Although the next novelization of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker It will not be officially on sale for a couple more weeks, advanced copies of Rae Carson's book were sold at C2E2 this weekend in Chicago. Passages of the novel are already beginning to appear online, including an excerpt recently shared by Screen Rant that confirms a popular fan theory about Emperor Palpatine.
Despite being the most publicized development of the end of the Sequel Trilogy, Palpatine's return only obtains the shortest and vague justifications of the film. Therefore, fans have had to rely on the material derived from the film to learn more about how the villain survived his destiny in The return of the Jedi, and in the space of two paragraphs, the novelization offers perhaps the most developed explanation to date:
“All the vials were empty of liquid, except one, which was almost sold out. Kylo looked more closely. I had also seen this device before, when I studied the Clone Wars as a child. The liquid that flowed into the living nightmare before him was fighting a losing battle to sustain the rotten flesh of the Emperor.
"‘ What could you give me? "Kylo asked. Emperor Palpatine lived, in a way, and Kylo could feel in his bones that this clone body sheltered the real spirit of the emperor. However, it was an imperfect vessel, unable to contain its immense power. It could not last much longer. "
Even before The rise of Skywalker Upon reaching theaters, there was much speculation that cloning technology played a role in Palpatine's return, and this brief passage seems to confirm that. Specifically, it seems that Palpatine's spirit was transferred to a clone of his original body, although the physical deterioration of this new body makes it necessary for Sheev to find another vessel.
It is strange to think that such an important detail was revealed in a few lines of a related novel, and yet the film itself could not set aside 20 seconds for an explanation. Also, this seems to be a recurring pattern for J.J. The last feature of Abrams.
For example, although the movie never clarifies where the Emperor's huge fleet comes from, the movie Visual dictionary He tells us both who built Palpatine's boats and where they got the pieces. We can expect the novelization of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to fill in some blanks when the book reaches stores on March 17.