'Last Jedi' Killed Snoke, but Andy Serkis Wishes He Could Be in 'Episode 9'

Could he be dodging rumors that he'll reprise the role in some way?

We’ll never know if the First Order would’ve fared better under Supreme Leader Snoke’s guidance in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX rather than Kylo Ren, but the actor behind the powerful Dark side Force-user wishes we could’ve found out.

In an interview published Thursday by Games Radar to promote his new Netflix film Mowgli, Andy Serkis spoke about his role as Supreme Leader Snoke and how shocked he was to learn about the character’s death in The Last Jedi.

“It was a bit of a shock, but I could see exactly why they were going that route,” Serkis said, referring to a scene in the middle of The Last Jedi when Kylo Ren uses the Force to ignite the blue Skywalker lightsaber and sliced Snoke in half. “I think it was a huge surprise in the middle of the film. But I really loved the scene where Rey plays with Snoke. That scene was a fantastic. I just wish he’d survived, but who knows?”

'The Last Jedi' Snoke death
Snoke surprised that his apprentice betrayed him in 'The Last Jedi'.

“Who knows?”

That’s Serkis’ favorite thing to say when people ask him about Snoke’s fate, and this new quote echoes what he’s said in previous interviews.

In January, he was much more optimistic to Slash Film, fueling plenty of fan theories after saying, “Look, it’s Star Wars, so you never know how life, or whether life can come back to or not. Whether you can be resuscitated or brought back … what I’m saying is who knows?”

Could Snoke make a return, even if it’s just as a Force Ghost? Serkis seemingly thinks it’s at least possible, but he’s also in no way implying that he reprises the role in Episode IX.

Not only did he get cut in half, but the ship he was on got severely damaged at the end of The Last Jedi. Snoke is totally dead, but if the character returns, it could happen in some kind of flashback or he might appear as a surprise Force ghost. Plenty of folks think Darth Vader might return as a ghost, so why not Snoke too?

We’ll know for sure in just over a year when Episode IX hits theaters.

Star Wars: Episode IX will be released December 20, 2019.


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