Palpatine — the previous Dark Lord of the Sith who looks like a withered lemon and also went by the moniker Darth Sidious — was played by Ian McDiarmid in the first two trilogies, and has been thought to be dead after being taken out by Darth Vader in 1983's Return of the Jedi. But the end of the teaser for The Rise of Skywalker includes his chilling laugh, confirming his reappearance in the series. Did he actually die in that explosion in Return of the Jedi? Will we be seeing his Force ghost? Or did he miraculously survive and is now older and more deformed than ever?