We’ve got an interesting new detail to share with you from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker thanks to the novelization. This book seems to be clearing a lot of things up and filling in some of the holes and answering some of the questions that the movie didn’t get into.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker revealed that Emperor Palpatine had a son who went on to father Rey, but it turns out that there’s a lot more to this story and character. A lot of fans wondered how Rey could have been granddaughter of Palpatine, when did he ever father a child?
Well, the book reveals that the “heretics of the Sith Eternal” spent years trying to create a new clone body for The Emperor, but none of those clones could hold and contain his power. It’s then explained that “One genetic strandcast lived. Thrived even. A not-quite-identical clone. His ‘son.'”
So it’s this failed Palpatine clone that went on to father Rey. The book goes on to explain, that this clone was “a useless, powerful failure.” It goes on to say, “Palpatine could not even bear to look upon such disappointing ordinariness. The boy’s only worth would lay in continuing the bloodline through more natural methods.”
In a way, this means that Emperor Palpatine is both Rey’s father and grandfather, and it also means that Rey is kind of an unnatural thing. The whole human clone thing is weird.
It seems so convenient that Palpatine used his powerless, non-identical clone to create a child he could then hopefully possess. This is just one of those plot holes that the book is trying to explain away. But, it’s all canon now! This is the official story, and Lucasfilm has committed to it.
What do you all think about this latest reveal?