Followers have been left scratching their heads after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker did not ship any actual form of clarification for a way Emperor Palpatine was nonetheless alive, after he’d each fallen to his obvious loss of life within the Death Star and had been inside it when it exploded. Within the run-up to the discharge of the movie’s novelization, we at the very least discovered a partial clarification, together with his decrepit type in TROS clarified to be a clone physique.
The novelization, from creator Rae Carson, formally got here out this week and now we’ve found a fuller clarification for Darth Sidious’ survival. When Rey is feigning obedience to her evil grandfather through the Sith ritual on the story’s climax, although she’s actually planning on turning in opposition to him, she receives visions of Palpatine’s previous. The ebook right here reveals precisely how he managed to flee his sure doom again in Return of the Jedi. Learn the related passage beneath:
“Plagueis had not acted quick sufficient in his personal second of loss of life. However Sidious, sensing the flickering gentle in his apprentice, had been prepared for years. So the falling, dying Emperor referred to as on all of the darkish energy of the Pressure to thrust his consciousness far, far-off, to a secret place he had been getting ready. His physique was useless, an empty vessel, lengthy earlier than it discovered the underside of the shaft, and his thoughts jolted to a brand new consciousness in a brand new physique – a painful one, a brief one.”
So there you have got it. Sidious was clever to Vader’s wavering loyalty all alongside and knew he may finally flip in opposition to him. It’s not outright said the place he despatched his essence, however we are able to presume this “far, far-off” place was Exegol and the “painful”, non permanent physique he transmitted himself into was one among his clone varieties. We all know he tried to create the proper physique himself, together with a cast-off imperfect clone that may develop into Rey’s father. In the long run, he determined Rey’s type can be the most effective physique for him to own. However, as we all know, that plan backfired massively.
Now we’ve obtained this info, it stays to be seen whether or not it’ll ever be explored in a fuller means in another type of tie-in media, perhaps as its personal novel or comedian ebook collection. For now, the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novelization is your finest place to seek out the solutions that have been frustratingly overlooked of the movie itself.
Supply: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Novelization (through ScreenRant)