There are still a few months before Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally makes its way to theaters worldwide but rumors and speculations about the upcoming movies are rife. A new report claims that an important plot point that will be explored in the follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been revealed in a new comic book series about Darth Vader.
The Significance of Luke’s Self-Exile
The upcoming movie written and directed by Rian Johnson is expected to explore some of the new trilogy’s biggest mysteries. He previously confirmed that Episode VIII will reveal the identity of Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) parents. In the first teaser released by Lucasfilm earlier this year, it was also hinted that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) no longer believes in the Jedi Order.
Of course, Disney issued a gag order for the cast and crew to avoid spoilers. However, it looks like one important information about the new movie was revealed in a comic book.
Mashable reported that Darth Vader #2 seems to give a hint at why Luke had to run away and hide from his own family and friends prior to the events of Episode VII. According to the site, Emperor Palpatine asked Darth Vader to create a new Sith Lightsaber, but that would require him to fight a Jedi and take his kyber crystal. After the massacre of Order 66, finding a Jedi to fight and defeat has become a little challenging.
In the comics, Vader searched for Jedi who has taken the “Barash Vow,” a practice in which the Jedi had to exile himself from the Order and completely disengage from anything except the Force as an act of penance.
If this sounds familiar, that is because Luke might have taken the Barash Vow following Ben Solo’s (Adam Driver) alliance with Supreme Leader Snoke. The Jedi hid to Ahch-To, the site of the first Jedi Temple, and removed its location from every map.
Luke-Rey Connection Confirmed?
The site also pointed out that the new information gives credibility to the on-going theory that Rey is Luke’s daughter. If the Jedi had a Barash Vow in order to make penance for what happened to his nephew and the few other Force-sensitive individuals he trained in his own Jedi academy, he could not take Rey to his self-exile because he had to disengage with everything, including his family. Many years later, they met again in Ahch-To and, as they say, the rest is history.
Many are convinced that Luke is Rey’s father. In fact, earlier this month, SportsInsight (via ComicBook.com) found a betting market centered on Rey’s parentage and the reigning theory is that she is a Skywalker.
After all, Luke’s lightsaber called out to Rey when she, together with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Finn (John Boyega), were inside Maz Kanata’s castle. She was also shown Vader and Luke as well as her own past and future.
However, some think that Rey as a Skywalker would be a twist everyone could see coming from a mile away. Other theories claim that the new protagonist is a descendant of other Jedi who previously appeared in the franchise like Obi-Wan Kenobi or Qui-Gon Jinn.
Hopefully, if Rey is indeed Luke’s daughter, the conversation would not be similar to Empire Strikes Back. Johnson, in a previous interview, promised that his new movie will not be anything like Episode V.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi also stars Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tan, Billie Lourd, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Carrie Fisher. The movie will be released on Dec. 15.
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