As established, Anakin Skywalker, who would become
In the second film, The Empire Strikes Back,
Darth Vader Find Out Luke is His Son?
After the Empire’s defeat and destruction of the Death Star in A New Hope,
Star Wars experts could argue that Luke’s last name was the easy giveaway all along. Since Luke kept the name Skywalker,
The concrete evidence comes from an interaction between Vader and Emperor Palpatine in The Empire Strikes Back, as the Emperor says a “great disturbance in the force” reveals Luke as the new public enemy of the galaxy. Vader initially brushes it off, citing his youth as a lack of threat. However, Vader comes around to the idea of converting the new enemy, Luke, to the Dark Side because “he would make a great asset.”
Darth Vader Obsessed With Luke?
Aside from discovering Luke is Vader’s son, it’s important to look at the complex dynamic between Vader and Luke that gets developed in the original trilogy. Luke and Vader first become connected as Leia is captured by Vader for her role in contacting Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Leia asks for Luke’s help along with his team, including Han Solo, Chewbacca, and C3-PO.
As Vader kills Obi-Wan, Luke, Leia and Han Solo escape, despite Vader’s tracking device on their ship that allowed the Empire to discover the secret base set up by the Rebel Alliance. Vader’s obsession really begins because of the Death Star’s inability to stop the Rebel Alliance, as Luke leads a critical attack on Vader aboard the Millennium Falcon. The Empire’s station was destroyed, but Vader survives the attack, although Luke took the victory.
The official Star Wars website goes into great detail and answers why Vader became set on finding and destroying Luke while discovering the family connection they both share. Vader sets up droids all over the galaxy to find Rebel bases in search of Luke. Once again, Luke and the rest of the Alliance manage to escape. While pursuing Luke, Vader discovers through his spies, namely Boba Fett and Emperor Palpatine that
While Luke, Leia, and Han find solace on Cloud City, Boba Fett put together a trap behind the scenes that led the trio to face
The first time Luke and Vader battle showcase Vader’s ultimate power of the Dark Side onto Luke. It creates an imbalanced power dynamic between father and son. Instead of a tender moment where Vader reveals Luke’s true parental upbringing, the news that Vader is Luke’s father is presented with malice and an ulterior motive – to bring Luke to the Dark Side.
Needing to Bring Luke to the Dark Side
Because Luke had defeated the Empire once before, Vader knows that the Empire is not the strongest establishment in the galaxy, even with their strong intuition with the Force. During The Empire Strikes Back, Luke is characterized as a naive, easily influenced, and emotional Jedi in training, as he takes the news of Vader being his father with anger and fear. Luke goes against Vader by turning down his offer of the Dark Side.
None of this stops Vader from bringing his son to the Dark Side. A motivator could be because Anakin never knew who his father was. However, now that Luke know the truth about Vader being his father, the young hero’s motivations change very quickly in The Return of the Jedi. While Vader supervises the construction of the second Death Star, Luke holds onto faith that his father hasn’t gone completely evil. Giving Luke his motivation to bring Vader out from the Dark Side.
As it would turn out, Vader’s saturation into evil and the Dark Side was irreversible, as Yoda and Obi-Wan warned Luke that Vader had to be defeated to bring peace back into the galaxy. Luke figures out Vader’s obsession and true intentions to himself, leading to another intense fight.
In fact, Vader’s obsession with Luke was worthwhile, since he did convince Luke to give in to his feelings of hate, anger, and fear when battling each other. Because these feelings arose, Luke cuts off Vader’s hand and almost kills him on the spot. However, Vader’s obsession with Luke also stems from wanting a connection with his long lost son.
This connection shows itself as the Emperor taunts Luke to kill his father and take his place as the new Sith Lord of the Dark Side. Once again, Luke refuses and then is subject to torture that Vader has to witness. While Vader dies saving Luke from torture and death from the Emperor, the last moments of true compassion for Luke justify Vader’s obsession with him all along.
Conclusion: Vader’s Relationship With Luke and Leia
While many Star Wars fans point out the storyline of Luke and Leia being siblings and descendants of
There was also no way Luke and Leia could be immediately discovered as the children of
Leia had no reason to know that Vader was her father, other than to discover her capabilities as a potential Jedi. She was not happy to discover that she was the daughter of the leader of the Dark Side, but it led her to be trained by her brother Luke as a Jedi, strengthen her role as Senator.
Darth Vader’s unawareness of Leia as his daughter, but knowing that Luke was his son makes no sense in the story, but it does tie the prequels and the original trilogy together, just like George Lucas wanted to do.