Emperor Palpatine Hunting Baby Yoda:
Jon Favreau has done a remarkable job creating the best Star Wars TV Series ever (Yes I’ve said it & I’m right). As you know, the show is set 25 years before the rise of the First Order & 5 years after the fall of the Empire in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983). So basically, it’s set between the original trilogy and the new trilogy that has just ended with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Talking about The Rise of Skywalker reminds us of Emperor Palpatine.
The Sith Lord has always been the greatest villain in the Star Wars franchise. That’s why he was brought back in the latest trilogy by JJ Abrams. We would have liked his return much more if how he survived his fall in Return of the Jedi was explained in a better way. But still, seeing him return was nice. Now, we’ve got a theory that could actually give us a detailed explanation as to how did Palpatine return in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
In the movie, we just got a vague explanation of it. Things don’t go too deep as it smartly uses the same lines from Star Wars Canon. In Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Palpatine told Anakin about the Sith Lord Darth Plagueis the Wise. Here’s what he said:
“Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life. … He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying. The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.”
So, the film straightaway starts off with Palpatine telling Kylo Ren that “The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.” The movie also teases that his body was cloned. But perhaps there’s a reason why The Rise of Skywalker didn’t go into too much of detail to explain how Palpatine returned, and that reason is The Mandalorian.
We’re assuming that you’ve already gone through The Mandalorian. But still, Spoilers follow.
In a show about the Mandalorian, people have actually fallen in love with another character of Yoda’s species. People have took to calling the green infant “Baby Yoda”, but for now, Jon Favreau has named him “The Child”. Through the series, we’ve seen that an Imperial Remnant has been after the cute little Baby. In the finale, we saw the imperial governor Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) show up in order to hunt down the Baby.
People have been assuming that since baby Yoda is one with the Force, the Imperial Remnant is after him. And, the second assumption is that the Imperial Remnant will turn into the First Order in the coming years. And then its ultimate future (as shown in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) will be the Final Order.
So after connecting all of these dots, we could actually come to the conclusion that Emperor Palpatine is the one who is after baby Yoda. He survived Return of the Jedi and is currently alive in The Mandalorian’s timeline. So perhaps season 2 could show us how Emperor Palpatine survived and would further dive into his development until his appearance in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Let’s see what happens in Season 2 which arrives this year. Here is the official synopsis for Disney Plus’ The Mandalorian:
“After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.”