Before I begin let me just say, please try to keep an open mind. Because most of you will become defensive while taking in the information I am going to be presenting. So just try to keep a lid on it.
The Star Wars Mythology
The Star Wars films (prequels included) ultimately lead up to Vader destroying the Sith and bringing peace to the galaxy because of it. But when you really think about it, the whole notion of "destroying the Sith" doesn't logically hold up. Even and especially in Star Wars' own universe and understanding.
So in Episode 1, Qui Gon Jinn senses that Anakin is the Chosen One. Now we aren't really told directly what exactly being the Chosen One means. The Jedi council explain that...
"You refer to the prophecy of the one who will bring balance to the Force. You believe it's this....boy?"
But they still don't really explain what any of it means in greater detail or who or where this prophecy came from. Or how exactly do you bring balance to the Force. It's explained in the books, but I shouldn't have to read the books to comprehend the movies. Though later it's explained in greater detail.
"Is he not to destroy the Sith and bring balance to the Force?"
So now we know what they were talking about...In the third movie. Took you long enough, Lucas. Anyway, so then some stuff happens...the Jedi are killed and Anakin pledges his allegiance to Palpatine as long as he will be shown the power he will need to save his wife, Padme, from dying in childbirth.
But then Palpatine says this...
"To cheat death is the power only one has achieved, but if we work together, I know we can discover the secret."
But he never said it was a secret. He basically told Anakin straight up that once you use the dark side to such a degree, that you're powerful enough to achieve that power.
"Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith so powerful and so wise, he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create...life. He had such a knowledge of the Dark Side, he could even keep the ones he cared about...from dying."
So why is Anakin buying what this guy is selling?! I mean this guy did embellish facts similar to a car salesman embellishing how smooth a certain car will run to get a sale. Anakin then goes and kills a bunch of people for the Emperor. Shouldn't he be saying..."How is killing the separatists helping me save Padme? Why are we killing them? What do they have to do with any of this?" Also it's implied that Darth Plagueis created Anakin through his power for the sole purpose of evil or whatnot. I guess that plan didn't go so well for them in the end, did it?
In order to cut some time down, here's my problem with the prophecy: the Dark Side Extends Beyond Palpatine.
In the prequels it was established that if you were bad, your name was Darth and you had a red lightsaber blade. Even characters who were once Jedi could and would become Sith and users of the Dark Side. So does simply killing off Palpatine really END the Sith? I mean, yeah the Emperor was the most powerful of the Sith and up there beside Yoda on the power scale of the use of the Force, but is he really the end all be all of the Dark Side? The answer is: NO. Not when you take into consideration Kylo Ren. We have yet to know much about him. But one thing we can presume based on substantial evidence is that he wasn't trained by the Emperor or other Sith lords. You know, cause they all died beforehand.
So does Vader throwing the Emperor down a mine shaft really end the Sith? I guess not. The prophecy doesn't work in the universe it is set in or just for the sake of logic. Think differently? Let your thoughts be known in the comments below.
May The Force Be With You. Always.
So a lot of you are saying that Kylo Ren is in fact not a Sith but a member of a cult known as the Knights of Ren which use the Dark Side of the Force. My response to this statement, which is true by the way, is this.
Once you start using a side of the Force, (which has been established in the previous films that it originally took training and skill to use and now also counting in the mida-chlorian point), you can pretty much call a user of the Force a Jedi or a Sith, since in the films they are the only ones to utilize the Force. In my opinion, basing my knowledge only off of the six films, if you use the Light Side of the Force, you're a Jedi. If you use the Dark Side of the Force, you're a Sith. The movies don't really leave any room for in between use of the Force. You either use it for unfathomable good or unspeakable evil. Not just for kicks. Since it would appear that the Knights of Ren are using it for Evil, in my eyes, that makes them carryovers of the Sith. Just my opinion.