Star Wars fans were pretty shocked when they heard a very familiar cackle echo from the darkness during the very end of the first teaser for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Emperor Palpatine had died decades before the beginning of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, how could he possibly return in Episode IX?
While his upcoming appearance in The Rise of Skywalker has brought about a whole lot of surprise for fans, a new theory suggests that Darth Sidious may have very well been hiding in plain sight in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
According to this new theory that’s been making the rounds on Reddit, it’s possible that Palpatine may have had some sort of presence in Star Wars: Episode VIII, using Snoke as a host the entire time. The Redditor lists down a few interesting points to help support his theory, noting that Palpatine’s theme was actually being played in scenes where Snoke tortures Rey (Daisy Ridley) in The Last Jedi.
The theory also takes note of Snoke’s powers, suggesting that the character was only made Force Sensitive because of his possession. The post reminds fans that lightning was Darth Sidious signature movie when disciplining his apprentices, something that we’ve seen multiple times in the original trilogy.
Of course, the idea of Palpatine possessing Snoke sounds like a bit of a stretch. How in the world could have the Emperor survived his long fall in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi?
Let’s wait and see.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.