Star Wars’ Ian McDiarmid Defended Palpatine’s Return In The Rise Of Skywalker, And I Have Mixed Feelings


“Somehow, Palpatine has returned,” is a line of exposition delivered in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, one that’s been turned into countless memes and also received some eye rolls in theaters. That line, and the decision to resurrect Palpatine, is one that a number of moviegoers have taken umbrage with over the years. Actor Ian McDiarmid defended Palpatine’s return, and I’ve got mixed feelings.

The ending of The Rise of Skywalker completed the Skywalker Saga forever, so in some ways it makes sense that the overarching villain would be back. Still, Palpatine coming back from the dead cheapens his death in Return of the Jedi. The actor himself spoke to Empire about his surprise return to the galaxy far, far away, offering:

A lot of people said it was ridiculous. Of course, he was dead at the end of Return Of The Jedi! And frankly, I think George thought he’d killed me too. But J.J. thought it would be a good idea – I wasn’t going to argue with him. I felt that Palpatine always had a plan B – probably a plan C, D, E, and F as well. And he was an expert in cloning, so…

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