Hal 9000 said:
I do wonder to what degree Palpatine is the sincere (potentially planned all along) conclusion of the story that’s developed, or corporate decision in reaction to what was done with TLJ.
All I remember is how Abrams and Kasdan went on and on about Snoke. Palpatine was never mentioned that I can remember.
All I know is that Palpatine being back completely destroys the prophecy of the Chosen One.
I remember douche Abrams (and Kasdan) saying in the run up to TFA that that would not be touched.
This was why Snoke was not a Sith Lord and neither was Kylo.
But all that seems out the window now.