Daisy Ridley has revealed Rey's encounter with Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a great test for the young scavenger. The full theatrical preview for the film offered much for fans to dissect and analyze, but one of the more intriguing images came towards the end, where it looked like Rey was being subjected to some kind of torture at the hands of Snoke. Andy Serkis has previously teased the Supreme Leader has his sights set on Rey, so their showdown is going to be one of the many Episode VIII moments fans are looking forward to.
The nature of their meeting is still a mystery, and will likely remain so until the movie comes out in December. From what little footage of the sequence that's been revealed so far, it's evident Rey is extremely uncomfortable, being bent backwards while she screams in pain. At first glance, it looks like Snoke is trying to subdue an opponent in battle, but if Ridley's latest comments are anything to go by, it could be something else entirely.
In an interview with USA Today, the actress briefly opened up about the interaction between the two characters, saying that it's the worst kind of test Rey could face as she tries to make sense of her place in the universe:
"It was painful. My throat hurt after that one... Snoke is one of those tests for Rey. And when I say testing, it's the worst use of testing ever."
Snoke became highly interested in Rey when he learned she was able to withstand Kylo Ren's interrogation methods, possibly seeing her as a more powerful apprentice than the fallen Ben Solo. If Ridley is referring to Rey's scene with Snoke as "one of those tests," it stands reason to believe Snoke is, rather extremely, seeing just how powerful Rey is by putting her through the wringer to determine if she is the student he indeed wants. If Rey is able to hold her own against the might of the Supreme Leader, then she would certainly make a great ally for the First Order. The trailer indicates things don't go so well for Rey, but perhaps this is just before she unlocks her full potential and harnesses the Force in ways she didn't think was possible.
What's fascinating about all this is Rey is being tested by Snoke, when she's said to spend most of her time with Luke Skywalker. Though Lucasfilm could be throwing some misleads our way, the trailer suggested the elder Jedi refuses to train Rey in the ways of the Force (out of fear for repeating his mistakes), which leads Rey to seek out guidance from someone else. An alliance with Kylo Ren could be in order, but perhaps the Supreme Leader's curiosity in Rey is enough to draw her to the dark side. Fortunately, all will be revealed soon.
Source: USA Today
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