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Why didn't Owen and Beru or even Obi-Wan change Luke's last name?

Discussion in 'Original Trilogy' started by Lord Skywalker, Dec 28, 2015.

  1. Lord Skywalker

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    I thought it was strange that Luke was able to keep the "Skywalker" part of his name, you would think it would be a big risk for Luke or Leia to keep their birth surnames at risk of Vader or Palpatine finding them. Leia I can understand changing her last name from Skywalker to Organa to be a part of royalty, helps mask her true origins, but Luke Skywalker? It's kind of risky enough for him to be with Anakin's step-brother let alone with the Skywalker surname.

    Is there anything in the EU that explains why Owen and Beru kept Luke's original surname?
     
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    Luke was on a planet that had no Empire presence. Nobody was advertising Anakin Skywalker as being Darth Vader. Nobody was actively looking for his kids as they were thought to be dead by both Vader and Palpatine. Basically there was nobody looking for either one of them.


    Also:
    62868788.jpg :p
     
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    Why should they have changed his name? Only for us as the audience does the name Skywalker have a special ring but in the Star Wars Galaxy it could be a name as common as the likes of Shoemaker and others. For all we know there might be thousands if not millions of Skywalkers living in this galaxy.

    Which also reminds me: When is the first time in the film we actually do hear Luke "Skywalker"? IIRC when he meets Princess Leia for the first time, his friends at the Toshi Station called him "Wormie" and other than that it's just Luke.

    Then - maybe - he might have been officially registered as "Luke Lars".
     
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    Luke - I'm Luke Skywalker I'm here to rescue you

    that's when we officially hear the Skywalker name when he is rescuing Princess Leia. And yeah, I think they identified him as Luke Lars, but Skywalker still being *officially* his last name.

    Edit: I also think Skywalker is a tattooine tradition, Shmi Skywalker being the first official Skywalker since we don't have Shmi's parent's names at all.
     
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    Also Obi-Wan believed that Vader was dead for a time
     
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    That's actually kind of interesting to think of... Officially listed as a Lars, but in the family it's known that he's not. His use of the name for himself might have been more in rebellion against his uncle than anything.

    Or... heck, it's Tatooine. There might have not even been any records of him even existing, on the Lars homestead or anywhere.
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    Somewhat related to your question, I always wondered myself why they even let him know that he was not their son in the first place. I mean, they pretty much had him since birth, and it's not like they were popping out any kids of their own.
     
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    Because the PT wasn't written then.
     
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    I think its probably because more than one family had the Skywalker name and it's not that rare of a last name, I mean Shmi had to come from a larger family somewhere, right. Much like the Antilles last name, which is a common name that we see in Star Wars (Captain, Bail, Wedge), there may be other Skywalkers out there, who aren't tied to the story and are therefore not mentioned, deeming it unnecessary to hide his last name.

    But more likely George Lucas was making it up as he went so he never saw a need to hide Luke from Vader in Ep. IV.

    Also the galaxy is a big place, and kid Anakin wanted to be the first person to go to all of the planets so he probably wasn't too worried about what was happening on Tatooine while he was on his continued ventures through the galaxy as Darth Vader.
     
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    I want to believe that "Skywalker" isn't exclusive to the main character(s) of Star Wars and here are others that are spread throughout the Galaxy .
     
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    I want to believe that as well. Still... meeting Frank Skywalker who's just some regular Joe Shmoe would be kind of a letdown.
     
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    Joe Schmoewalker ?
     
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    Perhaps the Lars didn't regard Luke in the same manner that Queen Breha and Prince Bail Organa regarded Leia.
     
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    They meant as Anakin Skywalker who became Darth Vader. Mentioning Anakin was dead was basically accurate. The person Anakin became was no longer him.
     
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    I don't think Obi-Wan ever thought hat Anakin Skywalker could come back from THAT ! If you'd recall, Obi-Wan and Bail both state that their reasoning or hiding them was from THE EMPIRE and not from ANAKIN AKYWALKER/Vader...it wasn't until some time between ROTS and ANH that Anakin/Vader survived and became a robot as stated by what he told Luke Skywalker in ANH: "He's more machine than man...now."
     
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    Yup he does say that and thank you for completing my sentence AstromechRecords
     
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    I am a force sensitive so it was only natural...I guess my training is now complete .
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    Vader refused to step foot on the planet and there was no reason to go to the redneck, backwoods country of The Galaxy anymore ... JAKKU 1.0 .
     
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    Also, because we do know Anakin hated sand. Lol. So no motivation at all for him to go back to Tattoine.
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    Yeah, Uncle Owen seemed a d-bag. Aunt Beru at least seemed nice, but submissive.
     
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    It's just something we all have to overlook and make up reasons of our own to allow it to make sense.

    Does it bother me? Yes

    Can I make up reasons of my own? Yes

    Does it bother me after I make up reasons? Yes

    Can I forget about it knowing I have reasons that still bother me because I know it's just me making things up to defend Star Wars plot structure? Hell Yes
     
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    The reason Luke's name remained Skywalker is because Lucas probably didn't intend for Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader to be one and the same.

    As for Obi-Wan . . . he wouldn't have a say in the matter regarding Luke's surname.
     
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    This is a good observation. Anakin Skywalker was from there...was a slave...somewhat celebrity podracer (the only human that could do it)...subsequently freed...became a Jedi traveling the galaxy. You would that the possibility that someone might recognize the name would make Owen and Beru take steps to avoid such things. Another plot hole. :)
     
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