Darth Vader is undoubtedly the most complex character in the Star Wars saga. He wasn’t always evil. In a Time magazine interview, George Lucas himself said Anakin Skywalker “turns into Darth Vader because he gets attached… He can’t let go of things. It makes you greedy. And when you’re greedy, you are on the path to the dark side.”


Similarly, Siddhartha’s own enlightenment was achieved through the rejection of want and earthly possessions. Darth Vader’s eventually redemption takes place only when he allows himself to be killed in order to save his own son. Of course, the story of Stars Wars contains more than just a Buddhist theme. It encompasses the conflict between good and evil that invites comparison to Christianity and probably most other religions as well. It’s universal. It’s timeless.