The last we saw of Emperor Palaptine he was falling down a reactor shaft in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi at the hand of Darth Vader. His body did get destroyed when the second Death Star was blown away. But what if?
Let us start with Darth Plagueis, who was Palpatine’s Master. Plagueis was somewhere between the Jedi and the Sith in his views of how the Force worked in Star Wars.
Darth Plaguies, researched living beings and the force. Plagueis found a way to bring inanimate things to life and manipulate midichlorians. It took him a long time to achieve this victory.
Remember Palpatine and Anakin’s talk in Revenge of the Sith:
It is clear that Palpatine has first-hand knowledge of Plagueis being able to control death and resurrection.
Anakin’s mother claimed he was an un-fathered child. The recent Darth Vader No. 25 showed just how Anakin came to be. We knew beforehand that Palpatine killed Plagueis leaving him with the resources to create life from the midichlorians.
Because of what we know of what Palpatine can do with midichlorians, what if it was possible that through Plagueis’s teaching, Palpatine could have manipulated his own midichlorians and saved himself while falling down the reactor shaft.
We’ve seen other survive long falls too.
Only the Jedi can achieve becoming a Force ghost. Since Supreme Leader Snoke died in The Last Jedi and J.J. Abrams is looking to round out the story. Why not bring back an old villain for what could be a moment like “No, I am your father?”
Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled to come out December 20.