ByGeo Kas, writer at

A Star Wars: The Force Awakens Theory

I have been thinking about Star Wars pretty much since my birth in 1976 and it has defined my existence in so many ways. It surrounds me, it penetrates me, it binds me to the galaxy. When it comes to this new movie which debuts on December 17th, 2015, which is also my 39th birthday, I have the mother of all theories to share with you all.



Before I get into my theory I want to lay down some evidence. First of all it is no secret that The Emperor has foreseen his defeat by Luke as revealed by Darth Vader to Luke on Cloud City:

Darth Vader: “Luke, you can destroy the Emperor. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny.”

Logically, if The Emperor has foreseen his demise he surely had a backup plan to save himself, to “cheat death”, as he eludes to in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith in the clip below:

Palpatine: “Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith so powerful and so wise, he could use the Force to influence the Midi-chlorians to create life. He had such a knowledge of the dark side, he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying."

Now, having the Kamino cloning technology at his disposal for several decades after taking power, it is entirely possible that Sheev Palpatine had at least one clone (if not multiples) of himself made. As we know from Episode II: Attack of the Clones, the clones can be grown with basically any personality desired, even as a pure genetic copy of the original as seen with the Boba Fett clone.

Lama Su: “We modified their genetic structure to make them less independent than the original host.”


OK. So, we have Vader confirming that Palpatine knows he will be overthrown and killed in the future. Palpatine was obviously Darth Plagueis’ apprentice and is very possibly even Darth Plagueis is Anakin Skywalker’s birth-father (per Palpatine's statement above “...he could use the Force to influence the Midi-chlorians to create life.”) We know he has Darth Plagueis' Sith knowledge of controlling life and death so why wouldn’t he have planned ahead after his visions of the future demise?

It is my theory that not only is Kylo Ren a mature clone of Emperor Palpatine that was birthed upon the Emperor's demise, but the Emperor’s force ghost/spirit is likely in control, to a point, of him! Adam Driver, the actor who plays Kylo Ren, is roughly thirty years old. Episode VII takes place roughly thirty years after The Battle of Endor, in Return of the Jedi, wherein Palpatine dies at Vader’s hand. We have never seen Palpatine as anything but an old man but if you look at the image above there is a resemblance to Adam Driver, I think, on enough levels that any differences could be explained away by cloning processes and/or exposure to dark side energy. We saw how Palpatine was disfigured by his own electricity bolts in Episode III when battling Mace Windu.

It is entirely possible that a Palpatine clone was not (key word:) “Awakened” until after The Emperor died in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. If he was trained by Luke, as one rumor claims, then perhaps he wasn't presented to him, as Kylo Ren, until he was several years older. The Emperor’s spirit could be dormant the entire time, subtly nudging Kylo towards the dark side until finally in Episode VII: The Force Awakens the possession takes full hold and Kylo Ren is overshadowed completely by the Emperor’s spirit. There could be even be a Sith object (a fomer Sith Lords' lightsaber for example) or Kyber Crystal that triggers this awakening.

Supreme Leader Snoke: “There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it? The Dark Side and the Light.”

It is here that I believe is key, the awakening is the Emperor taking control of Kylo Ren. I feel the conflict within him and the Sith rule of two in this next trilogy will be paramount to the storyline. I believe that Kylo Ren, the character himself and the actual base clone that lies underneath the Palpatine's force ghost possession, leans ultimately to the light side of the Force and represents the Sith apprentice while Palpatine's force ghost will represent the Sith master.

In Conclusion, my theory is that the Sith Master and Apprentice will be a composite being in Kylo Ren in [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158). Ultimately these movies are about Palpatine more than anyone else that isn’t a droid. Besides Palpatine, who appears in five of the six previous films, Anakin Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, C3PO and R2D2 are the only characters to appear in all six films, in one form or another.

Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) & Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid)
Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) & Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid)

I personally just don’t see how else a young Sith Lord becomes the leader of the First Order and the remnants of a vast galactic Empire, or at least close to that and as powerful as he seems to be, unless he is The Emperor reborn in CLONE form. Why go through all the trouble of the Clone Wars and not save a few clones of yourself just in case? All I know is I am eager to see what unfolds next and I know there will be plenty of twists and turns along the way to shock and amaze! May the force be with you, always.


Tell me what YOU think: Is Kylo Ren is a clone of Emperor Sheev Palpatine?


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