Okay, the thread on the lightsaber duel got me thinking about The Empire Strikes Back, where Luke and Vader have their first confrontation in Bespin City.
Vader engages in a round of “see what the kid can do” and “try to lure him over”, and then we get to the climax scene where Vader tries to sucker in Luke to join him, and reveals the truth of their relationship.
Now, we know that Vader is Emperor Palpatine’s lap dog - a viscious rottweiler for anyone else, but lapdog to the big boss. And we know Palpy sent Vader on a mission to turn Luke and bring him back to Palpy to become a new apprentice.
But Vader tells Luke he has a plan, to go back and the two of them conquer the Emperor and rule as Father and Son.
So… does he really mean it? Did he really meet Luke, decide the kid really does have some skill, and decide that this is his chance to finally step out of Palpatine’s shadow and take over - like a good Sith Lord, always looking for the angle for his own personal advancement?
Or is that just a ruse, a story fed to Luke to play on Luke’s emotions and ambitions (that he assumes Luke has), but really he is just fulfilling the mission he was assigned, to return a corrupted Luke to the Emperor?
Do we have any way to know? What do you think?