It has been said quite often that “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” will not only end the current trilogy but also connect the original trilogy and the sequel trilogy. How will that happen? One connecting element that has now been confirmed is the return of the Sith.

The following article contains spoilers of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

First-look photos and a behind-the-scenes video of the upcoming movie posted on Vanity Fair revealed details about some of the new characters and planets. What is curious about the report is that sources close to the film have confirmed that the plot will be about the “climax” of the fight between the Jedi and the Sith.

Fans of the franchise know that the Sith are dead. The last two known Sith were the Emperor and his apprentice Darth Vader. The people in the First Order like the late Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) have never been called Sith, even though they dip into the Dark Side of the Force.

In “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the Jedi will reportedly have to figure out a way to permanently defeat the Sith. How will the Sith return? The trailer of the film has already teased the return of the Emperor in some form.

According to a previous report by Making Star Wars, the way the Emperor will return is his spirit will possess the body of a Dark Side acolyte, played by Matt Smith. The final fight then will be Kylo Ren and Rey (Daisy Ridley) teaming up to defeat the Emperor.

Another significant character being introduced in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is Allegiant General Pryde (Richard E. Grant). The first picture of the character gave the impression that he is General Hux’s (Domhnall Gleeson) father. However, Making Star Wars has confirmed that that is not the case, especially considering the canon of the franchise.