Even though the Sith Eternal and the First Order were defeated in the Rise of Skywalker, I suspect we have not seen the last of either of them. The Sith themselves may be gone, but they have left behind a dark legacy. When the Galactic Empire collapsed, there were Imperial remnants that remained active throughout the galaxy. It is possible that the same thing will happen with the First Order. Even though the Final Order’s fleet of Star Destroyers were demolished on Exegol and the First Order was suffering losses everywhere else, there are bound to be fleets and bases that will survive.
In addition, even though the Sith Eternal was destroyed along with Darth Sidious, there is no guarantee that all the cultists died. Even though Exegol was their headquarters, it is possible that they may have bases on other Sith worlds such as Moriband. Also, if there are some cultists who are Force-sensitive, they may learn to use the dark side on a similar level to the Knights of Ren. They won’t be Sith, but they would still be a potential threat to future Jedi. If even one cultist survives, the Sith Eternal will inevitably start anew.
If there are remnants of both the First Order and the Sith Eternal, it is possible they may combine their strength. They won’t be as powerful as they were when their alliance was first formed, but they would still serve as a threat to the galaxy at large. I think it would be interesting if this is what happens in the aftermath of Rise of Skywalker.
I finally found out how Palpatine survived his first death in Return of the Jedi. It turns out he didn’t survive. His original body was disintegrated when he fell down the reactor shaft. The method he used to cheat death gives me a powerful sense of nostalgia because it is a reference to how Palpatine returned in Legends in the Dark Empire storyline. Like the Dark Empire, Palpatine transferred his essence into a clone body. Also, like the Dark Empire, Palpatine’s power in the dark side of the Force was so great that his new clone body could not withstand it. As a result, his clone body was decomposing under the weight of his dark side power. Unlike the Dark Empire, Palpatine clearly did not go through one clone body after another. Instead, Palpatine hooked himself up to a medical apparatus that constantly pumps him with fluids that slow down the decomposition of his body. Also, the apparatus aides in his movements like a puppet on strings. One could argue that using a clone body to return may seem outrageous, but it is far from improbable. The reason for this is because Palpatine had dealings with the cloners of Kamino since before the Clone Wars. When the Clone Wars ended, the production of clone troopers was terminated. Apparently, Palpatine turned Kamino’s resources to creating a clone body for him in case he died prematurely. The Kaminoans have expressed interest in experimenting with the DNA of a powerful Force user. This would be a mutually beneficial arrangement for Palpatine and the Kaminoans: he gives them DNA to tinker with and they give him a way to cheat death. Overall, I am glad that Disney did this reimagined homage to the Dark Empire storyline and I got to see it on the big screen.
In Rise of Skywalker, we saw a massive plot to resurrect the Sith try to unfold. However, their fleet, military, and cultists were all destroyed before their scheme could truly take shape. In addition, the First Order suffered a colossal defeat in the end. Still, even though the Sith are permanently gone and the First Order is crippled, there will always be ways for the dark side of the Force to rear its ugly head again. As Maz Kanata pointed out, the dark side has ways of evolving and changing. As the Galactic Empire proved, there will always be remnants of the First Order that will never surrender. Since the First Order originated in the Unknown Regions, it is very likely they have strongholds and outposts that are beyond the reach of the known galaxy. Those strongholds will likely rebuild their strength in the Unknown Regions like they did the first time and one day renew their efforts to conquer the galaxy. Since Palpatine established no Contingency plan this time, whatever remnants of the First Order that remain will not implode and will last a lot longer than the Imperial remnants. Palpatine’s Sith Eternal cult may have been destroyed in the Battle of Exegol, but the chances of them being the only dark side cult in the whole galaxy are extremely slim. When the Galactic Empire collapsed, a dark side cult called the Acolytes of the Beyond emerged. With this in mind, it is very likely that more dark side cults will rise in the aftermath of the First Order’s defeat. Even though the Sith are permanently extinct, their dark legacy will ensure a new breed of dark side practitioners will rise to replace them. The ancient Sith left artifacts saturated in the dark side across the galaxy. Several were either recovered or destroyed, but it is unlikely that they were all found, which opens the door for Sith-like Force-users to rise. Overall, Rey Skywalker’s new Jedi Order will have no shortage of enemies to fight as they recover their strength.
I just discovered something mind-blowing regarding The Rise of Skywalker! They released some footage of Kylo Ren confronting Darth Sidious, which is in the following link. In that footage, we learned that Sidious truly IS Supreme Leader Snoke! To be more specific, Snoke was Sidious’s puppet and mouthpiece. In addition, Sidious had been communicating with Kylo Ren through the remains of Darth Vader’s helmet. Throughout the footage, as he was talking to Kylo Ren, Sidious’s voice changed between his own and those of Snoke and Vader, saying, “I have been every voice you have ever heard inside your head.” This shows that it was Darth Sidious the entire time who manipulated Ben Solo into turning to the dark side. It appears that Sidious has been grooming Kylo Ren to be his new Sith apprentice from the shadows, using Snoke and Vader’s helmet as proxies. After Vader “killed” him, Sidious saw him as a failed apprentice so he turned his attention to Ben Solo, who had just as much potential in the Force as Vader. With Vader’s helmet, Sidious was able to tug on Kylo Ren’s sentiment towards his grandfather. Through Snoke, Sidious was able to do test trials with Kylo Ren, teaching him basic dark side knowledge before he was ready to fully commit to him as his Sith apprentice. Also, even if something were to happen to Snoke, Sidious himself would remain hidden until he was ready to reveal himself. Now, Kylo Ren has proven he has something his grandfather lacked: the ability to kill and overthrow the master and usurp his power, which is the prime principle behind the Rule of Two. With this in mind, Sidious wanted Kylo Ren to kill Snoke to prove that he is capable of completing the Rule of Two. Afterwards, Sidious would leave Kylo Ren to his own devices to see what he would do once he gained real power. Clearly, Sidious liked what Kylo Ren became and has called to him through the dark side to officially become his new Sith apprentice. Just thinking of the lengths Sidious went through to orchestrate the formation of the First Order and discreetly grooming Kylo Ren into his new apprentice makes my mind blow! Up until now, we have only seen the puppets, but we will soon see the puppeteer. With these new revelations, I look forward to see the movie in its entirety to see what plans Sidious has for his new apprentice.
At Galaxy’s Edge, there were signs of the First Order everywhere. There were stormtroopers patrolling the streets. I even did a mind trick on one of them. There was an entire section of the park that was dedicated to the First Order, which featured gift shops and Kylo Ren’s command shuttle.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I believe the ring Supreme Leader Snoke wore before he was killed has something to do with Palpatine’s apparent resurrection. This would be similar to the mask of the ancient Sith Lord known as Momin, whose spirit possessed whoever wore his mask. Like some fans, I believe Palpatine and Snoke are one and the same. Maybe Palpatine transferred his essence into this ring and when Snoke put it on, Palpatine’s spirit possessed him. This would make sense because Palpatine and Snoke have similar personalities and mannerisms. While he was Emperor of the Galactic Empire, Palpatine sensed a strong dark side presence in the Unknown Regions, which was where the remnants of the Empire reorganized into the First Order. What if that presence was Snoke? What if the reason Palpatine was so interested in this mysterious presence was because he saw a potential host for his spirit to live in when he eventually dies? This ability to transfer one’s essence was seen in the Dark Empire comics, which allowed Palpatine to transfer his essence into clone bodies. Maybe the reason Palpatine’s voice sounds the same as it was in Revenge of Sith is because he returns in a clone body in Rise of Skywalker. Because Snoke would eventually die, it would make sense that Palpatine would take additional measures to make sure he cheated death again. I didn’t get a clear look, but I think Snoke’s ring survived Snoke’s assassination. If it did and it has the essence transfer power, it is possible that Snoke’s closest followers salvaged the ring and put it on a clone of Palpatine, resulting in his true return. Therefore, the only way to defeat Palpatine for good would be to destroy the ring.
I remember that Supreme Leader Snoke wore a peculiar ring that had certain markings engraved on it. I have seen those markings before in the statues in Palpatine’s office in Revenge of the Sith. Palpatine received those statues from his old master Darth Plagueis, a Sith Lord who allegedly cheated death. I think I may have found how Plagueis did it. It has to do with this ring. Apparently, this ring was created through the use of either Sith Sorcery or Sith Alchemy. I am betting that when the ring’s creator dies, their essence is transferred to the ring and they possess whoever wears the ring. Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, almost leaked that Snoke really was Darth Plagueis all along. Apparently, Plagueis did save himself from death using that ring. In the canon books, Palpatine sensed a powerful presence in the dark side in the Unknown Regions. What if it was his old master regaining his strength as Supreme Leader Snoke? Also, what if this this wasn’t the only ring? What if Palpatine made one of his own to guarantee his own survival? That could explain why he is coming back. Palpatine made it clear that he no intention of anyone succeeding him as Emperor when he died, not even Darth Vader, so it is safe to assume he had taken measures to guarantee his resurrection. With his old master permanently dead by Kylo Ren’s hand, now would be the perfect time for Palpatine to reveal himself to the galaxy. I look forward to seeing if my theory is correct when The Rise of Skywalker comes.