Although the upcoming novelization of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker isn’t formally on sale for a pair extra weeks, superior copies of Rae Carson’s guide had been bought at this weekend’s C2E2 in Chicago. And already, passages from the novel are starting to emerge on-line, together with an excerpt not too long ago shared by ScreenRant that confirms a preferred fan principle about Emperor Palpatine.
Regardless of being essentially the most hyped-up growth of the Sequel Trilogy finale, Palpatine’s comeback will get solely the briefest and vaguest of justifications within the movie itself. Followers have subsequently needed to depend on the film’s spinoff materials to study extra about how the villain survived his destiny in Return of the Jedi, and within the house of two paragraphs, the novelization gives maybe essentially the most developed clarification but:
“All of the vials had been empty of liquid save one, which was practically depleted. Kylo peered nearer. He’d seen this equipment earlier than, too, when he’d studied the Clone Wars as a boy. The liquid flowing into the residing nightmare earlier than him was preventing a shedding battle to maintain the Emperor’s putrid flesh.
“‘What may you give me?’ Kylo requested. Emperor Palpatine lived, after a trend, and Kylo may really feel in his very bones that this clone physique sheltered the Emperor’s precise spirit. It was an imperfect vessel, although, unable to comprise his immense energy. It couldn’t final for much longer.”
Even earlier than The Rise of Skywalker reached theaters, there was a lot hypothesis that cloning know-how performed a task in Palpatine’s return, and this quick passage appears to verify simply that. Particularly, it seems like Palpatine’s spirit was transferred right into a clone of his authentic physique, although this new physique’s bodily decline makes it mandatory for Sheev to search out one other vessel.
It’s unusual to assume that such an necessary element was revealed in a couple of strains of a tie-in novel, and but the movie itself couldn’t put apart 20 seconds for a proof. What’s extra, this appears to be a recurring sample for J.J. Abrams’ newest characteristic.
For instance, whereas the film by no means clarifies the place the Emperor’s monumental fleet got here from, the movie’s Visible Dictionary tells us each who constructed Palpatine’s ships and the place they bought the components from. We are able to anticipate the novelization of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to fill in a couple of extra blanks when the guide hits cabinets on March 17th.