The novelisation of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has revealed that Palpatine was indeed a clone in the movie which gives us more questions than answers.
This reveal has left me scratching my head and thinking: “Well, what was the point of the movie, then?”
First off, it was already very confusing to see Palpatine return in the movie.
Then we have to learn that it wasn’t the real Palpatine after all?
It just makes the whole experience feel rather empty.
This was revealed by the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker book, which was written by Rae Carson.
The book won’t officially go on sale until March 17th.
Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker was actually a clone…?
However, Lucasfilm Publishing decided to sell advance copies at C2E2 in Chicago and passages have begun leaking online (via Screen Rant).
The book confirms that the Emperor’s spirit has been transferred into a clone body.
When Kylo Ren arrives on Exegol and encounters Palpatine, he looks closely at the machinery the Emperor is physically attached to, and recognizes it from his studies of the Clone Wars.
He then deduces Palpatine’s dark side spirit is too strong for the clone body, and is causing serious degeneration to it.
I suppose that is quite a cool idea. Palpatine is basically a spirit which is possessing the bodies of his own clones.
Palpatine was possessing his own clone bodies
Here’s the passage from the book which explains all of this:
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.
‘What could you give me?’ Kylo asked. Emperor Palpatine lived, after a fashion, and Kylo could feel in his very bones that this clone body sheltered the Emperor’s actual spirit. It was an imperfect vessel, though, unable to contain his immense power. It couldn’t last much longer.
What do you make of this news?
Are you even more puzzled by the fact that Palpatine was a clone in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?
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