Sheev Palpatine and the Jedi Prophecies
Additionally, there is considerable evidence that Sidious will play a significant role in Episode IX. The most obvious is Darth Sidious’ sinister laugh at the end of the recent teaser. But some of the most compelling evidence comes from the Jedi prophecies revealed in the recently released novel Master & Apprentice. One prophecies reads, “When the righteous lose the light, evil once dead shall return.” Possibly, this could refer to the return of Sheev Palpatine from the dead. This certainly isn’t without precedent in the Star Wars Universe: Darth Maul survived being cut in half and Anakin survived having his legs amputated and being burned alive. Similarly, Palpatine may not actually be dead.
Another similar prophecy reads, “He who learns to conquer death will through his greatest student live again.” When I read this I immediately thought about Darth Plagueis who, as legend had it, learned to keep those he loved from dying. Was Darth Sidious planning to resurrect Darth Plagueis? Furthermore, is Rey racing to the destroyed Death Star (as depicted in the teaser) to keep the First Order from executing Sheev Palpatine’s plan. Finally, another prophecy reads “The danger of the past is not past, but sleeps in an egg. When the egg cracks, it will threaten the galaxy entire.” Is the “cracked egg” referring to the destroyed Death Star?
While much of this is speculation, one thing remains certain. Virtually every threat and every danger encountered in the Star Wars films can be linked one way or another to Sheev Palpatine. While the Skywalkers were among the most influential characters in the saga, they were still only just reacting to Palpatine’s plots.
Therefore, “The Sheev Palpatine Saga” is more fitting title after all.