Star Wars Theory Adds New Heartbreaking Meaning To Major Darth Vader And Luke Moment

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Lucasfilm might be looking to culminate the Skywalker saga with the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but it looks like fans are still looking into the original films, creating all sorts of fan theories about the franchise.

One of the newest Star Wars original trilogy theories has been gaining traction online, giving new meaning to one of Darth Vader's biggest moments in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.

In the film, viewers get to see Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) surrendering to Darth Vader before being brought in for an audience with Emperor Palpatine. In the scene, Luke desperately tries to search for the good in his father. However, Vader tells his son that his efforts are futile; Anakin Skywalker no longer exists.

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"It is the name of your true self, you've only forgotten," Luke tells Vader, "I know there is good in you - the Emperor hasn't driven it from you fully."

Pleading for his father to join him, Vader turns and responds that "You don't know the power of the Dark Side."

While most fans see this as Vader attempting to lure his son to join him, this new fan theory on Reddit suggests something entirely else. According to a new post that's being 96% upvoted, when Vader tells Luke that he doesn't know the power of the Dark Side, the statement can actually be interpreted as acall for help.

"But to me I've always seen it as ‘you don't know how much power it has over me'," the theory suggests, "He's trying to tell his son that he's too far gone, and there's just no going back for him."

Fans are open to their own interpretation, so this is pretty possible, adding a new layer of sadness to the Vader and Luke moment.

Lucasfilm's latest release, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, premieres December 20, 2019.

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