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Here’s Why Rise of Skywalker Never Explains Palpatine’s Return

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There were a lot of plotholes in The Rise of Skywalker (and if you need a recap of them, pick any of the thousands of YouTube video responses to the film). One of the largest holes is the presence of Emperor Palpatine. The Sith Lord played a prominent role in both the original trilogy and the prequels, with his lust for luring Skywalker blood to evil causes and his drawn-out drawls of “Daaaaaawrk sieeeeeeeede.”

At the climax of Jedi, Darth Vader finally had enough of him and threw him down a shaft for trying to electrocute his kid. After that, the entire Death Star II blew up. Now, a generation later, Palpatine is back for the ninth movie…just because, that’s why. His living status is revealed in the opening crawl, and never explained in the film itself.

According to Maryann Brandon, who edited Rise Of Skywalker before its release, the film originally had an explanation for the Emperor’s return, but it was cut. “[There was originally] a little more information about it, what was keeping [Palpatine] alive,” Brandon said to Huffington Post, “[but] it seemed to go off topic.”

“It was kind of a delicate balance and went back and forth a lot about how much we wanted to reveal,” says Brandon. “Some scenes changed quite a bit, the way that we wanted to present it to the audience. In the end, we ended up showing a lot less of it than we started with.”

Why? Brandon says “There was so much information in the film and so many characters that we wanted to have an audience concentrate on. I think we felt we didn’t want to clutter the film up with things you didn’t need to know.”

Avoiding clutter is one thing, but the circumstances behind this dead character suddenly being alive was definitely something we needed to know. What do you think?