They Snoke reveal in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in the openings few minutes of the movie is explained by the editor of the movie.
'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' was everyone’s punching bag for the year of 2019, whether it was people who liked 'The Last Jedi,' feeling TROS was an apology tour, or the ones who hated The Last Jedi saying the movie was too safe. Also, there are people who hate 'Star Wars' just because it makes them appear cool nowadays.
The thing is, we are die-hard Star Wars fan, and the whole 'Snoke' reveals in the first few minutes of the movie took us by surprise, and it was a little on the nose. The scene makes a little sense now, but two films brushing aside what could’ve been an immense reveal for the character was a missed opportunity for the series.
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It was not an easy thing for the director of The Rise of Skywalker to tie up all the plot points of the series from 40 years ago to the most recent series in the franchise. J.J. Abrams was handed an unenviable task of bringing it all in together, and though he knew there was no way he was going to satisfy all, the final movie of the Skywalker saga was still a nostalgia-filled ride which was appreciated by most fans.
But there were some choices made in the story of the movie and the way the director decided to tie of some plot threads in the 142-minute runtime of the flick; it was both fun and a little jarring. The scene we are talking about is from the opening moment of the movie, where the revelation about the origin of Snoke is made.
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Spoilers Ahead! The opening shot is of 'Kylo Ren' killing some people to get the Sith GPS thingy and getting to the uncharted territory where the Emperor was building a massive fleet for the next Sith Lord. Kylo, sensing the power of the 'Emperor,' goes to the place to kill him but instead working for him.
But before Kylo and the Emperor are face to face, there are some shots of multiple dead beings inside liquid-filled containers, and most of the faces looked like they were of Snoke. This scene was intentionally placed there to get to the revelation of Snoke as the puppet of the Emperor, and the multiple bodies meant he was also the creation of the Emperor.
In the first few minutes of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker it is made clear the Emperor is behind everything. Source: Movie Maker
The way the scene was set up was meant to establish the Emperor as the puppeteer of the whole thing and say what you will about the flimsy nature of the resurrection of the Emperor, the scene with Kylo Ren to open the film was amazing and the editor of the movie, Maryann Brandon also thought the same thing.
Maryann said, “I just think that came up as a visual effect that we thought would be really fun for an audience, to create a visual that would tell that whole story. I believe that’s successful. We didn’t have to change a lot of dialogue. You just see one shot [...], and you kind of get it. I love stuff like that. We can just have a moment where you just see something in the background, and you go, ‘OK, I totally get that.’”
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Rian Johnson killed off Snoke in a comedic way, and the way J.J. played off on the death of Snoke as a disposable character as signified by the multiple different bodies of the character was truly ingenious. Whether Snoke was meant to be the main villain of the saga or not, the way J.J. did not course correct in the way the character was killed off in the second movie was a nice move and also lent to the invincibility of the Emperor.