Unlimited Power! The Senate himself, aka Emperor Palpatine, returned with a mighty Sith roar in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. His reemergence was shrouded in dark side mystery… until now.
To cheat death is a power only one had achieved, by the Sith Lord Darth Plagueis – with that power passed on to his apprentice, Darth Sidious (Palpatine). Ironic.
Now, a little light has been shed on the great mystery, thanks to some leaked contents from The Rise of Skywalker novelization.
Essence transfer, introduced in Star Wars legends, is inevitably the process of Palaptine’s resurrection.
“Kylo peered closer. He’d seen this apparatus before, too, when he’d studied the Clone Wars as a boy. The liquid flowing into the living nightmare before him was fighting a losing battle to sustain the Emperor’s putrid flesh. “What could you give me? “Kylo asked. Emperor Palpatine lived, after a fashion, and Kylo could feel in his very bones that this clone body sheltered the Emperor’s actual spirit. It was an imperfect vessel, though, unable to contain his immense power. It couldn’t last much longer.”The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition by Rae Carson
Dark science. Cloning. Very interesting. But, how?
Is it possible, that Palaptine’s essence resided within Vader’s helmet, leading to his great revival years later? Did Palpatine use Ben Solo’s Vader obsession to free himself from that prison – like a genie stuck in a lamp? It’s likely, but that’s a story for another time – one that hopefully Lucasfilm tells within the near future.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker written adaption premieres worldwide on March 17th, 2020.
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