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5 Burning Questions We Have About STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

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II. Does that laugh mean what we think it means?

Returning to Luke Skywalker’s voice over, while most of it seems to be new dialogue from the new film, there’s at least one line which we’ve heard before. As the trailer draws to a close Luke reminds us that “Nobody’s ever really gone,” a line uttered to his sister in The Last Jedi.

Yet, while the line had hopeful connotations in the previous movie, here it strikes a more ominous note. No sooner is the line spoken than it is followed by a cackle that has sent a shudder down fans’ spines since 1983. We know that laugh to belong to the seemingly deceased Emperor Palpatine.

Does this mean what we think it means?

Will Darth Sidious grace the screen once more?

If so, how will he return? Will he be a phantom apparition- a malignant antithesis of Obi Wan Kenobi, dragging Kylo (or possibly Rey) further towards the dark side? Is it possible that the Emperor somehow survived the destruction of the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi? Or could the long-held fan theory that Matt Smith will play some sort of clone of Palpatine be one of those rare fan theories which is proven right?

Actor Ian McDiarmid recently assured fans that the dark lord is definitely “dead” heading into The Rise of Skywalker… But can we really trust the galaxy’s most notorious deceiver?

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