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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. PrincessLeiaCB3

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    Maybe we need a map of Tatooine lol. Young Anakin was living in Mos Espa and from what we learned about Luke he was living closer to Anchorhead and Mos Eisley. Aside of it, "Skywalker" might have been a common name.
     
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    Because George Lucas hadn't decided at that point to make Vader Luke's father, despite him later claiming otherwise. This is why Obi Wan explains that Darth Vader killed Luke's father. It wasn't "a certain point of view," Lucas simply hadn't decided to go with the Vader father route then.
     
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    Even if your last name is Kim, that does not mean you are a relative of Kim Jong Un.
     
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    Simple, Lucas wrote the story on the fly and Luke wasn't Vader's kid.
     
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    Basically. Lucas changed a lot as he was writing, despite the fact that it didn't always make sense given what had already been said. Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker originally were separate characters, Leia was not Luke's sister, and Luke would spend the Sequels looking for his real sister, Uncle Owen was Obi-wan's brother, and at some point Lucas was toying with the idea that Obi-wan and Luke's then-unnamed mother had an affair, and that the discovery helped push Anakin to the Dark Side, leading to some doubts on Vader's part about Luke's parentage.
     
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    There is the "in hindsight" theory that makes it make sense. It always bothered me after all that reveal and all that background added that it couldn't be more obvious with sending Luke to basically Anakin's stepbrother, on his home planet, with the same last name, in case even Darth Vader showed up, even with hating sand. I know he goes in the comics after he learns of Luke's idenity. I doubt he would ever even decide to go visit the Lars family after going full Sith anyway, and he didn't know his children lived. They made it look like she died with the babies still in there. Obi Wan was nearby Luke, and would know he was there, if he did find out. It could have been looked at as a baited situation. Right under his nose in the Senate, is Luke's twin sister, in Vader's clutches more than once, with a different identity and everything, anonymous and protected. Plain sight could be a good way to hide someone, as well as the way that Leia was hid. I am sure too that Skywalker was a common name there, look at some of the other names of his friends. Of course, it was because it was written before it was all plotted out, but it can be made to make sense, in creative ways.
     
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    I don't know if it's canon or not, but I think you need to have some sort of connection to somebody in order to sense them through the Force, or they have such a presence in the Force that anybody in tune with it can pick on them. Vader picks up on Obi-wan on the Death Star, but not Luke. He picks up on Luke when Luke uses the Force. By the time ESB rolls around, Vader knows who Luke is. He's discovered a commonality between them, which I imagine allows Vader to "tune in" on Luke. Hence how he knew that Luke was on Hoth.

    "But what about Leia?" you ask. I think Luke was starting to awaken Leia's Force potential a little after so much time in contact. Vader could sense a familiar presence on the Falcon. He probably figured it was Luke, but Luke wasn't on the Falcon. I wonder if some wheels started turning in his head about Leia at that point, hence why he ordered Leia brought to his ship.
     
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    Yeah, Leia wasn't really using The Force very strongly anyway, so he wouldn't have felt it. I don't know how common it was for people to be able to avoid spilling secrets under the torture she endured on the Death Star, but I always thought that was a factor in hindsight, her strong possession of The Force.
     
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    But if Vader could sense that Luke was on Hoth, how come he didn't realize Luke wasn't on the Falcon? Unless he knew, and chasing the Falcon was to use them as bait all along.
     
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    This is how I understand it. Vader wanted Luke's friends so he could bait Luke into coming after them.
     
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    It would certainly be in character. I like how Vader's comic is emphasizing him as both a physical powerhouse and a deviously cunning schemer.
     
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    Yes, exactly, Vader knew that Luke's posse (people he cared about, his baggage) were associated with the Falcon.
     
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    They Didn’t Need To, Obi-Wan Knew That Even If Anakin Survived Their Duel (Which We Know He Did) He Would Never Go Back To Tattooine Because He Has So Many Bad Memories There (Shmi’s Death, Slaughtering The Tusken Raiders, Watto, Sand Etc.).
     
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    I like this theory a lot - but that quote is actually from ROTJ.
     
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    Wasn't it revealed in a novel that Obi-Wan thought Anakin had died on Mustafar, until he discovered some time later that the latter had survived?
     
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    I don't even think you need a novel to know that. It's very strongly implied by ROTS.
     
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    Because Lucas did not plan ahead and only made them father and son while writing the second movie.
     
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    Technically Luke only identifies himself as “Skywalker” after meeting Obi-Wan. He could have been calling himself ‘Luke Lars’ up to that point. We don’t know. Biggs, his hometown friend, hears him called “Skywalker” and doesn’t seem to find it weird, but that’s not the craziest thing ever.
     
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    Yes, But I Said Even IF He Survived Their Duel, Plus, The Thing In The Quotation Marks Was Supposed To Mean That WE, THE FANS, Knew He Survived, Either Way, Obi-Wan Was Keeping An Open Mind About Anakin’s Survival.

     
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    Or it's possible that Owen had no interest in giving Luke his name.

    I found it odd that Luke's reaction to Obi-Wan's death was a lot more emotional than his reaction to the deaths of Owen and Beru. And I think by this time, Luke regarded his step-uncle as a barrier to leaving the farm.
     
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