As much as I like my own idea (in theory) for this movie, one of the main things Hal wants out of this edit is to not just make it better itself, but to make the trilogy feel more cohesive as a whole. The connection between Palpatine and Snoke is very iffy at best, but it is at least a connection. Plus, if the “voices” line were cut to avoid potential confusion of Snoke’s free will, it would also take away the only “payoff” we ever get to Kylo speaking to Vader’s helmet in TFA, which, again, is iffy but at least a connection of some kind. The more conservative solution he’s proposed, cutting only Finn and Palpatine’s lines to more convincingly sell the idea that Palpatine changed his mind in the climax of TROS, is a way to preserve those connections while still also making TROS at least a bit more coherent in of itself.
On that note, if we’re trimming Palps’ dialog about “never” wanting Rey dead, I’d like to bring up my example of such a cut from last night (which I promptly derailed from for the other idea)