The Star Wars crawl that accompanies the start of The Force Awakens may have just dropped a major plot spoiler for the films ahead.
That's at least the view of some English purists over at Mic, who joined with millions across the Internet in over-analyzing J.J. Abrams' sojourn to that galaxy a long time ago and far, far away.
According to Kevin O'Keeffe, the Star Wars crawl "mistake" (?) was found by Mic's Joel Topcik, a content editor.
The crawl reads, "With the support of the Republic, General Leia Organa leads a brave resistance. She is desperate to find her brother Luke and gain his help in restoring peace and justice to the galaxy."
Where this is either a mistake or a major plot spoiler is in the absence of commas surrounding the word "Luke" as seen here.
"Without the offset commas, they're suggesting that it's necessary to specify which brother," said senior copy editor for Mic, Kaitlyn Jakola.
In other words, if it had been "to find her brother, Luke," fans would have been dealing with an unnecessary appositive that could easily be removed without changing the meaning.
Without the commas, there is an implied relationship, and that has led to the crazy new theory that Darth Vader may have fathered a child that fans do not yet know about.
But if that's the case, who is that brother? Someone you haven't seen yet, or a character hiding right under your nose?
Think of the possibilities (and with this, it's time to signal the SPOILER ALERT to STOP READING IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE FILM).Here are the top possibilities for whom a third Skywalker sibling could be.
Supreme Leader SnokeHe certainly has a way with Ben Solo/Kylo Ren, and it's completely relatable that there could be another black sheep in the Skywalker family.
After all, Vader DID once help rule the galaxy with an iron fist.
Who's to say he didn't take up with another baddie once he went full Darth? Or heck, this being Star Wars and not subject to our own world's biological constructs, it's possible Darth and Palpatine fathered a child together. Wouldn't that be a twist?
Han SoloFans heartbroken over the death of Han Solo at the end of The Force Awakens might welcome this theory if it weren't for the whole icky brother-sister having a child together thing that would be the case if Solo and Leia were siblings.
The only thing to recommend this theory, really, is the fact that it would mean there is something special about Han, and we could at least get another glimpse of him as a Force-ghost in a future installment of the series.
(But alas, that would be stupid, so better not.)
— Superhero Feed (@SuperheroFeed) December 27, 2015
The Star Wars crawl thing is just a complete oversight on the part of Disney and whoever writes those things.
While technically Mic's editors are correct in how they frame the use of an appositive, that isn't a rule that most Americans follow to the letter of the law.
It's entirely possible that the Star Wars crawl writer failed to consult his copy of the AP Sourcebook before putting pen to paper.
But what do you think about it, readers?
Do you think that the way the Star Wars crawl reads is indicative of a third Skywalker sibling, who will factor into future films? Or is this just yet another crazy that will be kicked around in the year and half between now and Episode VIII?
Also, for a look at an actually viable theory as to who the Star Wars Rey character is, click here.