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WATCH: Darth Vader had a broken neck during the original Star Wars trilogy?

May 28th, 2015 by Marc 1 Comment

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So earlier today Connor from The Movie Maniac contacted us with a revelation that he’d discovered in Return of the Jedi about Darth Vader.

We’ll let you read what he told us for yourselves:  “I found something while editing a video a few weeks back. What if I was to tell you Darth Vader had a broken neck? It is literally a blink and you miss it moment… I think Star Wars fans would find it interesting about how these few frames does impact the character.”

Now, watch Connor’s video (below) and he does make a very convincing argument, as it certainly appears that Vader does have a repaired break in the x-ray we see when Emperor Palpatine is using Force lightening on him in the finale.

What does this mean for Vader? Well, not much in the overall story, but to the character it means that his physical pain was even worse than we imagined; it also raises the question of when it happens. Did James Luceno know when he wrote Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader? Or are we missing something?

Can you cast any light on the subject or is Vader really rocking a broken neck throughout the OT as well as everything else?

We want to hear your thoughts, folks.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

  • Pete Wells

    Maybe he hit his head off a Death Star door?

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