A brief scene seen in the all new trailer for this Christmas' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has sent shock-waves throughout the Star Wars fan base. The scene, previously covered HERE shows a dark hooded figure kneeling before a Bacta Tank with two Imperial Guards standing 'at attention' in the background. With Darth Vader having never been shown to be wearing a hood many fans are speculating that inside the Bacta Tank is Supreme Leader Snoke, and the kneeling hooded figure is the Emperor, adding fuel to the speculation that Snoke is in fact Darth Plagueis, Palpatines Master. While it could be that this is the case and that the scene has been included in Rogue One to add to the wild speculation surrounding Snoke, it may have even bigger ramifications.
The Bacta Tank (pictured above) is surrounded by thick mist, and the tank itself looks frosted over, giving the impression that this particular Bacta Tank is also some kind of cryogenic tank, keeping its occupant frozen to some degree to keep them alive. If indeed the occupant is Plagueis, he may have resided in the tank since Palpatine 'killed him'. After the fall of the Empire it could be that Snoke, having been in stasis throughout episodes I-VI, had healed enough to take command of the remnants of the empire, reorganizing them into the First Order, as seen in The Force Awakens.
Another theory surrounding Darth Plagueis, sourced from Palpatines conversation with Anakin Skywalker in the opera house in Episode III, is that indirectly Plagueis is Anakins father through using the Force to create life using Shmi Skywalker as the mother. How does all this add up to a conspiracy theory in Episode I, I here you all cry; don't despair we are almost there.
In Episode I Queen Amidalas ship is forced to land on Tatooine when it is discovered that the ships Hyperdrive is damaged during its escape run through the Trade Federations blockade. To track down the ship and its occupants Palpatine sends his apprentice Darth Maul. It is on this planet, of course that Qui-Gon Jinn discovers Anakin Skywalker. But was this discovery by chance or by design?
What if after fatally injuring his master and placing him in cryogenic stasis Palpatine somehow learnt from his master of the life he created on Tatooine, in an attempt to realise the prophecy of the chosen one? Knowing such a person would be powerful in the force Palpatine, now a senator, uses the Trade Federation to blockade trade to Naboo forcing Chancellor Valorum to send Jedi Knights. Knowing the Jedi will easily outsmart the Trade Federation and rescue Naboo's Queen, Palpatine ensures her ship is damaged during its escape, forcing the ship to land on Tatooine.
In short, what if Palpatine knew of Anakin's existence beforehand from his master, and used the Trade Federation blockade to get the Jedi onto Tatooine and find Anakin for him, giving him ample time to seduce him toward the dark side as he used Queen Amidala to attain power in the senate. Then after fabricating a galactic war, turning Anakin into his apprentice and destroying the Jedi, heralds himself in as the Emperor and ruling the galaxy.
But in a final twist, what if all of what Palpatine believed was his doing was in fact designed by Plagueis. What if Plagueis knew that Palpatines sentimetanlity would keep him from truly killing his master? What if Plagueis had used Palpatine to create what would become the First Order, and what if Plagueis knew Palpatine would lose everything to the chosen one he had brought into being.
Was Anakins discovery designed by Plagueis, all as part of a highly elaborate plan to create for himself a personal army and the means to rule the galaxy? Were all of the events of the saga thus far by Plagueis' design, and if so what else doe's he have planned for the Skywalker family? Is Rey a part of Plagueis' plans or the true chosen one born from the force and whom will bring it into balance?
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