Long gone are the times when Emperor Palpatine ruled over a galaxy far, far way from the shadows.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduced us to a new age where another insidious villain lies shrouded in darkness, hatching evil plots and using his cohorts like pawns on a galactic chess board.
We’re talking about Supreme Leader Snoke, the mysterious bad guy whose true identity and nature have been the subject of intense message board speculation since the movie debuted almost two years back.
The basement conspiracy theorists are adamant we’ve met Snoke in Star Wars canon before, insisting he’s an existing character on the comeback trail, while the powers that be want you to believe he’s an original creation.
Both of these claims have countless supporters arguing their cases, but until Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in December this year, the amount of official information we have on the shadowy villain is almost as scant as Han Solo’s modesty.
While we wait for the second instalment in the sequel trilogy to hit, here’s an assessment of the most popular theories surrounding Snoke’s identity. Is the Force strong in any of these?