We will rule out at the least a couple of fan theories heading into Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, as it has been confirmed that Emperor Palpatine is (or at the least was) useless following the occasions of Return of the Jedi. One of many greatest surprises throughout Star Wars Celebration, which is simply wrapping up down in Chicago, got here not solely with the discharge of the Episode IX trailer, however the reveal on the finish of the trailer within the type of Palpatine’s signature giggle. Whereas we nonetheless have an ideal many questions, actor Ian McDiarmid has confirmed his character died.
This may occasionally have appeared like a painfully apparent factor to say just some days in the past, however that trailer modified every part. That giggle modified every part. It is clear that Palpatine is coming again. The query of how, or in what capability, stays to be seen. Nevertheless, throughout The Phantom Menace 20th anniversary panel, Ian McDiarmid talked a few dialog he had with George Lucas about Palpatine’s destiny. Here is what he needed to say about it.
“‘Is he…?’ And earlier than I might even end the sentence. ‘Lifeless, sure.’ ‘Properly, could not he maybe…’ ‘No. He is useless.’ ‘Properly, would not it’s attention-grabbing if…?’ ‘Overlook it.'”
We already know that J.J. Abrams consulted with George Lucas earlier than digging in on Star Wars 9, so certainly he would have taken that under consideration. That opens up a complete host of questions. Does Palpatine get resurrected in some way? Is he going to grow to be some form of Darkish Facet Drive ghost that we have by no means seen within the franchise earlier than? At current, there are various extra questions than solutions.
Followers will certainly recall that Darth Vader threw Emperor Palpatine down a seemingly limitless shaft close to the top of Return of the Jedi, a fall that seemingly would have killed anybody, or something. Simply to be secure, Lando and Wedge efficiently destroyed the second Loss of life Star as nicely. However the Drive works in mysterious methods and that might be the trail to the evil character’s resurrection. Followers of the Star Wars Rebels animated collection might level to the episode A World Between Worlds, which, roughly, launched the idea of time journey into the franchise. Ian McDiarmid really reprised his position as Palpatine for that episode.
We all know from exhibits like Rebels, and from video video games like Battlefront II, that the Emperor had been obsessive about gathering previous Sith and Jedi relics. We can also level to the well-known tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Smart from Revenge of the Sith, through which, it is revealed by thenSenator Palpatine to Anakin that sure Drive customers could possibly cheat dying. The keys to Palpatine’s return lie in there someplace. Or possibly director J.J. Abrams has cooked up one thing completely unpredictable, even for essentially the most astute followers. We’ll see the way it performs out when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20. This information was beforehand reported by Polygon.