C-3PO might not be one of the main characters in Disney's Star Wars sequel trilogy, but the communications protocol droid plays an important role in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Using his vast knowledge of all the different language in Star Wars' galaxy far, far away, C-3PO helps guide Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac) to Exegol – though it takes some effort for the team to get past the Sith Restrictions on the droid. The team has to risk wiping C-3PO's memory just so that they can work around the restrictions and so the droid can translate Sith language and reveal Palpatine's hiding place.
With C-3PO's abilities and memories placed in the forefront of The Rise of Skywalker, a new theory suggests that the droid may actually remember Anakin Skywalker, his creator. Recalling a similar scene in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Screen Rant reminds fans that the mind-wipe in Episode IX wasn't the first time that C-3PO's memories were erased. Bail Organa once had to have the droid's memories erased to prevent him from sharing information about Anakin Skywalker and his fall to the Dark Side.
While we might think those memories can no longer be accessed by C-3PO, The Rise of Skywalker has this scene where R2-D2 backs up C-3PO and returns his memories to him. While most fans complain that the convenient little plot twist erases the magnitude of C-3PO's sacrifice in Episode IX, it does make one wonder whether R2 also has the C-3PO's memories from the events of the prequel trilogy. It does seem possible. R2 has never really had a full memory wipe, after all. This means that R2-D2 may still contain C-3PO's memories of Anakin Skywalker before the Jedi turns into Darth Vader.
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available on Digital HD. The film is set for release on Blu-Ray, DVD, and 4K on March 31.