During a recent interview with HuffPost, the editor of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker spoke openly about her work on the film, the filming and some crucial twists in the plot, but also about some more subtle revelations, such as the one concerning the origins of Snoke.
In the first two episodes of this now-concluded sequel trilogy, Snoke was the main villain and we can certainly say that the fans were left with a bad taste after his departure in The Last Jedi, since nothing was known of its origins and how he got hold of the powers of the Force, leaving the role of the main antagonist to only Kylo Ren (obviously before Palpatine entered the scene in the ninth episode of the saga).
In the initial sequence of the film, in fact, we see Ren reach Exegol and here make his meeting with what remains of the Emperor, who orders him to kill Rey and thus take his place at the head of the new Galactic Empire that will rule over the galaxy. Just before their meeting, however, we have a quick response about Snoke’s origins. Although these are never explained verbally (apart from a mention of the Emperor), we see some prototypes of the characters inside some liquid-filled capsules, a sign that the other character was only a creation of Palpatine himself.
The editor of the film Maryann Brandon spoke about this particular passage: ” I think it all came about from a visual experiment that we thought could be fun for the public, to create an image that would be able to tell the whole story. I think they succeeded. We haven’t changed the dialogues. You only see one sequence and you understand everything right away. I love this kind of thing. Where you simply have a moment when you see something in the background and do: ‘Ok, I understand’. “
In some previous statements, Brandon herself had essentially admitted some fan service moves from the production in the last film of the saga: ” There were too many things to work on. The whole project was affected by this perennial fight against the Kathy Kennedy [president of Lucasfilm] did nothing but repeat: “JJ should focus more on editing”, but I knew it was impossible, at least not with the deadlines we had. Of course, it’s definitely a fan service, but if not, the public would have complained about the plot and the distance from the true meaning of Star Wars. “