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Like Father, Like Son? Why ‘The Last Jedi’ May Have a Dark Twist for Luke Skywalker

We’ve already received some pretty strong hints that Star Wars: The Last Jedi may be a major game-changer for the franchise. Since taking over, Disney has done everything they can to let the general public know that they 100% own the direction in which the Star Wars universe is moving. Knowing that Disney isn’t afraid to take the movie out into left field, we’re left to wonder what, exactly, Disney is planning for Episode VIII.

One prominent idea is that it may surprise fans with Luke Skywalker turning against the Jedi and embracing the dark side of the Force. While Luke may not exactly be a Sith Lord, we wanted to explore a few clues suggesting that he may have turned to the dark side in The Last Jedi.

1. Return of the Jedi already hinted at it

Luke Skywalker performs the 'Force Choke' on two guards

Luke Skywalker performs the 'Force Choke' on two guards Was Luke Skywalker performing his father’s famous Force Choke in The Return of the Jedi? | LucasFilm

If you’re a Star Wars fan and never noticed this, you weren’t paying close enough attention. Luke wears all black throughout the entire course of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. When he enters Jabba’s palace near the beginning of the film, he uses the force to choke one of the guards. He was tempted to succumb to the dark side of the Force and kill the Emperor. And at the end, it was his anger that helped him overpower Darth Vader.

Now, we know that from there Luke tossed aside his lightsaber and claimed to be a Jedi, like his father before him. But Yoda’s words from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back paint a clear image of what was happening: “Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you, it will.”

Return of the Jedi dropped some major hints that Luke would continue to battle the dark side beyond his confrontation with the Emperor.

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