britesparc said: Nerdy Star Wars question, sorry. You've said how Darth Vader's big arc happens between Star Wars & Empire - discovering who Luke is, etc - and this is your book’s focus. Sounds very exciting, really looking forward to it. But I re-watched the Empire special edition last night, and in it, Palpatine explicitly tells Vader who Luke is, as if this is new info for Vader. Is this being retconned? Are you acknowledging it? Are the “original” versions of the movies now official canon? Said it was nerdy!
I’m going to be quiet on the answer here, as I don’t want to show too much of my hand before the comic comes out, but your reading of the scene isn’t the only reading of the scene. There’s other stuff going on there.
One hefty bit of counter-evidence outside is actually the opening Theatrical Crawl of Empire. I quote: “The Evil Lord Darth Vader, obsessed with finding Young Skywalker…”
If you assume Vader knows before the Emperor tells him, that scene plays very differently.
OF COURSE Vader knows before Palpatine tells him.
"How is that possible" is the biggest case of faking it I’ve ever seen in my life and you can’t even see Vader’s face.