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.
At the 1:47 mark in the trailer, you can hear Emperor Palpatine’s sinister cackle.
Preceding the laugh is a voiceover of Luke Skywalker saying, “No one’s ever really gone.”
The three seconds of Palpatine laughing at the end of this trailer is better than the entire Last Jedi movie https://t.co/IF4raoPtds— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) April 12, 2019
In Return of the Jedi, the villain was thought to be killed by Darth Vader. This new development has many fans understandably shook.
When Palpatine shows up in #EpisodeIX #StarWarsCelebaration pic.twitter.com/nYTFtrvqIn— DosmRider (@CaptainDosm) April 12, 2019
(Thirty years ago)— Carlos A. Morales (@CarlosAlonzoM) April 12, 2019
Everyone: pAlPaTiNe Is GoNe— Sad Kylo Ren (@KyloIsSad) April 12, 2019
Palpatine in #EpisodeIX: pic.twitter.com/gY0mnnVCbp
*Hears Palpatine laugh at the end of the Star Wars teaser* pic.twitter.com/FVurAi0RW3— Andrew Claudio (@AndrewJClaudio) April 12, 2019
star wars twitter after the #episodeix title and teaser reveal but with palpatine: pic.twitter.com/l9zXZyoIz1— jar jireh binks #KnivesHive ✨ (@sulcusandjirehs) April 12, 2019
*the new star wars title appears*— danielle (@Iightben) April 12, 2019
*palpatine’s laugh echoes in the background* pic.twitter.com/cGbUsVRaJr
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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