The real reason Palpatine needed Darth Vader and the Inquisitors has been revealed

Thanks to The Acolyte series, we will be able to see the true plan that Palpatine had in store for the Inquisitors and Darth Vader

Star Wars Inquisitors, surviving Jedi, Order 66, Palpatine and Darth Vader

The arrival of “The Acolyte” is just around the corner, and Star Wars is already using this series to reveal why Emperor Palpatine needed Darth Vader and his Inquisitors. During the rise of the Empire, the Inquisitors played a crucial role in eliminating Jedi who survived Order 66 and searching for Force-sensitive children, something we saw in “Star Wars Rebels.” Under the supervision and training of Darth Vader, the Inquisitors operated from the planet Nur in the Mustafar system, allowing Vader to maintain tight control over them.

The hunt for the surviving Jedi

Although Order 66 was a overwhelming success for Palpatine, numerous Jedi managed to escape and scattered throughout the galaxy. The task of locating and eliminating them fell to the Inquisitors, although some notable Jedi found other fates, such as Yoda or Kanan Jarrus. Despite their affinity with the dark side, Inquisitors were not considered Sith, due to the Sith rule that there can only be one master and one apprentice at a time.

Palpatine’s need for the Inquisitors had a double motivation. On the one hand, they had to finish off the remaining Jedi. On the other, his mission was to find Force-sensitive children, making sure they didn’t grow up to become potential threats. The Inquisitors, being Force-sensitive themselves, were uniquely trained to identify these children. However, the fate of these children remains a mystery. They could have been executed, trained as Inquisitors, or used in experiments like Project Necromancer, something that was already hinted at in the third season of “The Bad Batch.”

The stabilization of the Jedi before the prequel trilogy

During the High Republic Era, both the Republic and the Jedi Order expanded significantly, exploring new planets and bringing more Force-sensitive individuals to the Jedi Temple. However, this expansion eventually stopped, causing Jedi numbers to plateau. The lack of exploration could have indicated a limit on the number of Force-sensitive people in the galaxy at any given time.

Star Wars Inquisitors, surviving Jedi, Order 66, Palpatine and Darth Vader

Star Wars Inquisitors, surviving Jedi, Order 66, Palpatine and Darth Vader

The Jedi order relied exclusively on recruiting young Force-sensitive children, as Jedi could not reproduce. Therefore, the number of Jedi during the High Republic Era represented the natural level of Force-sensitive individuals. With so many Jedi, the number of these individuals was quickly replenished.

Without the Jedi recruiting, Force-sensitives would increase

The Jedi’s prohibition on forming emotional bonds and having children meant that they would not increase the population of Force-sensitives through reproduction. However, as demonstrated in Star Wars, the children of Force-sensitive individuals tend to be Force-sensitive as well. This is clearly seen with Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, children of Anakin Skywalker, and later with Leia’s son, Ben Solo.

Without the Jedi to recruit these children, there was a real possibility that the number of Force-sensitive individuals would increase exponentially. This phenomenon was not limited to the Skywalker family. Kanan Jarrus had a son, Jacen Syndulla, with Hera, and the first season of “Ahsoka” suggests that Jacen is also Force-sensitive. This meant that, with the eradication of the Jedi and the end of recruitment, many Force-sensitive individuals would be able to lead normal lives, reproduce, and have more Force-sensitive children.

Palpatine’s strategy to control those sensitive to the Force

Palpatine anticipated this problem and assigned the Inquisitors the task of searching for and eliminating both the remaining Jedi and the Force-sensitive children. The existence of the Inquisitors was an ingenious solution, because being Force-sensitive, they could identify and capture these children. While it is unclear what exactly they did with the captured children, it is plausible that they were executed, turned into Inquisitors, or used in experiments.

Star Wars Inquisitors, surviving Jedi, Order 66, Palpatine and Darth Vader

Star Wars Inquisitors, surviving Jedi, Order 66, Palpatine and Darth Vader

The June 4 premiere of “The Acolyte” on Disney+ promises to shed more light on this dark and strategic maneuver by Emperor Palpatine, offering fans a new perspective on the galaxy’s darkest period.

 
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