It looks like after being a part of the franchise since the very beginning, we will see the last of everyone’s favorite protocol droid, C-3PO. In the trailers, we saw C-3PO hooking his mind up to something and that he was taking one last look at his friends. That implies that what he is about to do will either wipe his mind again or destroy him completely. I think I know what C-3PO is going to do. Due to the losses the Resistance sustained in The Last Jedi, they are in desperate need of weapons, warships, and soldiers. There is one one army the Resistance could summon that would give them a numerical advantage over the First Order: the Separatist Droid Army. In this image, you can clearly see a dormant B1-series battle droid behind C-3PO. At its height, the Separatist Droid Army numbered in the quintillions before they were collectively deactivated after the Clone Wars. It has been more than half a century since the Clone Wars and it is likely the Droid Army is still dormant and scattered across the galaxy. There have been cases where some battle droids did not deactivate or were reactivated through rogue parties, but the majority of the droid army is still dormant. You might ask how C-3PO could raise the entire droid army by himself. I think the answer is Attack of the Clones, which showed C-3PO switching heads and bodies with a B1-series battle droid. I think something else happened when this happened to C-3PO. I think he also formed some kind of connection with the droid army and now C-3PO might be accessing that connection in order to give the Resistance the army it needs to defeat the First Order once and for all. However, even though the droid army outnumbers the First Order, the First Order’s forces are more advanced and in better condition. The droid army has not fought a single battle in over fifty years, which means most of them must be rusted to a pulp. Still, what they lack in maintenance and advanced weaponry, the droid army makes up for in sheer numbers, which means they could overwhelm the First Order. On the downside, it will be sad to see such a favorite character die after all this time, but I know he will give his life for the good of the galaxy. C-3PO, the Force will be with you. Always.
We got a glimpse of the resurrected Palpatine in the new trailer of Rise of Skywalker. After seeing that, I went through a number of plot leaks and several of them corroborated Palpatine’s return. What I found was frightening! It looks like Palpatine DID die in Return of the Jedi, but the way he came back was grotesque! I don’t know how Palpatine got off the second Death Star before it exploded, but I know what he becomes and how. As we can see in this picture, Palpatine was hooked up to some kind of life support system chair that moves on its own like some kind of cybernetic wheelchair. However, that is just what keeps him alive for the moment. How he came back is a lot more bizarre. Apparently, Palpatine DID use his old Master, Darth Plagueis’s, method to cheat death. However, his resurrection was imperfect due to the extreme damage to his body, which is what made his life support system necessary. Essentially, Palpatine has become an undead cyborg abomination that is worse than Vader ever was. Additionally, Palpatine will be in far worse condition than he was with his deformities. On the other hand, experiencing death clearly made Palpatine more powerful in the dark side. According to the plot leaks, Palpatine’s power in the dark side will become so great that he could conjure vivid illusions that could reshape entire environments and his Force Lightning could envelope the atmosphere of an entire planet. That was where all the lighting we saw in the trailer was coming from. Also, it looks like Rey and Kylo Ren are part of Palpatine’s plan to fully restore himself. With Luke Skywalker and Supreme Leader Snoke dead, Rey and Kylo Ren are the last prominent practitioners of the light and dark sides of the Force. I think Palpatine needs their power in the light and dark to complete his resurrection. I believe in the endgame, Rey and Kylo Ren will team up to take down Palpatine.
I remember the Dark Empire graphic novel where Palpatine comes back in a clone body. This video is a reenactment of a duel between Luke Skywalker and Palpatine. If Kylo Ren and Palpatine are going to fight for leadership of the First Order, I think it will look something like this.
After the trailer for Rise of Skywalker, we received confirmation that Emperor Palpatine AKA Darth Sidious will return from the dead after Return of the Jedi. I did a lot of brainstorming on how this is possible and I think I may have reached a conclusion. There are a number of ways that the Dark Lord of the Sith can return. In the Dark Empire comics, Palpatine was able to cheat death by transferring his essence into a clone body. I think Disney has been drawing inspiration from this for the sequel trilogy. What if Supreme Leader Snoke was not an original character at all? What if he was Palpatine’s essence inside of a failed clone body? After Kylo Ren killed Snoke in The Last Jedi, what if Palpatine’s essence transferred itself to another body whose whereabouts are unknown? Also, after his death, Palpatine sent a number of messenger droids to specially selected Imperial officers with posthumous orders in case he died prematurely. By the end of the Galactic Civil War, the Empire was in the process of mass producing these messenger droids. Instead of a recording, what if one of those droids actually became Palpatine’s host? Even though Palpatine may not be able to call on the Force with a droid body, he would still have his devious and cunning intellect that would allow him to manipulate events from behind the scenes. Finally, Palpatine’s Master was Darth Plagueis the Wise, who was a Sith Lord who mastered ways to cheat death. Even though Plagueis failed to save himself from death, Palpatine must have perfected his Master’s research and found the secret. Hopefully, we will find out soon.