Is this a dream or nightmare sequence, as many suspect the ‘evil Rey’ one was? Or is it possible this is somehow the work of the droid’s creator? Remember C-3PO was built by Anakin. Is he somehow connected to the return of his master?
One outlandish theory even suggests that Palpatine hasn’t just been possessing Dark side acolytes, he has also somehow been able to possess droids.
Or perhaps this isn’t C-3PO at all, but a popular evil version introduced in the canon comics.
Could this actually be 0-0-0, also known as Triple Zero, first introduced in the Star Wars comic Darth Vader 3: Vader, Part III?
He shares his counterpart’s snarky attitude and one-liners but also has a terrifyingly casual approach to killing and torture.
In the comic, just after the Battle of Yavin, rogue archaeologist Chelli Aphra steals the dangerous Triple Zero’s personality matrix, which had been developed centuries before but judged too dangerous – and inserted it into a 3P0 protocol droid.
Triple Zero soon came into contact with Darth Vader…
Aprha was an agent of Darth Vader and so they all star together in the comic series before Aprha fell out of favor and took her terrifying droid with her.
Triple Zero later became a crime lord on Son-tuul.
Just imagine if Rise of Skywalker confronts C-3Po with his evil twin…