“So, you have a twin sister. Your feelings have now betrayed her, too. Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me. Now his failure is complete. If you will not turn to the Dark Side… then perhaps SHE will…” – Darth Vader, ROTJ (1983)
My wife, who is an absolute GENIUS when it comes to plot and characterization, has come up with a Star Wars theory that just blew me away. That theory finds some tantalising confirmation in the opening crawl of The Force Awakens:
“Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister FIRST ORDER has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed. With the support of the REPUBLIC, General Leia Organa leads a brave RESISTANCE. She is desperate to find her brother Luke and gain his help in restoring peace and justice to the galaxy. Leia has sent her most daring pilot on a secret mission to Jakku, where an old ally has discovered a clue to Luke’s whereabouts…”
Our theory is simply this: General Leia Organa is Supreme Leader Snoke. That is why she is “desperate to find her brother Luke and gain his help in restoring peace and justice to the galaxy.” In reality General Organa is hunting down Luke Skywalker. This hypothesis completely transforms the Original Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) – and Princess Leia’s significance within the whole saga.
I’ll just leave it at that for now…