The Rise of Skywalker TV spot teases the possibility of Rey’s backstory. Emperor Palpatine can be heard stating, “It is time that she learn her story…” referring to Rey. Star Wars fans have often wondered what the deal is with her past and it appears that J.J. Abrams may finally give us all of the answers we’ve been seeking, thanks to the return of Emperor Palpatine. The villain’s return is a mystery at this time, but it will soon be revealed.

We last heard the voice of Emperor Palpatine in a clip from The Rise of Skywalker that was released earlier this week. It’s reportedly from the opening segment of the movie and features Kylo Ren landing on Exogal to confront the Emperor. Kylo Ren soon learns that the Emperor has been manipulating him since the start. “I have been every voice you have ever heard inside your head,” says the iconic villain. It’s still unclear why he seemingly wants to bring Rey and Kylo Ren together.

As for bringing back Emperor Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker, J.J. Abrams says it felt like it was inevitable. According to Abrams’ logic, the villain has been in all of the trilogies leading up to now and the final installment in the Skywalker Saga seemed like the best place to bring him in. The director went on to say that his absence would be conspicuous, even though he died at the hands of Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi. Whatever the case may be, Star Wars fans are excited to see how he made his way back.

Rey actress Daisy Ridley also recently spoke about bringing Emperor Palpatine back for The Rise of Skywalker. “He’s the biggest baddie in Star Wars history. Now that we’ve done the story, I’m like, it couldn’t have happened any other way,” says Ridley. She went on to state, “It had to be that. But he’s very instrumental to the plot of the film. It’s not just like he appears again; it’s all explained.” Fans are wondering how the villain returned after all of this time, but it appears that he really never went away.

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Emperor Palpatine learned all he could from his mentor Darth Plagueis, who was attempting to unlock the secrets of immortality. Palpatine later killed his former mentor in his sleep and then continued the immortality studies. It seems like he was really able to pull it off in some form or another and George Lucas’ favorite Midi-chlorians may be how he was able to make it back. This is speculation at this point and has yet to be officially confirmed. For now, we’ll just have to wait until next week to find out for ourselves. You can check out the latest TV spot above, thanks to the official Star Wars YouTube channel.

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