One of the biggest mysteries from The Force Awakens movie and novelisation must be who is Supreme Leader Snoke, where did he come from, what has he been doing in the Star Wars Universe up until now and what exactly are his plans?
In fact, hardly a day goes by when there isn’t a new theory about Snoke’s identity posted online, ranging from the credible (Darth Plagueis) to the ridiculous (Mace Windu)!
A new theory has emerged recently that Supreme Leader Snoke could actually be a force parasite. A force parasite is someone or something that uses the force to effectively take over another body (known as a host). This would allow the parasite the potential to become effectively immortal and depending on who the hos was, incredibly powerful in the force.
This isn’t the first time that the idea of a force parasite has popped up in the Star Wars Universe. In the Expanded Universe (now Legends) comic “Dark Empire”, Palpatine survives his death on the second Death Star by transferring his consciousness into one of his many clones. He actually planned to do exactly this with Leia’s third unborn child.
We are very much aware of Disney looking back through Legends to bring back old characters and concepts into canon (Thrawn in Star Wars Rebels for example).
As speculative as it may sound, it’s still an intriguing theory in my opinion. We know from the Force Awakens novelisation that Leia is aware of a “dark presence” observing her unborn son, so it seems that Snoke had his eye on Ben Solo for a very long time.
We also know that Snoke’s injuries are extremely severe, so it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that he is indeed dying, only keeping himself alive with his ability to use the dark side of the force. If this is the case, it would make sense for Snoke to seek out a host that has powerful force abilities.
This may also explain why Rey heard a voice in her mind while fighting Kylo Ren on Starkiller Base imploring her to kill Ren. It’s also possible that Snoke became aware of Rey’s potential with the force and had no qualms switching his attentions from Kylo Ren to her.
Before we consign this theory into the bin where”Darth Jar-Jar” resides, let’s give it a little consideration. Could Kylo Ren discover Snoke’s real intentions and turn to the light side to help Luke battle Snoke? Could Snoke actually convert Rey and use her for his own means? Where will Luke & Leia fit in to all of this?
One thing is certain, the mystery of Supreme Leader Snoke will undoubtedly deepen before all is finally revealed in Star Wars Episode 9.
It only remains for me to ask what your views are on this force parasite idea? Could Snoke be using Kylo Ren for his powers exactly as Han Solo stated just before he killed him? Does Snoke need to have a host body to continue living? Would this transference make Supreme Leader Snoke the most powerful dark side wielder ever?
I really am looking forward to your comments and ideas and as always, MTFBWY!
Article by Paul Webb