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  • The Rise of Skywalker trailer ends with the chilling laugh of Emperor Palpatine. 1 / 8

  • Director J. J. Abrams and actor Ian McDiarmid have both confirmed the Emperor's return. 2 / 8

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  • Instead of risking a leak, Lucasfilm decided to reveal the Emperor to generate buzz. 3 / 8

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  • The laugh does not show the Emperor, so fans can speculate about his return. 4 / 8

  • Previously, Abrams faced criticism about the return of a major villain in Star Trek Into Darkness. 5 / 8

  • Abrams lied and denied Khan's return... even though Benedict Cumberbatch WAS playing Khan. 6 / 8

  • But with Palpatine confirmed to be back, the stakes are higher than ever. 7 / 8

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