star wars the rise of skywalker palpatine

A lot goes unexplained in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, so much that director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio have gone on an explanation press tour of sorts, clarifying plot reveals and twists. But earlier versions of the final film in the Skywalker Saga may have given a better picture of some of the most baffling twists. According to Abrams longtime editor Maryann Brandon, who edited the film alongside Stefan Grube, an earlier cut of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker explained the return of Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) after his apparent death in Return of the Jedi.

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker follow.

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episode 9 palpatine

The end of the trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker came with a shocking revelation: Emperor Palpatine is back in some capacity. It’s not something that’s abundantly clear on first watch, but with the appearance of actor Ian McDiarmid, who has played the villain since 1983’s Return of the Jedi, at the film’s Star Wars Celebration panel, it was all but confirmed. But now Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that not only is it Palpatine we are hearing in The Rise of Skywalker trailer, but that his Episode 9 return had been planned for a long time.

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