Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in only two more weeks, and we’ve already got an advent calendar we snapped in half to count down to the occasion (screw you, rest of December). We’ve already seen indications in the second trailer that Supreme Leader Snoke will continue to manipulate force sensitive young people to his own ends (what is he, a Senatorial candidate?). A recent interview with Domnhall Gleeson (General Hux) reveals that Snoke’s manipulation of Hux and Kylo Ren — pitting them against each other, scrambling for his favor — may come to a head in The Last Jedi.
Whereas some fans like to daydream that the angry tension between the two First Order leaders is foreplay (don’t google “kylux”), the actor who plays third-in-command General Armitage Hux has a different explanation for the tension: a fight for Snoke’s throne. Gleeson told Empire (via Screen Rant):
“Because of what happened in the first film, [General Hux has] been pushed to a place where his position is in real jeopardy, and people make really bad decisions when they get desperate. Hux and Kylo Ren are vying for power and for Snoke’s attention. They’re both contenders for the throne and Hux is hoping Ren explodes, so that he can take up the mantle. He knows it will be a battle otherwise, one he may very well lose.”
Gah, just kiss already.
Gleeson has hinted in the past that the script went in a different direction than what he expected, telling Collider last September, “When I read [The Last Jedi script] I needed to talk to [director Rian Johnson], and I think that’s always a good sign. I was like, ‘Wow there’s some stuff there which is kind of– not scary but different to what I expected,’ and that’s a really, really nice thing.”
Hmm, what’s so unexpected about it? Maybe Hux will win over Snoke with his “Star Wars face.”