We may only have gotten the merest of glimpses of the deformed and highly dangerous Supreme Leader Snoke- leader of the First Order across the galaxy, with The Force Awakens, but his debut was certainly strong and memorable enough to get fans debating and discussing his origins and the full extent of his role in turning Ben Solo into the spiteful Kylo Ren.
We know Snoke was originally a senator or had some kind of political influence linked to the New Republic, but just how far back timeline-wise his political term/position went before ths and led to the First Order is unknown. We know Leia was aware of Snoke and his role in converting Ben, so we assume Han and Luke did, too. Another Palpatine type, hiding in the shadows until the time was right to strike, surely...? Does Snoke actually have any link/prior relationship to/with Palpatine and the original Empire? And just what is the full extent of his connection and abilities linked to the Dark Side...?
Seen as a towering and commanding hologram in IV, with terrific vocal work from Andy Serkis, VIII will now give us the manipulating, cruel and brutal Snoke in all his physically decayed flesh glory, wearing gold and grey chain-mail like costumes, and surrounded by lethal armoured bodyguards, operating from a throne room presumably located within an immense Star Destroyer dreadnought. It will be from there that Snoke's final training of Kylo Ren will be confirmed, as will a likely confrontation against our heroes, no doubt Rey and/or Luke...