One of the biggest problems fans had with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker wasn’t the entirely that they brought back Emperor Palpatine, they were more puzzled that J.J. Abrams and writer Chris Terrio failed to mention how he was able to come back after seemingly being blown-up or disintegrated at the end of Star Wars: Return of The Jedi.
Well, it looks like leaks from the novelization of the film (spotted by ScreenRant) has revealed that Palpatine was, in fact, a clone after all. Something you would think they would have explained in the actual film with a simple line of dialog.
“All the vials were empty of liquid save one, which was nearly depleted. Kylo peered closer. He’d seen this apparatus before, too, when he’d studied the Clone Wars as a boy. The liquid flowing into the living nightmare before him was fighting a losing battle to sustain the Emperor’s putrid flesh.
“What could you give me?” Kylo asked. Emperor Palpatine lived, after a fashion, and Kylo could feel in his very bones that this clone body sheltered the Emperor’s actual spirit. It was an imperfect vessel, though, unable to contain his immense power. It couldn’t last much longer.”
We’ve seen a lot of the gaps in the movies being filled by the novels, visual guides, and comic books which really comes off as Lucasfilm and Disney purposefully pulling narrative plot points out of the films so they sell it later to fans in merchandise.
Moving forward it would be nice to see them just put most of the stuff fans need to know in the movies at hand and not worry about the piecemealing of the plot later on in books and comics.