Rumor Control: Details on Palpatine’s Return in Star Wars Episode VII Leaked?

Basically what we have here today is a rumor stemming from the root of another rumor.  As such, it’s important to make sure you take all of this with a hefty dose of salt.  Still, the fact that we’re getting this new rumor seems to make the initial one feel a bit more credible, as this is coming from a different source. 

LatinoReview (who has a mixed track record with rumors, but normally reliable) has a report today from an insider close to the film, and they claim to know exactly how they plan on bringing Palpatine back from his demise.  Thankfully, it’s NOT as a clone.  Here’s what they say:

* Palpatine comes back as a Force Ghost..like Obi Wan. (Sith Lords learned similar techniques, which in some cases allowed them to physically interact with their environment.)

* Palpatine will not be a clone, not in human form.

* Palpatine had a new apprentice before he got killed.

* Once again not going by any books. Not one thing they have in the script is from a book.

IF this turns out to be true (which we don’t even know the original rumor is true yet), then this is exactly how I wanted them to bring him back.  The whole cloning thing, which they did in the comics, just didn’t work for me, and I was hoping any role he had would be in this type of capacity.  So if this is the route they go, I’m very encouraged by how they’re handling it. 

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The real interesting aspect of this, is the “new apprentice” part…This basically alludes to who the new villain would be, and that Palpatine would be directing him from beyond the grave.  This actually is a neat idea, as it lines up with how Palpatine has acted in the past (moving on to new apprentices before getting rid of the other one) and if you read more about his life in the books, this is what he does on a regular basis.  Palpatine wants options at all times, just in case something happens.  So him having another apprentice during the original trilogy time period would make sense, and would be another good way to tie everything together.

Again, this is all speculation at this point, and until we hear official word from Lucasfilm they’ll remain that way.  That being said, the rumor feels more credible now than it did on Monday.  What do you guys think about it?

-Jordan