STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Novelization Reveals That Rey's Father Was Actually A Failed Palpatine Clone

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Novelization Reveals That Rey's Father Was Actually A Failed Palpatine Clone

Things just get weirder for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as it's now been revealed that Rey's father was actually a clone of Emperor Palpatine, making the villain her father and grandfather...

By JoshWilding - Mar 05, 2020 01:03 AM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker revealed that Emperor Palpatine had a son who went on to father Rey, but it turns out that there's a lot more to the story. 

Following the reveal that the villain transferred his consciousness into a broken clone body after Darth Vader threw him into the heart of the Death Star II at the end of Return of the Jedi, many fans have wondered how the deformed Palpatine managed to produce a child with a woman.

Well, he didn't. In The Rise of Skywalker's novelization, it's revealed that the "heretics of the Sith Eternal" spent years trying to create a new body for The Emperor, but none of them could hold his power. However, "One genetic strandcast lived. Thrived even. A not-quite-identical clone. His 'son.'"

"But he was a useless, powerful failure,"
the book continues. "Palpatine could not even bear to look upon such disappointing ordinariness. The boy's only worth would lay in continuing the bloodline through more natural methods."

This essentially means that Palpatine is both Rey's father and grandfather, and to say this movie keeps getting weirder would be an understatement. On the plus side, at least we now know that the decrepit Sith Master didn't impregnate some poor woman. However, it's still strange to think that he used his powerless, non-identical clone to create a child he could then hopefully possess. 

It feels like The Rise of Skywalker included at least three movies worth of content when it comes to Palpatine's return, but it was all shoehorned into an already very busy adventure.

What do you guys think? 

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ThunderThighs
ThunderThighs - 3/5/2020, 2:28 AM
It was already weird imagining Palpatine himself giving some lady the D.
But a failed clone?

MosquitoFarmer
MosquitoFarmer - 3/5/2020, 2:54 AM
Through more natural methods...

BritishMonkey
BritishMonkey - 3/5/2020, 3:04 AM
I'm so tired of hearing about all of this now...
Vigor
Vigor - 3/5/2020, 3:12 AM
"it's still strange to think that he used his powerless, non-identical clone to create a child he could then hopefully possess. "

It's not too much different than anakin's origins. A child created by the force, which was manipulated by Darth sidious himself. He created anakin to fulfill the destiny palpatine set forth.

With clones, palpatine is cutting out the middle man and essentially saying "fine, I'll do it myself"

Of all the decisions made in the new trilogy, having sidious try to transfer himself into endless clone failures is not the worst thing
Kyos
Kyos - 3/5/2020, 3:48 AM
bkmeijer2
bkmeijer2 - 3/5/2020, 3:51 AM
There is so much stuff from the novelization that really should've been in the movie. And to be honest, everything seems to make so much more sense
JLex
JLex - 3/5/2020, 3:55 AM
OH GOD MAKE THEM STOP NOW!!!
SuperCat
SuperCat - 3/5/2020, 4:18 AM
F*ck this trilogy.

Matador
Matador - 3/5/2020, 4:35 AM
@SuperCat - Palpatine Clone was the actual Johnny Appleseed

SuperCat
SuperCat - 3/5/2020, 4:50 AM
@Matador - LOL! This whole thing is just a mess.
Matador
Matador - 3/5/2020, 4:52 AM
@SuperCat - LOL I see I haven't even seen the trilogy yet but thanks to everyone I know what's up.

I did see Solo and Rogue One.
newhire13
newhire13 - 3/5/2020, 4:30 AM
Clones are identical though, which he isn’t, so I don’t think it’s accurate to say her dad is her father and grandfather. Sounds like the attempt to clone him resulted in something genetically closer to an offspring.

I mean, Terry McGinnis was designed as a clone of Bruce Wayne but he’s in no way identical to Bruce. He’s closer to a father genetically. And when Terry has kids they wouldn’t be his kids/grandchildren lol.
newhire13
newhire13 - 3/5/2020, 4:35 AM
@newhire13 - Or rather Bruce wouldn’t be their father and grandfather (note: would it kill you guys to add an edit button???)
Matador
Matador - 3/5/2020, 4:39 AM
@newhire13 - No; mistakes were made.

RolandD
RolandD - 3/5/2020, 4:37 AM
This is not a book that was made into a movie. It is a novelization of a movie. The movie being the source should have all of the information that is canon, not the other way around. As far as I am concerned, this trilogy is the most expensive fan fiction ever.
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