The Force is strong in this one. An intrepid Star Wars fan guessed the title and major twist of Episode IX ahead of time. While that might be impressive enough as it is, this time traveller did it way back in 2012.
Now that we know the upcoming entry in the sci-fi saga will be called Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker, the theories can go into overdrive about what this could mean and whether Daisy Ridley’s Rey could be connected to the legendary family of Jedis.
The first trailer gave us plenty to digest. From Carrie Fisher’s swansong as Princess Leia (using footage filmed for The Last Jedi), there’s also an expanded role for Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and the long-awaited return of Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian.
The teaser rounded off with the shocking twist that Emperor Palpatine will be back and could be the big bad of Rise of the Skywalker. While Star Wars overseer Kathleen Kennedy admits she’d always planned on Palpatine’s miraculous resurrection, it seems she wasn’t the only one.
Heading back into the archives of the internet, Gabriel Garcia predicted J.J. Abrams’ title and Palpatine’s return in 2012 — long before Abrams was even attached or we’d even heard of the sequel trilogy.
Star Wars Episode 7 The Rise of Skywalker. The Emperor lives.— Gabriel Garcia (@GabbyG41) November 22, 2012
Safe to say, the internet was shooketh by this seemingly amazing turn of events. This isn’t first time someone has predicted something huge without knowing it. The Simpsons has become famous for foreshadowing the likes of President Trump’s election, faulty voting machines, and horse meat scandals. However, there’s no escaping Garcia’s impressive feat.
😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮— 🔥Dragon Jedi🔥 (@jedi_william) April 14, 2019
"He can see things before they happen… Its.. A Jedi trait"
-Qui-Gon-Jinn, to Shmi, in Episode I
Yoda: Impossible to see, the future is.— Stickninja1015 (@stickninja1015) April 14, 2019
Gabriel Garcia: Hold my Deathsticks
This aged extremely well..— Michael (@CountYorga92) April 14, 2019
J.J. Abrams: no one will find this obsure tweet from 5 years ago!— Nathan Kelty (@NathanMKelty) April 14, 2019
The internet: Wanna bet?
Woah…— Brandon Green 🐝 (@ThatGreenDude95) April 14, 2019
Nostradamus here predicting Star Wars since 2012. pic.twitter.com/G0WP1dp3uj
2012 was a big year for Star Wars. It’s when Disney purchased the epic space opera from Lucasfilm and put plans in place to bring the series back to its glory days following George Lucas’ divisive prequel days.
Sure, Garcia might’ve guessed this would be the title of Episode VII, but give them some credit, they were eerily accurate with the rest of the tweet. Now, if only they can tell us if we’ll ever get a Boba Fett movie or if his standalone is forever confined to the Great Pit of Carkoon.
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