Warning: This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Star Wars: The Last Jedi might be enjoying commercial and critical success, however the film has become one of the most divisive installments in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, creating a group of vocal naysayers disappointed in the film's subversion of fan expectations. Why was Snoke killed off this early in the trilogy? Why did Rey have to be a nobody? Why was Luke turned into a cynical and jaded version of himself instead of the benevolent Jedi master that he ought to be?
Taking to Reddit, a Star Wars fan decided to post his own explanation of one of the most controversial moments in The Last Jedi – the scene where Luke thinks about killing his own nephew, Ben Solo (Adam Driver).
"Initially he's all for killing Vader to avenge his aunt and uncle, Obi-Wan, and his father."When Vader reveals he's Luke's father, it allows him to look beyond the "monster in a mask" and see the human underneath. Even Obi-Wan and Yoda urged him to face and strike Vader down in order to become a Jedi Knight, but Luke's instincts told him different."
According to the Reddit user, Luke still seems to rely heavily on instinct, especially in that particular scene in The Last Jedi where he thinks he might be able to save the galaxy from a world of pain if he took down the darkness in Ben.
"Luke's trusted instincts are telling him to strike Ben down for the good of the future, in the same way his damaging trip to Bespin was ultimately a good thing, and to ignore the advice of his Jedi Masters and reach out to Vader was a good thing. Luke, of course, realizes his mistake; that his instincts have been clouded, but by then it's too late."
Though some fans would think otherwise, this explanation seems to prove a point. Luke was trusting his instinct during that moment in the film, and it's natural for everyone to make mistakes. Even Jedi masters make mistakes. But failure, yes failure, is the best teacher of them all, isn't it?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently screening in cinemas.