The cone of silence is still firmly in place in terms of official info about Star Wars: Episode VII, but the cone of rumor and speculation is still blasting at full power. The latest piece of (mis?) information making the rounds is that Emperor Palpatine, the head of the Empire and the man who corrupted Anakin Skywalker into becoming Darth Vader, will be back in Episode VII, thus necessitating the appearance of his portrayer Ian McDiarmid, at least according to Latino-Review.
But wait, you say, didn’t Palpatine kind of die when at the end of Return of the Jedi when he was thrown down a shaft by Darth Vader and exploded into some kind of energy… Yeah. Anyway, the idea of Palpatine coming back is not unprecedented. In the Expanded Universe comic miniseries Dark Empire, it’s revealed that Palpatine had clones of himself because he was so bad ass with the Dark Side of the Force that his mortal bodies would get all used up and he’d have to jump into a new, younger Palpatine that would eventually become old and wrinkly due to his wicked evilness. According to Latino Review though, the makers of Episode VII are going to go a different way. Some slight potential spoilers ahead:
Palpatine comes back as a Force Ghost..like Obi Wan. (Sith Lords learned similar techniques, which in some cases allowed them to physically interact with their environment.)
Palpatine will not be a clone, not in human form.
Now here is a HUGE tidbit…
Palpatine had a new apprentice before he got killed.
Sounds like good nerd service, but is the whole Episode VII now going to be a bunch of returning characters with hardly anything new? I hope not. A galaxy far, far away isn’t as much fun if we’re following the same dozen people. Still, this is all still theoretical.
More news as it develops.
Source: Geek Tyrant