[Editor’s Note: This article was obviously written before ‘The Force Awakens’ was released. We now know the true identity of Kylo Ren, but feel free to read our baseless speculation from 2015!]
In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new Star Wars movie coming out this month featuring the return of the original cast. But with each new trailer and movie poster that gets released, a growing mystery seems to be gripping the internet — where the hell is Luke Skywalker?
Thus far, the promotional material has revealed very little. All we know is that Kylo Ren is a mysterious Sith-looking character with a fancy looking lightsaber. Could it be that he’s actually the dark side version of Luke Skywalker, still on a quest to bring balance to the force after the rebels’ decisive victory in Return of the Jedi? Read on and see if you’re persuaded by this crazy (but convincing) argument.
8. Luke Once Turned to the Dark Side in the Expanded Universe
Lucasfilm has officially stated that all previously released Expanded Universe works would be re-branded under the new Star Wars Legends banner and considered non-canon but back in 1991, Dark Horse Comics published a series of Star Wars comics called Dark Empire. In it, Luke falls to the dark side and helps a cloned version of the Emperor chase Leia across the galaxy in an attempt to steal the mysterious Jedi Holocron, an artifact so powerful it could give its possessor absolute control of the Force. It became one of their best selling Star Wars comic arcs and also featured the return of Boba Fett, another absent character many fans are speculating will make a comeback in the new movie. Although the new film isn’t beholden to old Expanded Universe storylines, there’s still a possibility the plot for The Force Awakens will have something to do with Luke being drawn away from the light side, requiring his friends to go and bring him back.