Star Wars: 5 Ways the Emperor is Alive in The Rise of Skywalker! (Nerdist News w/ Dan Casey)

Star Wars: 5 Ways the Emperor is Alive in The Rise of Skywalker! (Nerdist News w/ Dan Casey)

November 30, 2019 42 By William Hollis


– This episode of Nerdist
News is sponsored by Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order. Here are five ways how the
emperor could still be alive in “Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker”. Folks we are less than a
month out from Star Wars episode nine completing the Skywalker saga with the aptly titled,
The Rise Of Skywalker. And there is still so many
questions that need answers, like who were Rey’s parents? Nobody, Who was Snoke? Nobody, And who’s going to hate this film? – [Kylo Ren] Is it you? Nobody, oh man. I’m sure the comments
section will agree with me. But one of the biggest questions that still needs to be resolved is the surprise reappearance of the entire series major villain. We are of course talking
about that Naboo senator, turned sith lord, turned emperor, Chief Palpatine. I know some of you
thought I was going to say Jar Jar but think again. That’s episode 10. And since the trailers for
the film reveal that somehow the emperor, somehow
survived getting shafted on the Death Star Two, fans have been going into overdrive trying to figure out exactly
how this could be possible. – [Luke Sykwalker] That’s impossible. – So right now we’re going
to break down five ways that Palpatine could make
his triumphant return in episode nine. – [Palpatine] Do it! – All right let’s start with a plausible explanation, clones. – [Obi-Wan Kenobi] That’s why I’m here. – From their attacks, to their wars, clones are a massive part
of the Star Wars story and Palpatine story, since he’s the dude that
orchestrated this whole thing to seize control of the
galaxy in the first place. Could he have perhaps cloned himself, then maybe passed his essence
on to a newly cloned body? Sounds gross, but it’s possible. – [Obi-Wan Kenobi] That’s why I’m here. – And it’s also a concept
that’s already been explored in old Star Wars expanded universe canon, now called Legends. In the dark empire comic series, Palpatine does exactly that. He transfers his soul
into a new clone body. And while this story is no
longer considered canon, there is an aspect from
that story that is. The comic features the emperor’s personal superstar destroyer, the Eclipse, which has it’s own Death
Star laser built into it, hidden in the galaxy’s
core after his death, just waiting for his return. And the Star Wars aftermath
novel, Empire’s End, introduced us to a different version of the emperors personal
superstar destroyer, also called the Eclipse. But this time it was hidden in the unknown regions of the galaxy after Palpatine’s death. Seems suspicious right? Well the episode nine trailers show off a fleet of star destroyers
with death star laser tech presumably which were hidden
in the unknown region. So it’s entirely possible they also lifted the clone Palpatine plot as well. – [Obi-Wan Kenobi] Your
clones are very impressive. You must be very proud. – The second way we could
see Palpatine is the no body option. I’m talking about some
sort of force ghost. While in the films we’ve only
seen Jedi as force ghost, and indeed is is Qui Gon Jinn
who taught Obi Wan and Yoda how to become a force ghost, we don’t know much about what
happens to dark side users after their deaths. After all, – [Palpatine] That’s no story
the Jedi would tell you. – Now we do see in the Clone
Wars cartoon that Yoda talks to a dark side specter who may be a ghost of legendary sith lord Darth Bane. But this also may just be
an illusion to scare people away from an ancient sith temple. You know, kind of like
when they brought Tupac back to Coachella. (laughing) (beep) Episode nine could put the
debate to rest once and for all by finally showing us if the sith can become force ghosts as well. But this method seems
less plausible to us since in all likelihood, we saw a couple frames
of Palpatine’s fingers in final trailer for episode nine which, I don’t know about you implies a real body and not
just a spirit of some sort. You can’t have ghost fings. – [Watto] What, you think
you’re some kind of Jedi waving your hand around like that? – That said, our third option expands on this force ghost
option with possession. It’s nine-tenths of the law, especially when it comes to ghosts. And it’s highly possible
the spirit of Palpatine might try to take over the
body of either Kilo Ren or Rey. – [Rey] Do you have something? A cowl or something you can put on? – The evidence for Rey is
pretty straight forward. Perhaps that glimps of
some sort of dark Rey was really just Palpatine
possessing her body. But the evidence for Kylo
is a bit more layered. In the Force Awakens, we
see Kylo Ren just chilling with his dead grandpa,
Darth Vader’s helmet. And asking his dear departed grand daddy to show him the power of darkness, again. But Darth Vader isn’t
Darth Vader any longer. He renounced evil and became
Anikan Skywalker at the end of “Return of the Jedi”. That’s why we got a force ghost
of Anikan who was eventually replaced by Hayden Christensen. Like all of our ghosts eventually will be. – [Anikan] You underestimate my power. – So just who could old
Ben Swolo be talking to that’s pretending to be Darth Vader. Well, it’s probably not Snokes since Kylo mentions
him in that same scene. But maybe and just maybe it was Palpatine’s evil spirit. Which would be a surprise to be sure but, – [Senator Palpatine] A welcome one. – Our forth option for
Palpatine’s return is Mecca Palpatine. They had the technology. They rebuilt him and yeah
I know it sounds like we’re making a joke but I don’t know, it’s not that far fetched if Darth Maul could in Star Wars canon
survive getting cut in half. And getting shafted as well
only to use his pure hatred to make some sort of weird mechanical spider body that he replaces with robot legs? Then, I don’t know. What about the much, much,
much more powerful Palpatine? I bet he could probably
do something as well. Don’t roll your eyes too much at this because if Mecca Palpatine
shows up in episode nine, I will personally come up to your home or place of work and
tell you I told you so to your smug face. (beep) Is that too much? (beep) And the fifth and final way we
think Palaptine could return in the Rise of Skywalker is
admittedly a bit more mysterious and murky than the rest. And it ties into
Palpatines’ old sith Master, Darth Plagueis, the wise. This theory heavily refers
to the scene in Star Wars, episode three, Revenge of the Sith, where Palpatine tempts Anikan
Skywalker to the dark side with tales of how Darth
Plagueis used the dark side to defeat death, and heavily implied that
Palpatine killed Plagueis once he learned his secret. – [Palpatine] Ironic. – Meaning, that if Palpatine
knew how to defeat death, then he never died in the first place. I mean look, we never saw a body. Sure he fell down a near bottomless pit into a power reactor
that definitely exploded immediately after but I don’t know, maybe
that’s not enough to kill such a powerful sith lord. Show us the body! (explosion) Honestly though, if you
look through this list the most likely answer
is probably a combination of two or more of these reasons. Unless of course the
answer is Mecca Palpatine. In which case, we’ll
just have to wait until Star Wars, “The Rise of SkyWalker” hits theaters on December
20th so I can rub it in your face. But what do you folks think? How do you think Palpatine
will return in episode nine? I mean, it’s gotta be
Mecca Palpatine, right? – [Palpatine] No! – Right? Please say right because I
have a lot of money riding on this. – [Palpatine] No! – A lot. Anyway, are there any theories
you might have as well? I don’t know. Let’s discuss. Who cares? It’s gonna be Mecca Palaptine. – [Palpatine] No! – Thanks again to Star
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