Remember when Palpatine showed up in Exegol with an entire Sith army? Oh, and that longstanding rule from The Phantom Menace (opens in new tab) that there can only ever be two Sith? Don’t worry, we were confused too. But, luckily, a new junior novelisation of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (opens in new tab) has addressed it and cleared everything up.
Though fans are normally reaching for the pitchforks each time a retcon happens, this one actually helps things make sense. The Sith Rule of Two was made official Star Wars canon in The Phantom Menace when, during Qui-Gon Jinn’s funeral, Yoda explains, “Always two there are. No more… no less. A master and an apprentice.”
This was all well and good until The Rise of Skywalker introduced an entire Sith population living in secret on Exegol, a legendary planet hidden in the Unknown Regions. There were more than two Sith in those crowds, for certain… Thankfully, the new junior novel has the answers.
According to ScreenRant (opens in new tab), in Michael Kogge’s novel Rey discovers part of an ancient text that reads "The Prime is one, but the Jedi are many. The Sith were Many but often emerged Ruled by Two."
Throughout the prequel trilogy, the Jedi has always believed there were only ever two Sith: a master and an apprentice. It makes sense that this would have enabled Palpatine to keep Exegol hidden for all this time. It’s a smart recon, as it essentially preserves the original rule but neatly explains how a cult of Sith’s came to exist in the final entry to the Skywalker Trilogy.
If you need a refresher, you won’t have to wait too long as The Rise of Skywalker will be making its way onto Disney Plus on May 4 AKA Star Wars Day. Elsewhere in the galaxy, the penultimate episode of The Clone Wars (opens in new tab) looks set to show the moment Order 66 was enacted; when the Clones betrayed the Jedi. Prepare the tissues.
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