The Mandalorian Season 2 is shaping up to give fans something great every single episode. Season 1 was, of course, great as well and did a lot for the foundation of the overall show. However, Season 2 is not only moving the story along with each Chapter but also ties it to other parts of Star Wars in ways that even the most die-hard fans might not have seen coming.
One of those is the massive connection to Snoke, and how Grogu ties in with the villain of the sequel trilogy. It was such a shock, but also entirely makes sense. Could it also connect Snoke to Palpatine’s master? [Spoiler alert: Spoilers ahead for The Mandalorian Season 2].
‘The Mandalorian’ dropped a major bombshell about the experiment the Empire was conducting with Grogu
Right before Mando went to Corvus to find Ahsoka Tano, the supposed Jedi that could help or train Baby Yoda, he had to make a stop on Nevarro to fix the Razor Crest. While there, he met back up with some old friends. Cara Dune and Greef Karga were fixing up the town since he had last been there, and nearly all traces of the Empire had vanished.
However, they wanted his help getting rid of one last base left on the planet. They thought it was just a forward operating base, however, it was an active military one that was still conducting an experiment.
And while many — even in the show — suspected that the child was a part of some sort of lab test, they came face-to-face with big vats with things in them. Beings that looked like Snoke from the sequel films. And considering he is a Strand Cast, odds are viewers are looking at exactly the beginning of Snoke’s creation.
It’s possible that Snoke is a clone of Darth Plagueis
Considering Snoke is a Strand Cast, made in a similar way that clones are, why does he look the way that he does? There were a lot of theories that he was a failed Palpatine clone, which is why he had a smashed head. Dr. Pershing had a Kaminoan symbol on his uniform in the first season, so we know he has experience or works for people with experience with clones. So was Snoke meant to look like Darth Sidious and it just went awry? Or was he meant to look like someone else that fans know of but haven’t seen?
One Reddit user pointed out that Snoke’s theme is playing in the background of the scene where the tanks of specimen are shown. This could indicate that these things are Snoke. But another user then commented that it sounds similar to the music playing in the opera scene in Revenge of the Sith. The same scene where the audience hears the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise for the very first time.
It’s all a part of Palpatine’s attempt to seduce Anakin to the Dark Side, but it also gives a little backstory to his old master, Darth Plagueis. While this might not mean anything, another Reddit user points out that this could mean something pretty significant.
“Depending [on] how deep they’re going with musical connections, they could be trying to hint that Snoke and Plagueis are the same,” user u/Spartan_100 wrote. “As in Palps had an idea to try to reproduce clones (or initially just one) of his former master.”
Viewers do know, now, that Baby Yoda is playing a big role in the ex-Empire’s experiment, but isn’t a clone
The user then lists off reasons why this would benefit Palpatine. For one, Plagueis wasn’t well-known by the Jedi, regarding what he looked like. And he liked to “play god.” He was powerful, of course, so those two things together would make for a great pawn under Palpatine’s control.
It would make a good plan, and since Plagueis’ likeness is only shown in Legends and isn’t canon yet, it’s fair game for The Mandalorian to make it so. That also means that Grogu’s midi-chlorians weren’t being used to clone something, but rather were being used to give Snoke his Force abilities. Abilities he’d go on to train Kylo Ren with.
Will fans ever learn if Snoke does really have the likeness of Darth Plagueis the Wise? We’ll only know in time. But for now, it’s a fun theory to think on.
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