If you’re a “Star Wars” fan, you probably have a lot of questions about how Disney plans to finish off the third chapter in the current saga of films in Episode IX. With the first teaser trailer for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” released last week, it’s only fitting for “Star Wars” fan theories to emerge in anticipation of the film’s December release.
One of the most noteworthy theories posted online over the weekend came from Reddit user EmperorDeathBunny, who speculates something that many fans had not yet considered. This fan believes Kylo Ren is Darth Plagueis, giving him a much more meaningful presence in the “Star Wars” saga. The Reddit user shared that upon his death, Darth Plagueis was able to transfer his essence into other host bodies, allowing him to stay alive, in a way. This theory suggests that Darth Plagueis possessed Emperor Palpatine before possessing Snoke, and when Kylo Ren killed Snoke in Episode VIII, Darth Plagueis’s essence was transferred to Kylo Ren.
You may be wondering how this fan determined this theory, so you can read the full theory below:
Did you ever hear the theory of Darth Plagueis “The Wise”? I thought not. It’s not a theory a normie would tell.
Many people have speculated who Darth Plagueis is and whether he might somehow have a presence in the last trilogy of the Skywalker saga. Well, hang onto your Corellian seats Redditors because I’m about to go full warp speed and blow your mind when I tell you that…
Kylo Ren is Darth Plagueis.
This isn’t a joke post – I’m serious, and when you look at the evidence, you’ll never look at the Skywalker saga the same way again.
Dark Plagueis was a powerful Sith Lord who could influence the midichlorians to create life and also save others from dying. He taught everything he knew to his apprentice, Sheev Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious), but he eventually lost his power and young Palpatine killed him in his sleep. 
There are two issues with this story.
How could Plagueis not foresee his own demise at the hands of his ambitious apprentice?
Why did Plagueis suddenly “lose his power”?
The truth is, he didn’t lose his power and he knew Sheev planned to kill him. It was part of the plan. By dying, I believe Darth Plagueis was able to transmit himself into Sheev and assume control of his body, almost like an infectious disease.
Ever notice his name? Darth Plagueis. Plague, as in an infectious disease.
Darth Plagueis unlocked the secret to immortality by moving from one body to the next, continuing his lifespan through multiple hosts over countless years.
Ever wonder why Palpatine was so obsessed with training a powerful young apprentice? Surely he knew that one day the apprentice would want to overthrow him, so why train his own murderer? In Return of the Jedi, Emperor Palpatine continually provokes Luke to strike him down. Why would Palpatine want to be killed if the goal is longevity?
Because Emperor Palpatine was assumed by Darth Plagueis and, through his death, he would then be able to transmit himself into a new host body. He wasn’t just looking for an apprentice, he was looking for a new body since Palpatine’s body was growing old. Luke Skywalker was meant to be the next host body for Darth Plagueis. But unfortunately for Plagueis, Darth Vader had a change of heart and defeated the Emperor.
So how does that make Kylo Ren Darth Plagueis?
StarWars.com describes Snoke as a seeker of arcane and ancient lore , and the Last Jedi Visual Dictionary shows that he is a collector of rare memorabilia . At some point, Snoke must have found the wreckage of the Death Star on the forest moon Endor, and was infected by Darth Plagueis when he came upon the corpse of Palpatine.
Did you ever wonder why Snoke thought it was so important to complete Kylo Ren’s training?
It’s because Snoke was Darth Plagueis and he was training his next host body. Plagueis didn’t have a choice but to infect a really old political influencer like Snoke. Kylo was being groomed to become the next host body.
Remember the infamous scene in The Last Jedi where Snoke is “predicting” how Kylo Ren will kill Rey? Wasn’t it a little too obvious? Wouldn’t Snoke have been able to foresee Kylo’s treachery? See through his conflict? It’s because he wasn’t predicting Rey’s death, he predicted his own. He knew Kylo would kill him. He deliberately bullied and provoked Kylo inorder to stir his anger into hatred to further fuel his dark side and lead him to completing his training.
Then, after Kylo killed Snoke, he told Rey that they should just “leave it all behind”. He told her to forget the First Order and the Resistance. But then, suddenly, when Rey turned him down, Kylo Ren became the new Supreme Leader… Why? If Kylo wanted to burn it all down, why is he suddenly taking charge and leading the First Order attacks against the Skywalkers and the Resistance?
Because as soon as Kylo defeated Snoke, Darth Plagueis infected him. He is no longer Kylo Ren, he is now assumed by Darth Plagueis, and it is Darth Plague’s desire to rule.
In Episode IX, I believe Rey and company will discover this secret in the ruins of the second Death Star. Emperor Palpatine will not be alive. He will either be a haunting spirit or he will merely be a recording that provides insight to the secret of cheating death.
With this new found information, Rey will use the knowledge of the sacred texts and call upon the help of former Jedi Masters in order to save Kylo Ren from Darth Plagueis.
Darth Plagueis was able to cheat death by transferring his essence into other host bodies through death. He possessed his apprentice Palpatine, then possessed Snoke, and finally possessed Kylo Ren when Kylo killed Snoke. Episode IX will be about the battle to save Kylo by defeating Darth Plagueis once and for all.
While this theory does make sense and could make for a pretty epic closure to the “Star Wars” saga, we’re not so sure that it’s exactly what the “Star Wars” team have in mind for Episode IV. As Comicbook points out, it would be pretty far fetched to base an entire storyline on defeating Darth Plagueis, a character who seems more like an afterthought than a villainous mastermind. Many fans may have even forgotten who Darth Plagueis is. But while this theory seems like a stretch, it still gets us thinking even more about what “The Rise of Skywalker” will bring to both new and old fans when it debuts this December, and we love sharing what fans think will become of the characters in popular films like “Star Wars.” We’re not sure what will happen in the last chapter of this saga, but after that perplexing teaser trailer, we can’t wait to find out.
Watch the trailer for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” below: