09 Oct 2019 1:08 PM +00:00 UTC

Could Kylo Ren Be Controlling Palpatine In Star Wars: Episode IX?

There have been a lot of questions since Lucasfilm teased the return of Emperor Palpatine in the D23 Expo teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

How exactly does Palpatine make his return? Is he making a full return, or are fans only going to see him as a vision in a hologram message? Is Palpatine pulling the strings behind the events of Lucasfilm's Star Wars sequel trilogy?

There have been a number of Palpatine theories running around online the past few months, and while many believe that Darth Sidious is going to play a major role in Episode IX, a new theory claims that the villain's revival might actually be late.


According to a new theory making the rounds on Reddit, Sheev Palpatine's return may actually be the makings of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). The post suggests that Kylo might not be able to gain the loyalty of the First Order as easily as he believes, and this is going to force him to create a fake Palpatine to help secure power in the organization.

Using a hologram or powers of the Force, Kylo is reportedly going to "create the image of the Emperor as a system of control," in Episode IX. The new Supreme Leader of the First Order apparently needs "someone else in charge that people will follow."

It's an interesting theory, one that goes against popular speculation for The Rise of Skywalker. Creating a fake Palpatine though doesn't really make sense, because Kylo Ren has already proven himself to be a strong and intimidating leader in The Last Jedi.

What do you think of this new theory? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.

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