The novelization of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker confirms that Rey’s father was actually a failed clone of Emperor Palpatine.
While Rae Carson’s novelization of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker reveals that Emperor Palpatine was a clone in the film, the book reveals that Rey’s father was also a failed Palpatine clone. Fans have debated how the Emperor continued his lineage since the release of the final film in the new trilogy. The new book explains that Emperor Palpatine is both Rey’s grandather and her father since the failed clone wasn’t an exact copy of the villain.
In an excerpt from the book, it’s explained the Sith cultists were attempting to clone a body for Emperor Palpatine, and one “genetic strandcast” survived, but was a failure because it wasn’t quite identical and it had no access to the Force. The Palpatine clone was only kept alive so that he could carry on the Emperor’s lineage. Thankfully, this answers how the Palpatine family continued on and Rey was born. Read the extract from the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novelization below.
“One genetic strandcast lived. Thrived even. A not-quite-identical clone. His ‘son.’ But he was a useless, powerful failure, Palpatine could not even bear to look upon such disappointing ordinariness. The boy’s only worth would lay in continuing the bloodline through more natural methods.”
What do you think about the new revelation that Rey’s father was a Palpatine clone? Do you think it makes the ending to the new saga better or worse? Sound off in the comments 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 will arrive March 17th on digital and on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 31st. Meanwhile, the novelization was released on March 3rd.