While the Emperor’s evil laugh at the end of “Star Wars: Episode 9” pleasantly surprised the fans, the character’s return has actually been teased in multiple ways in canon material in the recent past. A new theory about the film explores how Palpatine will return and what his plans are.

When the Emperor fell down that shaft on the second Death Star fans assumed that he was dead, but that perception changed after the trailer of the upcoming film. Palpatine may have actually died, but there is a way for him to return, Screen Rant reported.

“Star Wars” material, including the novels, comics, and the video games have revealed that the Emperor was preparing for the possibility that he will be killed by the Rebellion, and he may have also suspected the loyalty of his apprentice Darth Vader. Palpatine put a plan in motion, and recruited people to carry out his plans in case of his death, presumably to help him resurrect in a far off place and build his power up again.

The Emperor’s plans were teased in the “Star Wars: Battlefront 2” game. The plot of the game is set in a time when Palpatine is dead, and his officers carry out his last command to them. The canon novels also talk about the Sith Lord’s plans and his last set of instructions.

As a Sith Lord, Palpatine had learnt a great many things from his master. He knew that there was a way to cheat death by understanding the subtleties of the Force. He also had in his possession a helmet of the Sith Lord Momin, who had found a doorway back into the world of living after his death.

The “Darth Vader” comics reveal how Darth Sidious learnt from the Momin helmet and then passed it on to Darth Vader. This storyline is discussed in the Marvel comic that was published in October last year.

What will the Emperor want when he returns in “Star Wars: Episode 9”? The character has always been interested in accumulating power and building super weapons. Since the character may have been busy building up his power base in the Unknown Regions while the First Order destroyed the new Republic, his next target could be to build a weapon like the Death Star.

The sequel trilogy has mirrored the original trilogy when it comes to super weapons. “Force awakens” introduced a planet sized Death Star to the fans and “The Last Jedi” revealed Snoke’s (Andy Serkis) massive ship. Just like the massive ship Darth Vader had. The Emperor was busy building a second Death Star in “Return of the Jedi,” and this may be what he will be doing in “Star Wars: Episode 9” as well.