Star Wars fans might have expected Emperor Palpatine to have a minimal role in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, however, the former Darth Sidious ended up playing a major part in the movie.
Now, thanks to Lucasfilm’s The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary, we get more details about Palpatine’s return. According to Movie Web, the book explains just how Palpatine was able to resurrect himself without anyone in the New Republic knowing about his return. Apparently, the Dark Side Force user had been resurrected by “The Sith Eternal,” the hooded Phantasm-like figures that we get to see in the second half of Episode IX.
Apparently, the “Sith Eternal” had brought Palpatine back to life using a combination of “technology and the occult,” a necessary mix given the way Darth Sidious had perished in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
It’s interesting to learn that Palpatine didn’t actually bring himself back to life. Instead, the Star Wars villain returned because of the result of a few hooded figures on Exegol. We would have wanted to learn more about “The Sith Eternal” – it seems like Lucasfilm doesn’t give too many details on these people who bring Emperor Palpatine back to life.
Are they just tools being used so that Palpatine can return to the narrative? Or does “The Sith Eternal” have a much larger role to play in The Rise of Skywalker? Do they have another part to play in the movie?
Let’s wait and see.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is currently screening in cinemas.