Everyone knows that classic moment from The Empire Strikes Back: Luke Skywalker has just endured a grueling lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, who caps off lopping off the young Jedi's hand by revealing a terrible secret, declaring, "Luke, I am your father."
It forever defined the Star Wars legacy for some, right up there with the roguish charm of Han Solo and the timeless wisdom of Yoda. How could the prequels ever compare with that? Well, The Force Awakens may be taking a page from the original trilogy's playbook...
For months fans have endlessly speculated on the absence of Luke from the trailers. They began suspecting that he was secretly the masked Kylo Ren, who has already been announced as being portrayed by Adam Driver. But what if the truth is somewhere in the middle?
In a write-up for Entertainment Weekly, Ren is described this way by Driver: "[He] wasn't loved enough or felt betrayed."
Ironically, fans have been wondering about the lineages of two other characters, the so-far singular-named Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega). Rey could very easily be a Skywalker herself, or a Solo. Still, Ren would be by far the more intriguing twist. After all, we knew Anakin Skywalker by a different name originally, too.
In the films, unlike the many spinoff books and comics, Star Wars has always been a generational saga about the Skywalkers. The Force Awakens could very easily continue that tradition by revealing the Vader-obsessed Ren as, in fact, his grandson, and the estranged offspring of Luke.
The unseen hero of the original trilogy in all the released trailers could be hiding new scars from further tragedies. Or all this could be a further fever dream of a hopeless devotee. That would be appropriate, too...