****This article contains major spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker****
The Rise of Skywalker brought back Emperor Palpatine from the dead, and here’s how they did it: in the opening crawl.
It was nothing more elaborate than that, and we didn’t really get any further explanation in the film, but the opening crawl did reveal that Palpatine had seemingly returned:
“The dead speak! The galaxy has heard a mysterious broadcast, a threat of REVENGE in the sinister voice of the late EMPEROR PALPATINE.”
Those are the very first words that we read in the crawl, and it is what sets things in motion with Kylo Ren and the Resistance both investigating it separately. But if you’re wondering just what this broadcast was, then perhaps The Rise of Skywalker‘s Fortnite event can help.
Shortly before the movie released, director J.J. Abrams hosted an event in Fortnite that included a new clip from the film. But after all of that finished up, players were left hearing a new line from Palpatine.
In the game, we hear Palpatine proclaim,
“At last the work of generations is complete. The great error is corrected. The day of victory is at hand. The day of revenge. The day of the Sith!”
It seems that this is the broadcast mentioned in the opening crawl of The Rise of Skywalker, so it’s a bit curious that something like that would be relegated to simply a Fortnite tie-in shortly before the movie released. I’m guessing, therefore, that this dialogue was probably recorded by Ian McDiarmid for the film but that J.J. Abrams didn’t wind up using it – so he then decided to use it as a fun little tidbit in Fortnite.
No one seemed to think much of it before the movie came out, but now it seems that this is the broadcast that the film talks about. If that’s true (and I think it is), then Palpatine’s threat is that the day of the Sith is at hand after the great error is corrected and the work of generations is complete.
As for the work of generations, I wonder if that’s partly alluding to the work of the Sith Eternals who spent time forging an army in secret out of loyalty and worship to the Sith? I’m not quite sure about what the great error that needed correcting was, though, unless maybe it’s the great error in the Empire that led to Palpatine’s death?