WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD. We’re not sure how, but Emperor Palpatine is back for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. The villainous Darth Sidious hasn’t been seen since his apparent death in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. But footage for the new Star Wars movie sees Rey and Kylo Ren in a lightsaber duel over the Death Star II wreckage as Palpatine’s creepy voice is heard. Now Making Star Wars’ podcast has allegedly revealed what the Sith’s evil plan for the pair is in The Rise of Skywalker.
According to the leak, Palpatine features early on in The Rise of Skywalker.
Apparently he tells Kylo Ren he wants him and Rey to be the Emperor and Empress of his new evil Empire.
The pair represent the positive and negative aspects of the Force and together should be powerful enough to restore Palpatine back to his fully resurrected strength.
Certainly, this seems to tie in with the latest poster for The Rise of Skywalker with Palpatine comfortably looming over the pair in battle.
Maybe this explains Dark Rey, as seen in the Disney D23 footage.
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