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.
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.
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.
There has been leaked images of Kylo Ren battling someone powerful on board a Star Destroyer while all the surrounding stormtroopers were blown away. Some people think this mysterious opponent is Luke Skywalker’s Force Ghost while others say it is Anakin Skywalker’s Force Ghost. However, with the revelation of Darth Sidious’s return, Kylo Ren’s opponent could be Sidious himself. The First Order is essentially the Galactic Empire reincarnated while Kylo Ren is the current Supreme Leader after Snoke’s death. Because the First Order is the culmination of his legacy, it would make sense that Darth Sidious would challenge Kylo Ren for leadership of the First Order. Even though Kylo Ren will clearly become stronger in The Rise of Skywalker, he doesn’t stand a chance against Sidious. Darth Sidious has proven to match Yoda in both mastery of the Force and in lightsaber combat. It has been implied that Force users become more powerful after they experience death, which means Sidious might be even more powerful than he was when he fought Yoda in Revenge of the Sith. I can imagine Sidious saying, “Get off my throne, boy!” If Sidious defeats Kylo Ren, he may take Kylo Ren as his new apprentice, which would give Kylo Ren a chance to continue his grandfather’s work as Darth Sidious’s enforcer and executioner.
In the Star Wars Battlefront II video game, we became aware of a First Order program called Project Resurrection. Later, it was revealed that this program was a way for the First Order to increase the numbers and strength of their army and navy. It was called Project Resurrection because they were trying to bring back the military might of the Galactic Empire. However, with the revelation that Emperor Palpatine has returned, I think there was another aspect of Project Resurrection that we don’t know about yet. What if it was a way for the First Order to bring back the original Galactic Emperor to lead them? If this is the case, what method did they use to bring Palpatine back? A clone body? A droid copy? Or some kind of dark ritual utilized by Palpatine’s surviving acolytes? I hope we find out soon.
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.