The List/Evidence for Plagueis:
Snoke is described as being steeped in Dark Side knowledge. Plagueis was known for having "such a knowledge of the Dark Side".
Snoke is described by his apprentice, Kylo Ren, as “wise”. Which villain in the Star Wars saga was labelled ‘wise”?
Snoke's theme is nigh on identical to that of the Opera Scene in ROTS where we learn about Darth Plagueis.
Snoke literally looks like he has cheated death. His injuries are extensive. The only person we know who has actually cheated death (saved others) is Plagueis. Did he really teach his apprentice everything he knew? Have Sith Lords ever been known to bend the truth? Tell a little lie here and there? Masters of deception, anyone?!
Within the Darth Plagueis novel that was de-canonised, Plagueis talks about having Superweapons that can destroy entire star systems, he talks about ruling from the shadows whilst Sidious is the public face, of how immortality is more important than the power Sidious is after and on the cover appears as a large hologram overlooking Sidious. There are also many more verses in the novel that could fit very nicely with what we know about Snoke. It should also be noted that Plagueis had his apprentice Sidious murder his family as his final trial - something Snoke orders Kylo Ren to do. It’s worth noting that Plagueis’ Sun Guards smack of the KoR. The look of them, the weapons they carry. Their design is heavily influenced by these guys.
Plagueis was originally a Muun. A tall (7ft), pale, skinny alien. That was de-canonised. Like the book that shares many ideas that resemble Snoke's story. And what does Snoke look like - Tall (7ft), pale, skinny and he's an alien.
Heres the weird bit: JJ even considered the possibility of Snoke being a woman. He didn’t want him to be an old and decrepit, like the Emperor. Um…but what did we end up with? I don’t see any boobies on that old man. JJ got overruled!
In the original script for ROTS, Lucas had it that Anakin WAS created by the Sith (Palpatine). He discarded it as it was unnecessary. However it shows what his final thoughts were on Anakin's origins. Then he decides to write the ST. He needs a villain. Would Lucas' villain not have been Plagueis? The perfect tie in with HIS beloved PT and a way of directly continuing the Darth Vader chosen one tale? Keep in mind Michael Arndt's recent comments that Lucas' treatments weren't in fact ditched but that much of it remains.
In the comic con conference, JJ tells us that LK was not being honest when he mishears Plagueis as Vegas as he says "LK is messing with you". This shows us that JJ passed the question over hoping LK would come up with a good cover story. But LK messed it up. Daisy Ridley is also shushed by Abrams as she begins to say "Is that...". Whatever happened there, it got awkward and is a point for Plagueis IMO. The question from comic con was specifically about whether Plagueis would be mentioned in Episode VII and about the staff - NOT if Darth Plagueis will be in the ST, like many people have misinterpreted.
Snoke is unseen before Sidious' rise and then emerges after his death. Someone so powerful in the Dark Side would surely have been known of in some way and wouldn't have been happy waiting for Sidious' to move aside - who knows how long Sidious would be in power for. We also need to take into account how long Sidious and the Sith planned to take over. If Snoke is separate to this then he has been idle for potentially 1000 yrs. Maybe more. We know Sidious killed Plagueis in his sleep. Or so he thought. Thus if he did in fact survive the attack, he would've been weakened (check), disfigured (check) and likely unable to go toe to toe with Sidious (check). By emerging after Sidious' death, it reveals that Snoke's life is connected in some way to Sidious' life and death.
Kylo suggests to Hux that Snoke considered a clone army - something that once had direct implications with the Sith and their plan to take over. A nod to Plagueis' former role.
Where did Snoke acquire his extensive Dark Side knowledge? If anyone can get this knowledge what is the point in the Jedi and Sith? Why did they have a monopoly on the Force? Why is so much made of knowledge being passed down within both orders if Snoke can just learn it himself? This means to me that Snoke was a Sith. But the only Sith who could've survived and reemerged is Plagueis.
During Rey’s vision sequence in TFA, we can clearly hear the voice of Palpatine saying “any Jedi!” This carefully selected piece of audio was lifted from a scene form ROTS where Palpatine is talking to Anakin about saving Padme from death. Once again, this is a nod to Plagueis and the power he possessed to save people from dying. Why use this line? Why reference the PT when apparently “Disney are distancing themselves from the PT” as many deluded fans claim?
It has been confirmed that there are NO Sith in TFA. Again, this resulted in fans claiming “Snoke can’t be Plagueis!” Nonsense. After cheating death, Plagueis would have abandoned the Sith order. Sidious and Vader were the only two Sith remaining. Once Vader killed Sidious, the Sith were destroyed and balance was restored. Plagueis’ existence does not interfere in the prophecy.
Star Wars Rebels
( & enter George Lucas. Plagueis’ creator.)
So, Uncle George decides to bring back Darth Maul in TCW, after we watched him get sliced in half in TPM. George stated that he died in TPM at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi. He looked pretty dead to me too. Anyway, we now see Mr Maul pop up in ‘Rebels’ as ‘Old Master’. Mr Maul has made it clear that he despises the Sith and has nothing to do with the order any more. Hmmm, what’s this? A former Sith Lord, who has cheated death, abandoned the order, has been in the shadows for years, plotting his revenge on all of his enemies. What on earth could this be eluding to? Good work Mr Filoni, I see what you did there! Oh and one more thing. Why is Maul on the back cover of the Plagueis novel. Coincidental, isnt it…
I’ll throw a few quotes in here….
Andy Serkis: “I have no idea who he is!”
Interesting comments Andrew. Isn’t Snoke just Snoke? If he was just an original character, why is there a mystery surrounding his identity? But “He’s a newly introduced character!” I hear you cry. Well Andrew, we’ve never actually been introduced to Darth Plagueis before. We’ve only ever heard of him. So, technically Snoke IS a new character. He just used to go by a different name when he was a Sith Lord. Done.
The game player. And doing a fine job. Has Pablo ever said “Snoke is not Plagueis?” No, he hasn’t. He’s playing a game, some of us refer to as “a power trip”. However, when Snoke is revealed as Plagueis, and the dust settles, Pablo’s reputation is intact. Clever boy. If Plagueis being Snoke is such a ridiculous theory, why not just come out and say it? “But Plagueis died! I hear you say. Palpatine killed him!” Riiiiiight……
The List/Evidence against Plagueis
Supreme Leader Snoke, despite being horrifically damaged, has cheated death and all the other similarities he shares with Plagueis, as stated above, might just be a random new bad guy they’ve decided to go with (tacked on , anyone?!) in the 3rd act of the 9 part saga. Yes, Disney and some of the best storytellers and producers on the planet decided that this would be the way to go.
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