Yesterday, at the Disney D23 Expo, a Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker sizzle reel screened for a few lucky fans and press. Aside from a general commemoration of the series, new footage featured included Rey looking very Dark Sidey with a red double-edged lightsaber like Darth Maul. But what was even more shocking was Palpatine’s voiceover, which said: “Now your journey nears its end.” According to an attendee, this included hearing Darth Vader’s iconic breathing, so is the Sith Lord back with the Emperor?
It’s certainly possible. After all, if the Emperor is back why can’t Darth Vader be?
If JJ Abrams really wanted to go that way narrative-wise, he could make it work.
However, it’s worth pointing out that back in 2015 the official trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens included a shot of Darth Vader’s crushed helmet and his breathing could be heard on the audio.
And, of course, when that movie was released he wasn’t alive