One of the greatest mysteries surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the leader of the First Order who had loomed large as a hologram. Andy Serkis had played Supreme Leader Snoke and left fans with many questions about this character.
Many have offered up theories, but some say that Ezra Bridger from Star Wars: Rebels is headed to a dark path that will end with the rise to Supreme Leader of the First Order.
Whether any of the theories out there are true or not, Lucasfilm has to deny them. That way none of the spoiler hounds can spoil anything for audiences. Lucasfilm’s stance on Snoke is summarized in the picture of story group member Pablo Hidalgo:
By the end of Season, the series showed fans the beginning of Ezra’s foray into the dark ways of the Force. He began to research a Sith holocron and secrets. The Season 3 trailer showed Ezra holding the holocron while saying he will not let his friends get hurt. Kanan says that the holocron is changing Ezra. We can assume that this means it is making him darker. We see Ezra do a spin-flip move that is reminiscent of Darth Sidiuous during the battle with Yoda in Episode III.
Ezra is headed toward the dark side, a move that is hard to come back from. It took Anakin 30 years to return to the light and had the best Jedi training and teacher. Ezra’s teacher did not finish his Jedi training due to Oder 66, so a pull to the dark side will be harder for him to resist.
We see in Star Wars: Bloodline, a Star Wars novel by Claudia Gray, that there are people who miss the order provided by the Empire. They liked the government, not the evil Sith lords that had corrupted it. Ezra fits into this philosophy. Ezra hates the Empire. The First Order believes that the New Republic is falling to the same trap as the Empire before it.
Ezra hates Palpatine’s Empire, but that does not mean he hates the structure that it had provided. Ezra may yearn for the first years of the Empire before they had realized they were in danger. The Star Wars: Rebels team have talked about how the majority of the galaxy may have loved the Empire to start with. It eliminated the bickering and indecisiveness of the Republic Senate. Those in the New Order long for the early days.
It will make sense for Ezra to see the flaws in the New Republic and want to fix what he had helped to create. Ezra being Snoke gives the villain strong motivation to stop the New Republic. Ezra had helped form one of the first Rebel cells. He had fought with Ahsoka Tano who had helped start and organize this Rebellion. The New Republic was the endgame of the Rebellion, but Ezra feels that the New Republic is ruining the galaxy.
Twice during the trailer, Ezra had mentioned destroying the Sith. How can Ezra turn to the dark side and destroy the Sith? Would he not be a Sith? Star Wars has been showing fans a lot about the Force. Most notable that not all Force users is a Jedi or Sith. Maz Kanata uses the Force but is no Jedi. Cherrut Imwe uses the Force to make up for blindness yet he too is no Jedi.
Sith are called Darth or Lord. Neither Kylo Ren nor his master, Snoke, use the titles. Both access the dark side but are not Sith. Can Snoke have worked to eradicate the Sith in the past? Ezra’s hatred of the Sith may be more proof of his role as Snoke.
This one takes a back story. In Bloodline we had learnt that the First Order is in hiding. We do not learn much about them as Leia has discovered them herself. What we do know is that they are working with and funding terrorists.
What does this have to do with Ezra? Rebels Seasons 1 and 2 had shown how the Rebels had come together. Ahsoka and her Rebel cell seek aid from many people. They become allies with Hondo Onaka, a thief. Cham Syndulla, a terrorist who attacks the Empire for vengeance joins them as well.
The Rebellion is built on shaky alliances with the scum of the galaxy. Ezra can take that knowledge and use it to construct the First Order. This will make the First Order a new Rebellion and flip everything that fans know about Star Wars. It can be the coolest revelations they may make.
It seems like Ezra will be turning to the dark side in a bid to help the Rebellion. Will he become Snoke? His convictions and beliefs match up with what we know of Snoke. This gives Rebels a real reason to exist.