Even though there has been a huge fan backlash, The Last Jedi has just past the $1 BILLION mark! Edging both Rogue One and The Dark Knight. Hardcore fans were pissed about a ton of things. From the way, old man Luke was played, to Rey’s parents just being nobodies. One scene which causes problems for many is the moment Luke goes to kill his young nephew while he is asleep and defenseless. But what if it was not Luke’s fault?
The flashback scene showed Luke looking particularly deranged and almost crazed as he loomed over the bed of Kylo Ren with his green Lightsaber. He almost looks possessed! Remember how Darth Vader was so immersed in the Dark Side that his presence invoked a crushing fear as he swept into a room? In Star Wars The Old Republic, Darth Jadus made those around him feel fear, sickness, and as if they are dying.
What if indeed Kylo was already so consumed by the Dark Side that it influenced those around him? Skimming thru reddit this week I found an amazing theory explaining Luke’s dilemma. Reddit user TLM86 explains: When Luke looked into Ben Solo’s heart he was influenced by the darkness and had his gut fear reaction to kill him to save the ones he loves (like father like son).” In other words, Luke was momentarily taken over by the Dark Side. We see his struggle on screen and the moment he finally resists the urge to kill young Ben.
The theory also suggests that this moment was what drove Luke into exile and to sever his ties with the Force. Which makes sense.
The theory adds: “He had control enough to stop himself, but it was too late. Luke abandoned the life of a Jedi because he was ashamed of his weak moment and thought he wouldn’t be helpful anymore.”
A reply to the thread agrees: “Honestly I’m fine with Luke having a moment of weakness, but for those that really hate that Luke would even almost maybe entertain the idea of killing his nephew for the sake of the galaxy, this could be a really great way to fight that impulse. If Luke reached out and immense Darkness reached back, maybe Luke was influenced by that Darkness for a moment before his senses came back to him. I’d be okay with that.
This idea that Luke didn’t flee to Ahch-To just because his students were killed or corrupted by Ben/Kylo, he also left because he was almost unable to resist the call of the Dark Side himself, would resolve many issues that hardcore fans have with the movie. Maybe this would help them move on.
What do you guys think?
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