Star Wars: Rey and Palpatine’s Tension Explained

According to The Rise of Skywalker, we know Rey’s father was a clone killed by Palpatine’s brokers – however, why did he have her dad and mom assassinated?

In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it was revealed Palpatine had Rey’s dad and mom killed – however, was there a secret purpose that has but to be revealed? When viewers first met Rey in Star Wars: The Power Awakens, she was one thing of a thriller – not least as a result of her household background was teased as being someway necessary. Rian Johnson subverted that in Star Wars: The Final Jedi, revealing Rey’s dad and mom have been nobodies who, by Kylo Ren, threw her away like rubbish.

J.J. Abrams had different concepts, retconning this revelation in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. He revealed Rey was truly the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine, a considerably heavy-handed try, and combined her into the overarching Skywalker saga. The novelization swiftly clarified Rey’s father is definitely a failed Palpatine clone, described as “an ineffective, powerless failure” and “a not-quite-identical clone.”

And but, one thing nonetheless would not appear fairly proper. This different Palpatine could have been a failed clone; however, the Emperor nonetheless thought-about him sufficient of a menace to have him killed. What’s extra, tie-in comics have not too long ago revealed the murderer Palpatine despatched – Ochi of Bestoon – was one in every one of his key belongings, in a position to go up towards Darth Vader himself. Is it potential there’s extra to Rey’s dad and mom’s story than has been revealed up to now?

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Rey’s dad and mom Might Have Been Trying To Thwart Palpatine

Rey’s final reminiscence of her dad and mom is of the second they left her on the junkyard world of Jakku, apparently promising to return to her – a promise they by no means fulfilled. However, it’s truly fairly curious; they traveled to Jakku in the first place; this planet was necessary to Palpatine. As revealed in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy, Palpatine first visited Jakku across the time he was elected as Supreme Chancellor of the Republic in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. He established a secret Sith Observatory there, which turned devoted to mapping the Unknown Areas in what was presumably a profitable try to find the misplaced Sith redoubt of Exegol. When Palpatine was killed in Return of the Jedi, Imperial loyalists initiated a Contingency that culminated in a battle over the skies of Jakku. Fleeing Imperials got coordinates for a rendezvous level within the Unknown Areas, the place they found the Emperor had established an influence base prepared for them. Jakku had truly been rigged to blow up as a huge bomb to destroy the nascent New Republic’s fleet; however, it was efficiently defused. It’s definitely curious, due to this fact, that Palpatine’s clone had gone to the one planet, the place he may conceivably have discovered coordinates for Exegol, the planet the place he had been created.

This obvious coincidence turns into all of the extra curious given the Church of the Power established a presence on Jakku as nicely. One distinguished member of the Church of the Power was Lor San Tekka, and by Charles Soule’s novel Mild of the Jedi, his household possessed distinctive maps of the galaxy. The San Tekka clan started as hyperspace prospectors, “rough-edged individuals discovering routes by the wild areas of the galaxy, like planetary explorers looking for passes by lethal mountain ranges.” The key to their success was Mari San Tekka, who seems to be a Power-sensitive possessed of a singular capacity to map routes by hyperspace that have been known as “Paths.” Lor San Tekka appears to have visited Jakku on quite a few events, and he could nicely have been raiding the Emperor’s Observatory as a way to enhance his maps.

All this raises the chance Palpatine’s failed clone turned into a menace because he was looking for his method again to Exegol. It is not possible to say how a lot this failed Palpatine clone knew of his personal previous, and he could nicely have merely been eager to find the reality of his personal origins. That will clarify why Rey’s dad and mom have been, in the end, focused by Ochi of Bestoon, one of many Emperor’s key brokers.

Palpatine Could not Threat Luke Skywalker Studying Of His Existence

This was true when Palpatine was at his most weak – for Luke Skywalker was at his strongest. Based on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the Jedi Grasp was highly effective sufficient to sense the rising darkness, and he was trying to scout out the rationale for it. Worse nonetheless for the Emperor, Luke appears to have appropriately recognized Ochi of Bestoon as an individual of curiosity – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker revealed he was truly on the path of the Sith murderer. Because the Chosen One’s son, Luke Skywalker, was the one man within the galaxy the Emperor rightly feared, one of the highly effective Power-sensitives of all time. He had already proved himself able to resist the seductive effect of the darkish facet.

The very last thing Palpatine may afford was an unfastened finish like his failed clone working round, particularly if he was looking for his method again to Exegol. What’s extra, the clone’s go to Jakku would have made the entire thing even riskier because he may have drawn far an excessive amount of consideration to the planet – and to its valuable maps of the Unknown Areas. The very last thing Palpatine may afford was for Luke to take a curiosity within the Unknown Areas and start utilizing the Power to probe them and discover Exegol. Whereas Luke indeed lacked the valuable Wayfinder, he could nicely not have wanted it; his father Darth Vader was one of many few individuals to grasp an influence referred to as “Skywalking,” which might permit him to chart a course by even the chaos of the Unknown Areas. If Luke used the Power to scan the Unknown Areas and received a way of Exegol, there’s completely no purpose to imagine he can be unable to get there.

It is true all that is solely a principle. However, it will clarify one of many abiding mysteries of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – why the Emperor despatched one in every of his most achieved assassins after Kylo Ren thought-about no one. It isn’t that Palpatine’s failed clone was a hero, trying to undo the Emperor’s plans, however merely that he was asking questions that threatened the Sith Lord’s plans. Hopefully, sooner or later, Star Wars will resolve this specific thriller – and inform the complete story of Rey’s dad and mom.

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