Emperor Palpatine returns in Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, but how? Well, what if Darth Sidious transferred his soul to Darth Vader’s helmet in his apparent death scene? At the end of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, a redeemed Anakin Skywalker seized Palpatine who was using Force lightning to kill Luke. Anakin threw the Emperor off a balcony as the electricity lit up his helmet, coursing through his body.
In fact, during the new Rise of Skywalker trailer, Darth Vader’s breathing could be heard over Palpatine’s dialogue.
Clearly, Palpatine wishes to live forever, so no doubt he’ll be looking for a new body.
Maybe this explains the Dark Side Rey with the double-sided red lightsaber?
Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker will be released in UK cinemas on December 19, 2019.