Star Wars fans might not have been expecting to hear the familiar cackle of Emperor Palpatine in the very first teaser for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, however, as surprising as Darth Sidious return is, J.J. Abrams insists that not bringing back the Sith Lord would actually have been \u201cvery weird\u201d for Episode IX. \r\n\r\nSpeaking in an interview with Uproxx to help promote his new Star Wars movie, The Rise of Skywalker director discusses Palpatine\u2019s return in Lucasfilm\u2019s sequel trilogy. Fans might not have expected Palpatine to return after his death in Star Wars: Episode VI \u2013 Return of the Jedi, but Abrams says that the trajectory of the Skywalker saga seems to hint at the Sith Lord\u2019s eventual return.\r\n\r\n\u201cWell, when you look at this as nine chapters of a story, perhaps the weirder thing would be if Palpatine\u00a0didn\u2019t\u00a0return,\u201d Abrams told the entertainment news outlet, \u201cYou just look at what he talks about, who he is, how important he is, what the story is \u2014 strangely, his absence entirely from the third trilogy would be conspicuous. It would be very weird.\u201d\r\n\r\nAbrams explanation does make sense. Palpatine did play a major role in the last two trilogies of the Star Wars franchise. It wouldn\u2019t be too farfetched for the Emperor to have a hand in the sequel trilogy \u2013 though we\u2019ve yet to see how everything plays out in The Rise of Skywalker. \r\n\r\nThere are a lot of questions as to what extent Palpatine might return. Some are speculating that he returns as a hologram. Others believe that his spirit finds its way into a Sith artefact like Darth Vader\u2019s old helmet.\r\n\r\nHow do you think Palpatine will return in Episode IX? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=8Qn_spdM5Zg&t=57s\r\n\r\nStar Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.