The Force Awakens: 10 Mysteries We Hope Will Be Solved

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8. Who/what is Supreme Leader Snoke?

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, or in this case Snoke. Andy Serkis called him “damaged,” and seemed to mean that in a physical context; but I’m willing to bet the Supreme Leader of the First Order is damaged psychologically and/or spiritually, as well (you’d have to be to be able to hold someone like Kylo Ren on a leash).

“There has been an awakening… Have you felt it?”

There’s little we know about him, other than that magnanimous title and that he’s Force sensitive (he spoke to Kylo about “an awakening” in the Force in the very first teaser trailer for the movie). His appearance is completely unknown to most people, though we do know that his prodigious height (7 feet, to be exact) and unique face structure demanded he be created through motion-capture and CG rather than practical effects.

But perhaps a more pressing question than what Snoke looks like, is: Who is Snoke? Where did he come from? Is he a Knight of Ren, or a Sith, or something different? These are questions we may not get in this film, but we can only hope we’ll know more about him after seeing Episode VII than we do now.

Next: 9. Why is the Skywalker family so important?