How Snoke Went to Darth Vader’s Castle on Mustafar
Remember the fuss about Snoke’s huge obsidian ring shortly before the release of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi? Thanks to The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary, most of you guys know by now that the stone was taken from beneath Darth Vader’s castle on Mustafar, but what’s Snoke’s connection?
Long before the events of The Last Jedi and after the events of Revenge of the Sith, Darth Sidious instructed his new apprentice, Darth Vader, to return to Mustafar as the planet was a powerful source of dark side energy and would be the prefect place for him to turn his lightaber crystal red. Sidious goes on to tell Vader; “when you arrive on Mustafar, find a place where the dark side calls you. Draw upon the energy there, combine it’s power with your own…then, use it”.
In previous Star Wars comics, Sidious has said that the planet is strong with the dark side of the Force. We also see Vader going into a cave covered with ancient hieroglyphics (similar to those seen on Snoke’s ring).
In and interview with the official Star Wars website, Design director and concept artist for Lucasfilm, Doug Chiang had this to say about Vader’s castle in an interview around the time of Rogue One’s release;
“One of the things we landed on early was this idea of a tuning fork — a twin tower kind of look. And it was really interesting, because then that started to give Gareth a lot of ideas like, Well, maybe the structure is built this way because it is like a tuning fork. It’s tuning the dark side in terms of the energy. And then we actually carried that even further to Jedha. The Jedha temple, the tower there, mirrors this but on the good side. So when you see the film, you can start to see, Okay, Jedha had its own tower, which was configured like a tuning tower. Vader’s tower, Vader’s castle, had the same thing but it was made in black, whereas Jedha was white. You kind of start to see the good and the bad. You may not really notice it on a first take, but hopefully it’s that foundation of design subtleties that then the audiences, on second viewing, will appreciate”.
The interviewer goes on to ask Doug about the cave;
“On the lower levels of Vader’s castle, there’s a more ancient part. That he actually built this castle on a foundation of an ancient structure.” If you look at the finished design, it has this very strong element of a structure that was there for a purpose, and that purpose was to draw energy from the lava lake. If you look at the design of the base, it feels very much like a dam, and how the lava flows through it, possibly getting energy. And so we thought, “Okay, well, that’s the foundation. Maybe even deeper, or underneath that, is an even more ancient part, which is a natural cave where Vader goes to meditate”.
So, after giving you guys a moment to absorb all that information, check out the video below where I put all the pieces together and explain the connection with Snoke.
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