After the first trailer for the highly anticipatedStar Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalkerwas released, Star Wars aficionados were surprised to hear that Palpatine might be back.

At the 1:47 mark in the trailer, you can hear Emperor Palpatine’s sinister cackle.

Preceding the laugh is a voiceover of Luke Skywalker saying, “No one’s ever really gone.”

In , the villain was thought to be killed by . This new development has many fans understandably shook.

It’s likely that Ian McDiarmid will reprise the role of the antagonist after playing the character in the last two trilogies. McDiarmid was also seen at a panel for the film on Friday, fueling Palpatine comeback speculation.

Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalkerwill premiere Dec. 20, 2019.

H/T Polygon

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