Ezra Bridger of the Star Wars Rebels crew probably doesn’t have as dark a fate as some fans think. See, one of the most popular, enduring theories about Supreme Leader Snoke’s identity is that Ezra is Snoke. But Rebels executive producer and Lucasfilm aficionado Dave Filoni just laid waste to that.
“I try and beat around the bush,” Filoni told Comicbook.com about drawing connections between the live-action films and his animated series, Rebels. “I like reading the fan theories, and when I read them, I think, ‘Well, there’s no possible reason that that can’t be true, it’s just not true.’”
“You love the fans. I’m one of them,” Filoni confessed. “If I wasn’t here working on Star Wars, I’ll bet you I would have a bang-old Snoke theory of my own. I don’t fault them for coming. I think we want them to come up with stuff because it means they’re engaged. It shows how much they love it.”
One of the most popular Snoke-based fan theories connects Rebels with the film series — especially The Last Jedi — and posits Ezra Bridger, a padawan learner with a penchant for going a little, er, dark every once in a while, is Snoke.
Ezra, voiced by Taylor Gray in Rebels, is a point of contention amongst a lot of Star Wars fans; he’s thought to be more powerful than most people realize, he was propositioned by Maul to join him on the Dark side of the Force, and his methods are often a bit unexpected from a hero. In other words, he’s a complicated character, a trait that doesn’t always play out for the best in the Star Wars universe.
Because of Ezra’s various complications, it’s been thought that, after all is said and done on Rebels, Ezra will inevitably turn to the Dark side. Fans have thought he might turn out to be Benicio del Toro’s mysterious “DJ,” one of Kylo Ren’s fellow Knights of Ren — or, yes, even Snoke.
But Filoni says y’all are wrong about Ezra being Snoke. Sorry. Try again, fam.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres in theaters on December 15.
If you liked this article, check out this video about another Snoke fan theory that connects him to Anakin Skywalker.