Since the final trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (one of the most anticipated movies EVER) was released, it has been breaking the internet with people flocking to book their tickets in advance. And that means, it's theory time!!
The internet is full of fan theories as people eagerly await the movie, finally getting to know what is going to happen after the events of Episode 6, nearly 32 years later! However, this particular theory is not connected to Episode 7, but to Episodes 4-6. Ready? You see...
Anakin Skywalker's transformation into Darth Vader was part of the plan to bring balance to the Force
According to Redditor Sande24, who makes an extremely convincing argument. In case you are not aware of the prophecy, this is how it goes:
In the time of greatest despair, a child shall be born, who will destroy the Sith and bring balance to the Force.
In Episode 3, Anakin Skywalker completed his transformation to the dark side by first killing Count Dooku, Darth Sidious' old apprentice, then helping Sidious in killing Mace Windu in a surge of emotions. One thing you might have noticed is that Windu didn't look too surprised with his actions, all because it was a part of the plan.
After realising what he had done, Anakin saw the path he had to take to fulfil his destiny. Anyway, he was renamed "Darth Vader", and in order to prove that he was truly ready to become a Sith, he was ordered to commit a horrible act - to murder the children in the Jedi Temple.
He had to continue to earn the Emperor's trust. The Emperor was extremely skilled in reading others' thoughts, and therefore, Vader had to learn to conceal his thoughts and emotions. He also needed to convince Obi-Wan of it, and therefore, had to fight him. However, he lost, and suffered severe burns in addition to the loss of his limbs as well, which caused him to shift to a suit built for him.
~20 Years pass, as we enter Episode 4. He is seemingly a fully fledged Sith, however, is slowly destroying The Empire from within. Just count how many high ranking officials he "force-choked" the life out of. Perfectly good and capable officers make a small mistake, and BOOM, they're gone. Its almost as if Vader was looking for an excuse.
Then he comes face to face with Obi-Wan again, and this time, he lets Vader kill him, as he understood what must be done. This serves to make Luke stronger, as he learns to cope with grief and loss.
Come Episode 5, Vader is still on his killing spree of Imperial Officers and replacing them with newer ones, which is weakening them slowly, while simultaneously trying to protect Luke from the Emperor. He also reveals his true identity to Luke, so he must conquer his fears and move on, stronger than ever.
Vader knows that he cannot defeat the Emperor alone, and needs Luke to be in full control of himself, so that he does not get manipulated into doing something he would later regret.
With the constant motivations of "Obi-Wan taught you well", he continued to provide him with guidance to make Luke Skywalker stronger than he ever imagined.
All of the "training" by Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi came in handy while fighting the Emperor. Vader sacrificed his life in order to kill him, finally bringing balance to the Force, with the destruction of the Sith, as well as the Jedi (Luke is semi-trained, not a fully fledged one).
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