For those of you who are interested in some big and interesting spoiler-filled details regarding the story arc for Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, we’ve got some news for you today. If you don’t want to have anything spoiled for you, I suggest you stop reading now.
The following news comes from Making Star Wars and they say the info comes from a reliable and solid source. So while this is still only a rumor for now, there is a good chance that this intel could be legit and if it is, there are huge spoilers.
Personally, I kind of wish I didn’t read it, but I did, and it’s pretty surprising stuff!
Ok, so according to the report, Matt Smith will be playing kind of a reincarnated version of Emperor Palpatine, which might explain why the actor has been so weird about saying that he’s in the movie.
That’s not all though, there are details about the final act of the film and it includes a fight scene between Kylo Ren and Smith’s Palpatine and things end up getting pretty wild.
The rumor is that Matt Smith isn’t Palpatine reborn or rejuvenated but a dark side acolyte.
However, during The Rise of Skywalker, Smith’s character is willfully possessed by the spirit of Emperor Palpatine.
During the final act of the film Rey and Kylo team up to fight the Palpatine possessed Matt Smith.
The two-on-one duel is pretty intense for the duo.
Again, if you don’t want any major spoilers or the movie ruined for you, stop reading now. I’m serious. These next plot points deal with the end of the film. So, just to be safe, here’s another spoiler warning!
Still here? Ok… because this next part of the info tells us that Kylo Ren will dig deep to try and redeem himself for the things that he has done.
Here we go…
Eventually Kylo Ren kills Palpatine’s host body
Palpatine’s spirit then jumps into Kylo Ren’s body.
Kylo Ren is strong enough to not lose total control of his mental faculties.
Kylo Ren struggles to take control of his body but subdues himself and his weapon while beckoning Rey to kill him.
Kylo does the right thing and becomes Ben Solo again as he sacrifices himself to kill Palpatine.
Rey having never toyed with the dark side like Kylo Ren and the acolyte did means Palpatine has body evil enough to inhabit.
Damn… that’s going to be interesting to see play out. The report goes on to say:
It has a very exorcist type of vibe to it. I do believe Rey does something pivotal that ends Kylo. But I haven’t been able to discern if that is actually him dying or ceasing to be Kylo Ren and becoming Ben Solo. Does it have to do with that intervention we heard about? Or is Ben back for entire fight but still susceptible to Palpatine because of his past actions and struggles?
For me it’s hard to find redemption in a character like Kylo Ren. He killed his own father! He killed Han Solo! I just won’t be able to forgive that. I was kind of hoping that they wouldn’t go with the redemption angle of Kylo, just because I don’t think the fans will fully buy into it after what he’s done.
Personally I really hope that this isn’t true, and that this information is wrong.
If you’ve decided to read this far, what do you think about how Kylo’s story arc will possibly come to an end? Or how Palpatine’s character will be handled?