Somehow, Palpatine is back… as a hot topic of ‘Star Wars’ for fans
Now that Darth Vader has made a check worthy comeback star wars reference manual* thunderous applause with its appearance in Obi Wan Kenobiit was only a matter of time before fans started bringing his sinister mentor, Emperor Palpatine, aka Darth Sidious, into the conversation.
Even though longtime Palpatine actor Ian McDiarmid recently denied rumors that he would appear in person on the Disney Plus show that serves as the sequel to the prequel, the return of Hayden Christensen and James Earl Jones in Vader’s role was apparently enough to fuel fan speculation – and/or hot takes – about the Emperor notoriously fond of regaling people with the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise.
Much of the renewed attention appears to have come from a post on Twitter showing photos of ‘The Skywalkers’, including Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker, his alter-ego Darth Vader, Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker and Daisy Ridley’s Rey Skywalker. , the latter is not related to Anakin’s bloodline, but rather adopted the nickname for herself after being trained by Luke. Indeed, Rey’s biological grandfather was actually Palpatine, but she renounced such a legacy.
One fan still clearly didn’t accept Rey as Skywalker, writing in a quote tweet, “Why is a Palpatine here?”
And speaking of Skywalkers, the original poster, @TheStarWarsAcad, updated the collage to include Adam Driver’s Ben Solo, who is the son of Skywalker’s heir, Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia Organa.
Despite the updated image, fans were clearly still sour over Rey’s inclusion.
However, another fan defended Rey taking over from Skywalker, saying the whole backlash was a waste of people’s energy.
“Lol y’all are rightfully brain dead. It’s not even that deep. Rey is a skywalker BY CHOICE. PALPATINE BY BLOOD. it really isn’t that hard to fathom.
Another Twitter user took the opportunity to point out, amid all the renewed talk about bullying an evil Vader, that he was just a Palpatine pawn in the grand scheme of things.
As we talk about “Somehow Palpatine has returned,” a line notoriously made famous by the wrinkled Sith lord becoming a surprise antagonist in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalkeranother fan pointed out that repurposing tired storylines is an age-old tradition in the franchise, as evidenced by the fact that we’ve completely lost count of how many times the Death Star has seemingly been rebuilt over and over again .
While Palpatine may have overstayed his welcome by returning to the sequel trilogy, he was arguably a highlight of the prequel trilogy over a decade prior, having stronger motivation and presence in 2005. Revenge of the Sith as the main protagonists of this film.