Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Glaringly Retcons The Sith’s Rule of Two

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The Sith may have always followed the Rule of Two, however, it seems like Star Wars has decided to retcon this Sith Philosophy to fill in for a plot hole created by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

In the third act of Episode IX, fans are taken to Exegol, a world hidden in the recesses of the Unknown Regions. With Palpatine sitting on the planet's throne, Sith cultists fill what seems like an arena built into the caverns of the planet. The number of Sith roaring in the arena comes as a surprise - aren't the Sith supposed to exist in twos?

The Rise of Skywalker's junior novelization tries to resolve this plothole with another retcon to Star Wars lore (via Screen Rant). According to the book, Rey discovers that the Jedi misinterpreted the Rule of Two when she reads an ancient text that tries to differentiate the Sith and the Jedi.

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"The Prime is one, but the Jedi are many. The Sith were Many but often emerge Ruled by Two. The Seeds of the Jedi have been Sown throughout the Galaxy, on Ossus, Jedha, Xenxiar, and Others," the book reads, "The Sith have no Seeds since what they Bury does not Grow. They are the Despoilers of Worlds, and have Laid to Waste once Fertile Habitats such as Korriban, Ziost, Ixigul, Asog, and Others."

This directly goes against what the Jedi understood of the Sith in the prequel trilogy. The Jedi believed that the Sith were bound by the Rule of Two, meaning that only two would ever exist, one Master and one Apprentice.

Now, this Rise of Skywalker retcon reveals that many Sith exist and that they are only Ruled by Two with a Sith Lord sitting on the throne and apprentice who will someday take their place. This update to Star Wars lore is just one of the many retcons made by Episode IX.

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