The very first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hinted at the cackling return of Emperor Palpatine, and while we know very little about Darth Sidious’ role in the film, there have been many rumors centering around the iconic Star Wars villain. One of these rumors includes a Sith Fleet, a tidbit that’s sparking a whole lot of speculation online.
According to a new Episode IX fan theory that’s been circulating on Reddit, Palpatine’s Sith Fleet may have actually caused a bit of mayhem in the teaser for The Rise of Skywalker. This new theory suggests that it’s Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) who actually discovers the existence of the Sith Fleet. The Supreme Leader of the First Order then rallies the fleet in the fight against the Resistance, getting a hold of its rumored planet-destroying weapon.
However, instead of wiping out planets, “this weapon we heard of disrupts the surface the planet in the trailer (leaving the aftermath red).”
It’s an interesting theory, one that gives the Sith Fleet an active role in Episode IX. One of the major concerns about the idea of a Sith Fleet would be the role it would play in the film. The Knights of Ren seemed like a pretty cool concept, but the group barely had any screen time in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They didn’t even get a scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. If the Sith Fleet rumor is proven to be true, then we’re hoping that we get to see it in action.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.