Luke Skywalker, Sith Lord (or, Your Childhood Is Officially Ruined)

Fan theories are one of the most enjoyable ways in which people can interact with the properties they love. The Pixar Theory is perhaps the most well known, connecting all of the Pixar movies together through sometimes tenuous logic. But make way for a new master fan theory – and one that may prove right when we see The Force Awakens in December – because Huffington Post’s Rob Conery has just published his own theory: that Luke Skywalker turned to the Dark Side in Return of the Jedi. He bases his theory on the following:

  • Yoda tells Luke that if he leaves his training early, he will “become an agent of evil.” Luke then responds by immediately leaving.
  • When Luke shows up at Jabba’s Palace at the beginning of RotJ, he looks like a Sith, Force chokes some fools like a Sith, and talks like a Sith. He even threatens to destroy Jabba and summarily does it. This is a bit similar to his daddy, Anakin, going to kill the Tusken Raiders on Tatooine after he finds his mother killed.
  • Just as Anakin’s fall to the Dark Side hinged on his love for Amidala, so Luke’s fall occurs when Vader threatens his sister; if Luke won’t join the Dark Side, maybe his sister will? We never find out because Luke does indeed come out of hiding, turn all Sithly, and cuts Vader down.

Conery describes more evidence much more in depth and you should definitely click the link above and read through the whole thing. It’s a lot of fun. Here’s my take on the theory: it makes Star Wars a lot better. If, and it’s a big “if” at this point, Luke *did* fall to the Dark Side, what does this mean for the Force Awakens? Let’s examine.

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