It looks like Star Wars has decided to make it official. C-3PO remembers everything that’s happened in the Skywalker saga.
Lucasfilm just recently released the junior novelization of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by Michel Kogge, and like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition by Rae Carson, the book offers new facts and details that either add to Star Wars lore, or retcon canon information.
One of the most recent finds in the junior novelization of Lucasfilm’s divisive Star Wars movie is the expanse of C-3PO’s memory (via Screen Rant). While we know that C-3PO knows a lot more than fans give him credit for, the book confirms how much memory the communication protocol droid has stored over the years in the Skywalker saga.
“This caused a memory file that R2-D2 had restored to be accessed and read. It was a record of the moment when C-3P0's maker had fitted a photoreceptor into his eye socket and he had experienced the visual spectrum for the first time. The initial image his photoreceptors had captured was of a blue-and-white astromech,” a passage in the novel reads.
In the junior novelization’s version of the events in The Rise of Skywalker, R2-D2’s backup restoration of C-3PO’s storage bank helps the droid rekindle memory from the very first time that Threepio was switched on by a young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. That means that C-3PO’s memory encompassed everything that he’s gone through in the Skywalker saga. That’s an amazing new addition to C-3PO’s story.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available on Digital HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD.