Star Wars Fan Predicted Episode IX's Title & Palpatine's Return... In 2012

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The Internet exploded this past weekend with the announcement of the latest Star Wars film’s title, but one Twitter user may not have been quite as surprised.

It all went down at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, where the title of Episode IX was revealed - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Fans immediately began dissecting the title while trying to determine its meaning, but recently it was discovered that a random tweet from 2012 predicted the title -- and it’s massive surprise twist.

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“Star Wars Episode 7 The Rise of Skywalker. The Emperor lives.” the tweet from Twitter user GabbyG41 reads. She would later follow this up with, "Imperial guards rescue him from submersion healing him with General Grievous parts, the 6 million republican credit man haha." in the series of tweets, which were originally posted to the social media website Nov. 21, 2012, nearly seven years before the film would be announced to the public.

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Sure, some facts are wrong, but it's still an eerily accurate prediction. The episode number is off by two, but the wording of the title is spot on. More impressive is the speculation of Palpatine's return. All signs prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens were that the films would be uniquely distant from the original trilogy, and both The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi lived up to that promise. The apparent return of Emperor Palpatine is such a surprise that it became Twitter's hottest talked about topic, and one of it's most prominent memes.

Star Wars fans have become profoundly accurate at guessing the titles of films before their release. Two years before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one message board user on TheForce.net correctly guessed the title in a speculation thread for the name of the then-untitled Episode VII. When reached out by the forum’s administrators, the user confirmed it was just a shot in the dark guess based on naming conventions of previous films.

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As for GabbyG41, no one knows what she thinks about the reveal or even if she remembers her prediction, with her Twitter account inactive since September 2013. It remains to be seen if Palpatine will indeed be saved with parts from General Grievous, or how much the procedure would cost The First Order.

Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film arrives December 20.

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