Ruler Palpatine May Have Spied on Snoke Before Episode Inverse

“Even though Supreme Leader Snoke seemingly came out of nowhere in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Emperor may have known about the mysterious baddie as far back as Return of the Jedi. The latest canon novel Aftermath: Empireu2019s End introduced the concept of Imperial u201cobservatoriesu201d and now, several fans think that from these observatories, the Emperor became aware of Snoke.
To be clear, Empireu2019s End does not specifically mention Snoke. But a character named Gallius Rax does claim that the Emperor was u201cconvinced that something waited for him out there u2014 some origin of the Force, some dark presence formed of malevolent substance.u201d As pointed out by Screenrant, one of these secret Imperial observatories was on the planet Jakku, the future home of Rey in The Force Awakens. And from these observatories, the Emperor was monitoring u2026 something.”

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