4 out of 5

While people speculate on the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker, we can’t forget that another character, Supreme Leader Snoke, is also a big question mark heading into Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, some of that mystery has been solved, as Andy Serkis told Empire Online that the character will be a damaged and disfigured character who “comes across as vulnerable.”

“He is severely damaged,” Serkis explained. “Although he’s a powerful leader, he comes across as vulnerable. Very scarred and disfigured.”

That sounds a lot different from the conniving Emperor Palpatine, who was manipulative and reprehensibly evil; he was an irredeemable character. Serkis’ description makes Snoke almost feel like a character we can empathize with, though I’m sure once we actually see the evil he spreads in The Force Awakens, our opinions will change.

Serkis said J.J. Abrams used scale to give Snoke an immense presence, describing the experience as “scary.”

“We used sort of a ‘Kongolizer’ method of having sound come out of speakers to give a sense of scale and distance for the character,” Snoke said. “So it was very challenging and scary, in fact probably one of my most scary film experiences I’ve ever had.”

We recently got an early glimpse of what Snoke may look like, though chances are very high his final appearance will be saved until December 18.