Luke Skywalker Won’t Be Evil in The Force Awakens

As the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie approaches, fans everywhere have begun speculating both the plot of the movie, and the role of series hero Luke Skywalker.

Mark Hamill’s character is strangely vacant in trailers (minus a robotic hand we assume is his) and in promotional posters. Of course, missing a big name in the series is going to get people talking.

Since this is a J.J. Abrams film, most people expect there to be some sort of twist. The lack of the male Skywalker, plus a comment voiced by Hamill himself, makes people think that Skywalker will be evil, maybe even Kylo Ren himself. It just won’t happen though people. He isn’t going to be evil. 

Jedi Aren’t Perfect

Luke SkywalkerThe most common argument for Luke to become evil is that by the end of Return of the Jedi, he had shown signs of turning to the dark side. It was even talked about while writing the script and directing the film that Luke should turn evil at the end. George Lucas though decided on a happier ending with the defeat of the Sith.  

People view Luke’s actions as somebody making the journey towards the dark side. He tries to use the force to persuade Jabba the Hutt to give up Han Solo, lies on several occasions, and uses his anger when attacking the Emperor and defeating Vader.

We have to remember that Jedi aren’t perfect. So obviously, people can come back from the dark side if they realize the error of their ways. For example, Obi-Wan was pretty emotional after Qui-Gon died while dueling Darth Maul, and there was definitely some anger in that fight. Obi-Wan was able to overcome that anger and became a very powerful Jedi.

Originally, Jedi were diplomats and ambassadors whose goal was achieving peace. To accomplish that goal, Jedi were trained in controlling their emotions. The Jedi Code highlighted this goal. The light side was the approach of non violence. That’s why they trained in mind manipulation and non-lethal abilities. They only trained in combat when negotiations broke down and they needed to defend themselves and innocents.

Luke never learned this side of the Jedi way because they needed action. Using anger in combat is useful, as seen in the movies, but being able to let go of that anger is what makes a Jedi. That’s why Obi-Wan didn’t become obsessed with revenge and hunting down the other Sith. He let go off his anger. Anakin was not able to, thus going down the path to the dark side.

Luke shows this skill of letting go at the end of Return of the Jedi by allowing Vader to live. A true sign of a Jedi Knight. He clearly has the skill, so having him become evil doesn’t align with what we have seen already.

Luke isn’t Kylo Ren

Many claim that Star Wars has a theme, where Jedi fall from grace and become a villain in the next film. Anakin became Darth Vader, so that must mean Luke will become Kylo Ren.

The problem with this idea is Luke’s skillset. Luke doesn’t have the characteristics of a good leader, and Kylo Ren is clearly leading thousands of troops. Not clones programmed to fight, but real humans with their own thoughts and opinions, in need of a strong leader.

While Luke is decent at leading a small team of fighter pilots, it has never been his role to lead. That role falls to Leia. She leads the rebellion and she’s the one making the plans. Luke never delegates jobs, he does it himself, plus he has never been the most charismatic of the crew. He just isn’t a leader, he is a fighter.

It’s A Trap!

MarkHamillAs stated before, many are looking for a big twist because of the director, J.J. Abrams. This man is a firm believer in keeping movies a mystery, and that a good movie surprises us. Yet the fact that everybody has this big theory about Luke being evil is why it won’t be true. Remember, this man created Lost and the new Star Trek movies. He knows how to use smokescreens.

To distract us from the plot of Star Trek: Into Darkness, he lied about Benedict Cumberbatch being Khan. He also created false rumors, and even went so far as to edit promo clips to say Cumberbatch was a different character named Harrison.

So why would he be fine with Mark Hamill making a comment about a big secret he’s keeping? Because it’s a smokescreen and Hamill is in on it! Everybody is expecting something big with Luke, so we watch the whole movie waiting for it, when we get blindsided by something different! This is all an elaborate bait and switch.

There will definitely be some big twist, but we won’t know until we see the movie ourselves.

What do you think? Do you disagree and think Luke will be evil? Is a main character going to die in the new film? What is the big twist going to be? Let us know in the comments below.

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