‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ Novelization Reveals New Details About Palpatine’s Return

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New details regarding Palpatine’s return have been revealed in Rae Carson’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker “Expanded Edition” novelization.

One of the biggest complaints from many fans and critics of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was leaving the return of Palpatine unexplained. In the film, the closest explanation we get is Palpatine reciting a line from Revenge of the Sith about the dark side of the force.

Rae Carson’s upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novelization will delve deeper into the final story of the final Skywalker Saga. Attendees at C2E2 in Chicago over the weekend were treated to copies of the novelization ahead of its release. In the novelization, a new detail regarding Palpatine’s mysterious return is revealed and it appears he might have been a clone like the Legends comic book series, Dark Empire. You can read an excerpt from the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novelization where Kylo Ren encounters Palpatine for the first time on Exegol below.

“All the vials were empty of liquid save one, which was nearly depleted. Kylo peered closer. He’d seen this apparatus before, too, when he’d studied the Clone Wars as a boy. The liquid flowing into the living nightmare before him was fighting a losing battle to sustain the Emperor’s putrid flesh.”

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Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.