Posted on Monday, February 9th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
Last week, we told you about a new rumor regarding Domhnall Gleeson and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It was interesting and intriguing, but we left it at that. Since then, the rumor has begun to pick up steam online and the more I think about it, the more I want to discuss it. If it’s true, it’s a game changer the likes of which Star Wars has never seen. Which is why I don’t think it’s true. Below, read about the Domhnall Gleeson Star Wars rumor.
Suffice to say, everything below is speculative but should be consider a massive spoiler if true. Fair warning.
The rumor in question originated at Making Star Wars. It claims that Domhnall Gleeson’s role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an Imperial Officer who defected from the Rebel Alliance when he learned of some nefarious plans the Rebels had. That part makes sense. A lot of sense, especially because he then becomes the ying to the yang of Finn (John Boyega), who is reportedly an Imperial Stormtrooper who defects the other way. Plus, it’s backed up by a few other plot rumors.
Here’s the part that worries me. The rumor says Gleeson’s Imperial Officer is also the son of Luke Skywalker. Yes, the actor looks like Mark Hamill but let’s step back for a minute. We know one of the key components to being a Jedi is not taking on any relationships. That’s almost wholly the reason Anakin Skywalker ended up going to the Dark Side. He was so crazy in love with his wife, Padme, he’d literally do anything to save her. Which ended up including killing kids and more. Yoda, Obi-Wan and the rest of the Jedi masters teach that this is not okay.
So you’re telling me that, a few years after Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker just blows up everything he’s worked so hard to achieve? He meets a girl and rejects eons of Jedi tradition just when he’s defeated the Sith and brought balance to the Force? He takes the teachings of his mentors and flushes them down the toilet? I don’t buy it. He’s the New Hope after all, the Jedi that will bring the Jedi back to power, or so we thought. If he has a son, it makes little sense.
Then again, what if this is true? I don’t think it is but, just in case, let’s break this down. It means that Luke Skywalker fell in love and had a son while being a Jedi. Who is this woman? Where is she now? These are big questions. It also would mean he’s susceptible to the Dark Side, like his father before him. Connections like a son and a wife/girlfriend/love are not the Jedi way. If this is true, it’s a sure fire clue that Luke Skywalker’s honor will not be intact through The Force Awakens, or maybe the Sequel Trilogy.
Skywalker potentially having a son is a rich, thematic playground. It could set up some major strands in the narrative and begins floating the idea that the Jedi way – the Light Side – is all but impossible to sustain. Maybe that’s a statement about this new generation rejecting tradition. A way for J.J. Abrams to push Star Wars into a murky moral grey area reflecting our modern times. Maybe. Then again, this is Star Wars and adhering to the rules and respecting the Original Trilogy is usually paramount.
Basically, either this rumor of Gleeson being the new son of Skywalker is total crap or it’s the clue of clues letting everyone know what to expect both the Original Trilogy characters in this movie and overall in the Sequel Trilogy. Could Luke Skywalker turn to the dark side? Could he sacrifice himself for his son? These things seem possible but I believe it undermines the integrity of what was achieved in the Original Trilogy. What do you think about the Domhnall Gleeson Star Wars rumors?Cool Posts From Around the Web: