Star Wars: Episode IX theory: Did the Emperor create Rey?


Amid the speculation of Emperor Palpatine returning in Star Wars: Episode IX, I theorize that he created Rey.

After so many months of waiting and speculation regarding what Star Wars: Episode IX would entail, fans finally go their first taste of the upcoming movie at Star Wars Celebration, with the release of the first trailer.

The biggest takeaway from the trailer came right at the end, when fans were shocked to hear the infamous laugh of Emperor Palpatine, which has since then sent the Star Wars community into a tailspin.

The fact that Palpatine’s laugh was included in the trailer is a pretty likely indicator that the Emperor will be involved in the movie in some form or another, but the question remains “how?” and more importantly “why is he in the movie?”

There are many theories currently floating around the internet regarding how the Emperor will return in The Rise of Skywalker, many of which suggest that he will return in living form, with the most popular being that he “cheated death” using the powers he alluded to in Revenge of the Sith, in clone form, or that he was Snoke all along.

However, I theorize that he will instead be included in The Rise of Skywalker to reveal that he created Rey.

By now, most Star Wars fans are aware of the infamous opera house conversation between Anakin and Palpatine where it was alluded to that Palpatine was the one who used the force to “create life” and conceive Anakin within his mother.

It is also well-known that Palpatine was continuously frustrated with Anakin/Darth Vader as his apprentice and continuously sought to replace him with someone whom he deemed to be stronger. As we saw in Return of the Jedi, Palpatine’s first choice was Luke Skywalker, who he baited into killing his father to replace him as his apprentice.

Since at the time, Luke and Vader were the last two known Jedi in the Galaxy, it is very possible that in his quest for a new apprentice, Palpatine decided to use his powers to give himself another option, and once again used the force to immaculately conceive a child to take on as his apprentice, just as he did with Anakin years prior.

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If that is the case, then both Rey and Anakin would have been born under similar circumstances, as both were born to a poor mother on a desert planet, with Anakin’s mother being a slave on Tatooine and Rey’s mother a “nobody” from Jakku who sold her for drinking money. Additionally, each of the two had a strong connection to the force despite little training.

Along with those small coincidences, the Emperor also had a secret Imperial Research Base on Jakku but not much was known about what the base was for. Despite being located on a remote planet in the outer rim of the Galaxy, it was an essential part of the Emperor’s Contingency that both the base and the planet be destroyed in the event of his death.

However, as a part of the Battle of Jakku, the Rebel forces prevented the Contingency from happening and the planet remained.

This begs the question of what were they working on in this base that was so important to the Emperor that he would destroy an entire planet just to keep his research and his secrets from falling into the wrong hands.

It could be possible that the purpose of this base was to oversee Rey’s growth and development as a child, so that Palpatine could have another alternative for his new apprentice if he was unable to control either Luke or Vader.

This reasoning would make sense as to why Palpatine cared so much about his research base and would also provide an explanation as to why using the force comes so naturally to her, being that she was born from it.

Palpatine being her creator could also provide fans with a clue regarding why Rey and her friends are traveling to the crashed Death Star in the movie’s trailer. As the throne room on the infamous super weapon was the place his death, they could be traveling there to potentially find more information about Rey’s origins or even speak to the Emperor’s force ghost.

Lastly, if this theory turns out to be correct, and Rey was conceived the same way that Anakin was, then this may lead to her taking up his name as they were both of the same origins, making her the “Skywalker” that the film’s title The Rise of Skywalker is eluding to.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released in theaters on December 20th, 2019.

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