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As im born in 1988, being too young too understand hte background of the Prequel series,
and some retcon-like elements, ive got a few questions regarding to Off-Universe developments.
(im not a natural english-speaker, please show discretion.)
As the Senator/Chancellor Palpatine was presented in TPM, was it known to the general audience,
that he will eventually become the Emperor from the Original Trilogy?
or was it only known to those with high-grade background knowledge from non-theatrical-release scources?
(like novels,guides, official statements...)
Was the Emperor referred to as Palpatine in the Original Trilogy or Releases related closely to
the Original Trilogy?
Was there a mention of the "Sith Order" before Prequel Trilogy or release sclosely related
to the Prequel Trilogy?
I have not found any Off-universe material that would provide information about
the Palpatine-Evolution being a 'surprise' for the audience (like Vaders Fatherhood,).
So i would be very grateful for any information on the subject. —Unsigned comment byDer Rastlose (talk • contribs).
The original 1976 novelization mentions both Palpatine and the Sith, but not in connection to each other. Vader is titled "Lord of the Sith" there, and with the revelation that the Emperor is his master one film later, the implication is fairly clear. And while Palpatine is never referred to by name in the Original Trilogy, the name has been associated with his character in promotional material since at least the release of Return of the Jedi. At the very least, the fact that Ian McDiarmid plays "both" characters is a sort of clue any astute general audience member could pick up on. Dangerdan97 00:25, 30 April 2009 (UTC)
Yeah, i agree i just think people saw Sidious from Return of the Jedi and then in The Phantom menace saw he looked the same. I dont know if Ian McDiarmid played sidious in the ORIGINAL Return of the Jedi, i just thought he played Sidious in the DVD release of Return of the Jedi, they changed a lot of things for that episode. Im not 100% sure about who played him in the original Return of the Jedi. --Kitfisto-66 09:34, 4 May 2009 (UTC)
Umm. McDiarmid *did* play the Emperor in 1983. Like it says on his page. It was the main reason he was cast as Sidious/Palpatine in Phantom Menace. Dangerdan97 14:35, 4 May 2009 (UTC)
If memory serves me right it was also mentioned on the back of the (Australian) VHS/DVD of The Phantom Menace. But to answer your question: no, it was not a surprise; it has always been clear to the general public that Palps is Sidious. User:Molecule