Star Wars Theory Resolves Palpatine Return Plot Hole in Rise of Skywalker

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Although he's (literally) hanging on to life in Exegol, Emperor Palpatine still managed to assemble the greatest fleet in Star Wars history. His return wasn't explicitly explained in The Rise of Skywalker so his ability to do such a big scale plan is unclear, but a new theory suggests the Sith Lord used a wealthy investor.

In a proposed theory by Inverse, Palpatine's solution lies in the Czerka Arms. The company manufactured weapons for the Sith, with their "close business associations," it would make sense for Palpatine to ask them for assistance in his plan.

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In the non-canon Star Wars Legends, Czerka Arms is thousands of years old, known to assist the Sith during the Jedi Civil War over 3,000 years before the events of the original trilogy, as seen in the Knights of the Old Republic video game. The outlet points out that if the Sith can survive that long, it's safe to say that such a company could be around for as long as well.

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The outlet adds that they might have been hiding in Exegol for Palpatine to get easier access to the company. Of course, he's in hiding himself, so it's best to stick in one place. It was also noted that this shows just how "cunning" the Emperor can be, adding that he has always had a backup plan. There's no denying that he put up a fight as much as he could until the end.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available to stream on Disney+.

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