How Emperor Palpatine Was Even More Evil Than You Think

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 How Emperor Palpatine Was Even More Evil Than You Think


Emperor Palpatine was killed at the end of “Return of the Jedi” and didn’t fully reemerge until “The Rise of Skywalker,” but he played a heavy hand in the galaxy’s trajectory all the same. Specifically, he found a way to turn Ben Solo (Adam Driver) into the sinister Kylo Ren without so much as meeting him face-to-face. In doing so, he ended a brief era of peace in the galaxy, sent Jedi Master Luke Skywalker into hiding, and partially motivated Ren to kill his father, Han Solo (Harrison Ford), in cold blood.



The “Star Wars” prequel trilogy gives us the broad strokes of Palpatine’s influence over Ben via the creation of the First Order and his puppeteering of Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis). Meanwhile, ancillary media such as the “Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren” comic story fills in the blanks by expanding on Ben’s turn to the dark side in vivid detail. In fact, issue four shows a reanimated Palpatine communicating with the former Jedi through Snoke, giving him the push he needed to complete his turn, become the leader of the Knights of Ren, and leave his old life behind (via Comic Book).



Whether he’s manipulating political bodies, wiping out entire populations, or preying on lost, confused Force users, one thing is abundantly clear: Emperor Palpatine is one evil being.





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