunately for those with the theories, the notion of Snoke appearing in Rogue One: A Star Wars story has now been rubbished by one of LucasFilm's leading figures. There are few people who know more about the current state of Star Wars canon than Pablo Hidalgo, Creative Executive on LucasFilm's Story Group, so when he speaks, we should all listen.

Hidalgo fields many questions about Star Wars canon on social media, and this weekend he singlehandedly put an end to the detailed Snoke theories.

End of discussion.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released in theaters on December 16th 2016
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