ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at Creators.co
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Kit Simpson Browne

So, Star Wars. When it comes to provoking massive over-excitement, there's really nothing in the world that can match it - and in the aftermath of that awesome new trailer, that's doubly true.

Star Wars Episode VII, though, is still more than a year away - and there's a finite amount of information anyone can draw from a trailer that's only 88 seconds long.

And, so, it's time to take a look back to a slightly longer time ago in that galaxy far, far away - all the way to the original trilogy (and beyond). After all, there's a whole lot of awesome hiding in there.

Like, for instance, a fan theory that might just completely change how you see one of the series' iconic characters...

R2-D2 Was A Rebel All Along

He's kind of a big deal.
He's kind of a big deal.

Specifically, Artoo was a rebel at the very beginning of A New Hope - before even meeting Luke - and had been ever since the end of Revenge of the Sith.

It goes a little something like this...

Artoo Wasn't Memory Wiped After Darth Vader's Rise

That's just not how he rolls...
That's just not how he rolls...

Which means - unlike C-3PO - he remembered everything about the fall of the Republic, and the rise of the Empire - and watched as his old ally Anakin Skywalker turned to the dark side.

In the following years, Artoo - who obviously remembers his old friend Obi Wan Kenobi - and knows that he's still alive - works alongside Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan to do what they can to fight back against the Empire. That fight eventually becomes the Rebellion.

And, so, as the Rebellion's longest-serving agent...

Artoo Had the Death Star Plans All Along

Not that he'd brag about it.
Not that he'd brag about it.

That iconic opening scene, where we saw Princess Leia - Bail's adopted daughter - give him the plans? He totally already had them - she was just recording a personal message to Obi Wan Kenobi, since she was no longer going to be able to reach him.

After all, why would Leia trust such a fundamentally important set of plans to a droid, unless that droid had long since proven his usefulness - and why would Bail put his own adopted daughter in unnecessary jeopardy, by giving her the plans to hold, when there was a much safer and more experienced agent traveling with her?

Artoo's arrival on Tatooine, then, is completely intentional - as is he and Threepio's capture by the Jawas. Artoo negotiates with the Jawas for their transport to be close to where Obi Wan lives - and then pointedly ends up in the hands of Luke Skywalker.

The crucial part there?

Artoo Would Have Known Who Luke Skywalker Was

"Luke...I knew your father..."
"Luke...I knew your father..."

Or, rather, he would almost certainly have known that Obi Wan had spirited away Leia's twin brother - and that, since Obi Wan was on Tatooine, they most likely were too. Add in the fact that Luke still had his father's surname, and it seems pretty certain that Artoo knew exactly who he'd stumbled into (whether intentionally or not).

So, knowing that Luke is Anakin's son - and that he's therefore probably as useful to the Rebellion as Obi Wan - Artoo then heads off to find the Jedi master, knowing that either Luke will follow, or he and Obi Wan can return for him later.

Obi Wan Clearly Knows Artoo

Clearly they vacationed together...
Clearly they vacationed together...

And, when he, Luke and Threepio are all back in Obi Wan's cave? Not only does Obi Wan greet him by calling him "my little friend," but then, when asked outright if he owns him - which he basically does - he says:

"I don't seem to remember owning a droid."

Which is clearly a cue to Artoo to maintain their secret - possibly in part because...

C-3PO Was Completely in the Dark

And he sure looks it.
And he sure looks it.

Having had his memory wiped - and therefore not remembering that he was built by Darth Vader himself - Threepio clearly hasn't been granted the same level of trust as Artoo. So, throughout the original trilogy, he finds himself dragged along on a great adventure - not by Luke, or Leia, or Han, but by R2-D2, who clearly has a lot more faith in him than everyone else in the entire universe.

It's never made clear why.
It's never made clear why.

Which, to be fair, you can't really blame them for - after all, Obi Wan and Bail Organa know full well that C-3PO was originally owned by their mortal enemy Darth Vader. You'd have to imagine they'd be at least a little suspicious of him being a potential security leak.

R2-D2, though?

Artoo Was the Driving Force Behind the Whole of A New Hope

Not bad for a bucket of bolts...
Not bad for a bucket of bolts...

And, crucially, wasn't just the only rebel agent trusted enough by Bail Organa to continue the vital rebel mission - he then became, with the deaths of Bail and Obi Wan, the last one (the as-yet unrevealed Yoda aside) keeping the secret of Luke and Leia's parentage.

Which means it's not all that much of a surprise that he then spends the majority of The Empire Strikes Back keeping an eye on Luke - or that he's wary of Yoda training him to be a Jedi, having already seen his father turn to the dark side.

The Only Problem?

The Expanded Universe Debunks the Theory

Not pictured: a debunking ceremony.
Not pictured: a debunking ceremony.

After all, a whole lot of Expanded Universe stuff completely contradicts several aspects of the theory - especially in the novels.

The thing is, though...

The Expanded Universe is Gone

Just like Alderaan.
Just like Alderaan.

And, in its place? The original trilogy, the prequels, the newer animated series', and whatever is published from now on. One of the most notable new shows that is now totally canon - and set to rewrite the old Expanded Universe completely - is Star Wars Rebels.

And, as it just so happens...

Star Wars Rebels Totally Just Confirmed the Theory

"AHEM."
"AHEM."

And when I say confirmed the theory, I mean that way back in the series' second episode 'Droids in Distress,' the show's crew deliver R2-D2 and C-3PO, who they found hanging around an Imperial operation, back to none other than Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan.

Who, after sending Threepio away (because he can't be trusted, remember), turns to Artoo, and affectionately says:

"You recorded everything old friend? Good. We'll focus on the Imperials later. For now...show me what you have on your...Rebels."
It's less flirtatious than that makes it sound.
It's less flirtatious than that makes it sound.

So, Artoo is clearly a trusted friend and confidante of Bail Organa, as well as the Senator's agent and spy - but there's more:

From the sounds of it, Artoo wasn't just a rebel from the very beginning - he very much helped to found the Rebellion in the first place.

And that, my friends? That is now full, sheer, completely unadulterated Star Wars canon.

Someone should probably buy Artoo a drink...

What do you guys think, though?

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via fantheories.wikia.com

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