You would initially think, as an attempted assassin of the Emperor, he would need to follow the standard “three names” rule, at least for the intergalactic evening news. Especially given the vast number of inhabited planets in the galaxy, you’d think there’d be hundreds, if not thousands of people with the same first-last combination among the stars.
But you’d be wrong, for two simple reasons:
- It is Darth Vader who actually kills the Emperor, though it’s fair to assume no one but Luke actually knows this and lives to tell the tale.
- This all happened a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Before the three name rule went into effect.
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