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How did Vader, who saved Luke, get him on the good side?

The short answer is: Because he sacrificed himself out of love for his son, who had just spared his life when he was defeated and helpless.

For the full answer, we need to start with a little background.

As Luke prepares to surrender to Vader, he stops telling Leia the good news ("I'm your brother!") And the bad news ("Vader is our father!"):

LUKE: Then you know why I have to face him.

Leia: No! Luke, run away, far away! If he can sense your presence, then leave this place! I wish I could go with you

LUKE: No you don't. You have always been strong.

Leia: But why do you have to confront him?

LUKE: Because there is something good in him.I felt it. He won't hand me over to the emperor. I can save him.I can get him back on the good side. I have to try [kisses Leia on the cheek and then leaves]

Luke finds an Imperial soldier and surrenders; He's taken to Vader, but the family reunion doesn't go quite as Luke planned:

Darth Vader: The Kaiser was expecting you.

Luke Skywalker: I know, father.

Vader: So you accepted the truth.

LUKE: I accepted the truth that you were once Anakin Skywalker, my father.

Vader: [angry reply] That name doesn't mean anything to me anymore.

LUKE: It's the name of your true self. You just forgot. I know it's good in you The emperor did not completely drive it away from you.
[steps to the side of the passage, away from Vader]
That's why you couldn't destroy me. That's why you're not taking me to your emperor now.

Vader: [inspecting Luke's lightsaber] I see you've built a new lightsaber. Your skills are complete. Indeed, you are powerful, as the emperor foresaw.

LUKE: Come with me.

Vader: Obi-Wan once thought like you. You don't know the power of the dark side! I got to obey my master. 1

LUKE: Your thoughts give you away, father. I feel the good in you, the conflict.

Vader: There is no conflict.

LUKE: You couldn't bring yourself to kill me before and I don't think you will destroy me now.

Vader: You underestimate the power of the dark side. If you don't fight, your destiny will meet.

LUKE: I won't turn around ... and you will be forced to kill me.

Vader: If that's your destiny.

LUKE: Find your feelings, father. You can't do that. I feel the conflict in you Let go of your hatred!

Vader: It's too late for me, my son. 2 The emperor will show you the true nature of power. He is your master now.

LUKE: Then my father is really dead.

There are two crucial lines here, but they are very easy to miss:

1 Vader's choice of words here is important. He says, "You don't know the power of the dark side. Me got to obey my master! "Why is this important? Because it means that Vader Palpatine disobeys because he likes him or because he wants to. He obeys because the dark side is too powerful to resist. He is trapped .

2 Again, when Luke says, "Let go of your hate!", Vader doesn't say, "No way! Hate is the best thing ever, and I love it!" He says, rather sadly, "It is too late for me, my son. The emperor will show you the true nature of power. He is your master now." This gives me the impression that:

  • Vader regrets becoming a Sith. He doesn't like being Vader. He feels that his bad choices in the past have doomed him to stay angry and if he had the opportunity he would go back and do things differently.

  • When Vader leave the emperor's service could If he would, but he believes that he is not strong enough to make it through, or good enough to deserve a better life. He hates himself.

Go on:

Luke is brought before the Emperor, and Vader provokes him to lose his temper and attack Vader in a blind rage. After a brief but vicious fight, he regains his composure after removing Vader's hand.

He realizes that killing Vader would be tantamount to becoming Vader. More importantly, he finally realized what no one else knows: Vader is not an all-powerful, monstrous evil overlord. Behind the creepy black mask and robot armor, Vader is really just a fragile, intimidated old man who has no control over his own life. Luke takes pity on his wounded and humiliated father and tosses his lightsaber aside.

Luke proudly declares his loyalty to the light side of the Force and throws the emperor's mockery back on his face. The emperor is furious and unleashes a torrent of lightning bolts. This is the moment when Luke's plan is revealed: he is completely defenseless against the Emperor's attack, or at least appears to be, and he asks his father to help him.He has just shown unexpected compassion for his father, and that act sets the wheels in motion.

Vader is torn between his loyalty to the emperor and his newfound love for his son - his son who just moments earlier decided to let him live when unable to defend himself, and it would have been incredibly easy to kill. The sight of his own unexpectedly compassionate son writhing in pain moments before death is too much for Vader. He's making the ultimate sacrifice. He lifts his Master over his head, carries him to the edge of the abyss and hurls him into it. He is fatally wounded by the now undirected lightning bolt.

Let's see how the script describes this scene:

LUKE: Never. I will never turn to the dark side. You failed, Your Highness. I am a Jedi like my father before me. 1

Palpatine: [angry] So be it ... Jedi!

Luke refuses to give in to Palpatine's demands and disarms himself.]

Palpatine: [raises hands to Luke] If you don't turn, you will be destroyed! [Fires lightning bolts at Luke, causing him to fall to the ground in agony. Darth Vader gets up and stands next to Palpatine and watches.] Young fool. Only now, at the end, do you understand. [Shoots another lightning bolt] Your weak skills are no match for the power of the dark side! You paid the price for your poor eyesight! [keeps shooting lightning]

Luke: [doubles in agony] Father, please! Help me!

Palpatine: Well, young Skywalker ... you're going to die. [intensified lightning strikes]

Darth Vader / Anakin Skywalker 2 : [looks back and forth at Luke and Palpatine. He grabs Palpatine from behind and throws him into the reactor shaft.]

[A redeemed Anakin Skywalker dies in Luke's arms]

Anakin Skywalker: Luke, help me take this mask off.

LUKE: But you're going to die!

Anakin: Nothing can stop this now. Let me take a look at you with my own eyes.

[Luke carefully removes Vader's mask to reveal Anakin's disfigured face underneath.]

Anakin: Now ... go, my son. Leave me.

LUKE: No, you come with me. I will not leave you here. I have to save you!

Anakin: [smiles] That you already have it, Luke.*You were right.You were right about me ... * Tell your sister ... you were right ...

[The Redeemed Jedi, Anakin Skywalker, dies]

Other important details that are easily overlooked:

1 Luke's choice of words is very wise and serves two purposes:

  • He compares himself to his father, but surprisingly, he does so in a favorable way. Despite everything Vader has done to blacken his own name, Luke is proud to be his son. Vader must surely have taken note of this and began to see the incredible truth: Despite the fact that Vader led Luke to the Emperor and expected Luke to either be corrupted by the Dark Side or directly killed, Luke loves him.

  • It also reminds everyone - especially Vader - that Luke's father is a Jedi. Vader hasn't seen himself as a Jedi in 20 years. This likely made him think about his life before and after falling under the evil influence of Palpatine. For the first time in decades, he remembers that life wasn't an endless nightmare before falling to the dark side.

2 The script, which suddenly changes from "Vader" to "Anakin", makes it clear that this is exactly the moment when Vader ceases to exist and Anakin is reborn. Update: I couldn't find the script quoted here - most versions of the script I can find still call it "Vader". It is possible that the script I am using has been modified by a fan.

One of the novels gives us a glimpse into what Vader was thinking when the Emperor devastated Luke with Force Lightning. Vader's thoughts are in italics for clarity:

Vader watched Luke curl up into a fetal position as the Emperor hurled an even more swaying lightning wave at his victim. Vader had no doubt that Luke was about to die. His son screamed.

Not just my son ...

The emperor released another lightning round.

... Or Padmé's son ...

Luke screamed louder.

... but my son ... who loves me

Luke's clothes began to smolder as his body spasmed involuntarily. Suddenly Vader realized that he was no longer worried about his personal future.For all the terrible, unspeakable things he'd done in his life, he knew he couldn't watch and allow the Emperor to kill Luke.And in that moment of consciousness he was no longer Darth Vader.

He was Anakin Skywalker.

It took all of his remaining strength to grab the emperor from behind. The wretched emperor continued to let off lightning, but they turned away from Luke and turned back to meet him and his insurgent apprentice.
- The rise and fall of Darth Vader

Vader was redeemed by his son's love, which inspired his own love for Luke. He sacrificed his life out of the love of Luke. His motives as well as his actions were the essential factors that enabled him to redeem himself. He had returned to the light side of the Force after losing his life.

With that said, we can finally see what George Lucas said on the subject:

"It really has to do with learning," says Lucas, " Children teach you compassion . They teach you to love unconditionally ... He doesn't correct the wrong, but he stops the horror. The end of the saga is just Anakin I'll take care of this person regardless of what they mean to me. I'm going to throw away everything I have ... and throw away my life to save this person. And I do it because he believes in me; he loves me despite all the terrible things I've done ... he still takes care of me and I can't let this die. Anakin is very different in the end ... He takes the one ounce of the good that is left in him and destroys the emperor out of compassion for his son. "
- George Lucas, The Making of the Sith's Revenge ; Page 221

"You find out that Darth Vader isn't that monster. He is a pathetic person who made and lost a pact with the devil. And he's trapped. He's a sad, pathetic character, not a big bad monster . I mean he is a monster in that he has turned to the dark side and serves a bad master and is in power and has lost much of his humanity. In that way he's a monster, but underneath, as Luke says early in Return of the Jedi, "I know it's still good in you, I can feel it." Only through the love of his children and the compassion of his children who believe in him even though he is a monster does he redeem himself . "
- George Lucas, quoted in J. Windolf, " Star Wars: The Final Battle ", Vanity Fair, 2005

" And obviously the Savior theme in the Star Wars films has two sides. Ultimately, Vader is redeemed by his children .
- George Lucas