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Our friends at Latino-Review have another big scoop regarding Star Wars: Episode VII, and it involves a villainous character from the original trilogy returning to wreak havoc on the galaxy.
There's really no point beating around the bush with this one. The site has had two independent sources confirm that Emperor Palpatine, a.k.a. Darth Sidious, is back and that he will once again be the evil puppet master who is pulling the strings of all the other villains in the story.
I'm sure some of you are thinking… "wait a second, didn't he die in Return of the Jedi?" Just because Darth Vader throws him down the shaft of a large space station that exploded doesn't mean that he died. We really never saw him die. He just kind of fell into a bluish light and exploded.
In the extended universe Palpatine didn't stay dead either. He used a rare and ancient Force technique to transfer his spirit into one of many clone bodies stored on the Deep Core world of Byss. Maybe director J.J. Abrams used that as inspiration to bring him into the new films. Maybe just maybe he transferred his spirit into a robotish cyborg body like the one we see in the concept art below. Is this actually Palpatine staring at the helmet of Darth Vader? It seems to make a lot more sense now, doesn't it?
The site goes on to say that their source told them that "The Emperor '100%' will appear in Star Wars Episode VII and VIII. Don't look for confirmation of this from Ian Mcdiarmid, because he's not portraying the Emperor this time."
We'll treat it as a rumor for now, but what do you think about the possibility of the return of this character?