MakingStarWars is currently posting a rumor that the Imperial guards aka Royal Guards will be getting some sort of visual update for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

You may remember the Royal Guards as those crimson-cloaked guards that surround Emperor Palpatine in the original trilogy. They weren’t there though when Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker killed the Emperor during the climatic moments of Return of the Jedi, which kind of defeats the purpose. Seriously…

Now MakingStarWars (a highly credible source of Star Wars news mind you) is saying that there’s a huge chance these royal guards/imperial guards return in a new form.

 

According to the website, the Royal Guards will now be called Praetorians or Elite Praetorian Guards. And like Emperor Snoke of the old trilogy, these Elite Praetorians will be playing bodyguard for Supreme Leader Snoke.

Supreme Leader Snoke
Supreme Leader Snoke from Star Wars The Force Awakens

Energy weapons are also rumored to be their thing as they will be seen carrying electric-type halberds, a big departure from the traditional halberd or spear weapons carried around by Palpatine’s original Royal Guards.

You can read more about their story about these Elite Praetorian Guards HERE

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