‘Star Wars’ Novel Explains How Emperor Palpatine Survived ‘Return of the Jedi’

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The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novelization explains how Emperor Palpatine survived the events of Return of the Jedi.

The original Star Wars trilogy concluded with Darth Vader returning to the light side and betraying Emperor Palpatine by throwing him down the Death Star shaft. So, it came as a surprise to many when the first trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker concluded with Emperor Palpatine’s menacing laugh, revealing that the villain had been lurking in the shadows long after his supposed demise in Return of the Jedi.

However, The Rise of Skywalker did not spend much time addressing how Emperor Palpatine survived the fall, instead simply attributing his survival to the “unnatural abilities” afforded to him by the dark side. Fortunately, the official Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novelization reveals that Emperor Palpatine had been preparing for Darth Vader’s potential betrayal and devised a way to have his essence leave his body:

“Plagueis had not acted fast enough in his own moment of death. But Sidious, sensing the flickering light in his apprentice, had been ready for years. So the falling, dying Emperor called on all the dark power of the Force to thrust his consciousness far, far away, to a secret place he had been preparing. His body was dead, an empty vessel, long before it found the bottom of the shaft, and his mind jolted to a new awareness in a new body – a painful one, a temporary one.”

What do you think of this explanation for how Emperor Palpatine survived? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here is the official synopsis for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:

Lucasfilm and director J. J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

Directed by J. J. Abrams,  Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Fisher will appear as General Leia Organa through the use of previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now available on Digitial HD and will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD on March 31.

Source: ScreenRant

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