While many questions remain about the final installment to Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy, of the more pressing ones is how exactly will Emperor Palpatine return? We all seen Vader come to the rescue of his son Luke Skywalker, who was being electrocuted at the end of Return of the Jedi, redeem himself in the process by throwing his BFF Emperor Palpatine down a reactor shaft.
There appeared to be no way for Palpy to survive the fall and the explosion, but of course that was before the prequels. We learn during the conversation had by Palpatine and Anakin Skywalker that Palpatine’s master, Darth Plagueis learned how to cheat death. Ever since it’s been thought that Palpatine himself learned the same techniques.
A new Star Wars book has some on Reddit believing a passage in the book could refer to Palpatine’s return, thanks to a post by Reddit user Franzman86. The book, which came out in April is Master and Apprentice and is written by Cluadia Gray. The quote in question is, “He who learns to conquer death will through his greatest student live again.” This is discovered by Qui-Gon Jinn and Count Dooku (who were at one time master and apprentice). You can check out a screenshot of the book here.
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Now this doesn’t directly refer to Palpatine, but seeing how Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is shaping up, it’s really not that big of a stretch. Of course, who would Palpatine’s greatest student be? Vader, who vanquished him? An unknown apprentice? Not knowing much about Snoke, I guess it’s possible he could be the student. If this pans out to be directly related to Palpatine’s return, my guess is the student is Rey.
Then again, this passage may not have anything to do with Palpatine. If you’ve seen The Clone Wars, you know that Darth Sidious also dabbled in what looked to be magic. It certainly didn’t look like the Force, it was likely the same kind of sorcery used by the Night Sisters, which may be an extension of the darkside. Palpatine was able to make Yoda see things that weren’t really happening, it also seemed to help him gain access to the “World between worlds,” in an attempt to get to Ezra Bridger. So Palpatine has more than one way to return for an encore.
This is of course, a huge grain of salt, so take it as such. While we may learn a little bit more from the next trailer, we won’t know any of the bigger plot points until were are firmly planted in the theater this December. Palpatine is coming back, we all heard him laugh. By what method he returns is as of now, unclear. However, with the stories we’ve all heard him tell, and factoring in he’s a master of manipulation with unparalleled darkside abilities (at least as far as the films), who knows how long good old Palpy has been planning his return.
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