A fan theory has surfaced online that, if true, completely changes the entire plot of the Star Wars saga. It's not quite as poetic as the original story, but here goes nothing...
So we know Luke Skywalker was a tenacious young Jedi-in-training who helped defeat the Galactic Empire in the Galactic Civil War and eventually helped found the New Republic, as well as the New Jedi Order.
But what if his character took on an even greater significance?
Is Luke the center of "the force"?
The theory, posted to Reddit by Maniac Dan, goes that,
"The goal of all the characters in the first 3 movies (4-6) is to die just after making eye contact with Luke."
"That's the entire point of "the force." If you make eye contact with Luke within seconds of your death, you go to heaven (or get the Jedi ghost body)."
Did you follow that? Basically, what he means is that the goal is not to die, but to make sure you're looking at Luke when you do.
It seems far-fetched, but he offers this breakdown as evidence...
The death of Obi-Wan in Episode IV: A New Hope
"Obi-Wan invades the death star, avoiding tens of thousands of well trained soldiers like they were confused toddlers. He engages the dark lord of the with and is clearly winning. His friends are going to escape and he's within sprinting distance of their vehicle. He turns, looks right at Luke, smiles, and gives up. Boom - Jedi ghost body."
The death of Yoda in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
"Obi-Wan tells Luke to go give Yoda the magical ghost body. Luke does a lot of bullshit 'training' while Yoda sits around waiting for old age to claim him. When Luke goes out to Cloud City to rescue his friends, Yoda tells him he cannot leave yet. Why? Because his training isn't finished. But then we go to Jedi. Luke returns to Yoda to complete his training, and what does Yoda say?: his training was already complete. Yoda then dies, right in front of Luke. Boom - Jedi Ghost body."
The death of Darth Vader in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
"Finally Luke is captured and taken to the emperor, who goads Luke repeatedly in an attempt to have Luke kill him. Vader at one point lets his reflexes get the best of him and stops the emperor's one and only chance at a ghost body. Angry, the emperor decides that if he can't have a magical ghost body, no one can. He proceeds to murder Luke. Vader, seeing his last chance at a magical ghost body go up in smoke, grabs the emperor and tosses him down the infinite shaft, well of "Luke-death" range. Then, what's Vader's last request? To have his helmet removed, so he can make eye contact with Luke as he dies. Boom. Jedi. Ghost. Body."