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Palpatine may be back from the dead—and the internet is shook

'No one's ever really gone.'


Eilish O'Sullivan

Internet Culture

Published Apr 12, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 2:57 pm CDT

After the first trailer for the highly anticipated Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker was released, Star Wars aficionados were surprised to hear that Palpatine might be back.

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At the 1:47 mark in the trailer, you can hear Emperor Palpatine’s sinister cackle.

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Preceding the laugh is a voiceover of Luke Skywalker saying, “No one’s ever really gone.”

In Return of the Jedi, the villain was thought to be killed by Darth Vader. This new development has many fans understandably shook.

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It’s likely that Ian McDiarmid will reprise the role of the antagonist after playing the character in the last two trilogies. McDiarmid was also seen at a panel for the film on Friday, fueling Palpatine comeback speculation.

Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker will premiere Dec. 20, 2019.

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H/T Polygon

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*First Published: Apr 12, 2019, 4:08 pm CDT