Woodsman said:I just read another theory claiming that Jar Jar was a Sith Master manipulator running the entire Empire, and the author makes a very convincing case for it.
Proving, I think, that it's possible to "bust wide open" anything anybody wants with enough obsessively applied force.
George Lucas did at some point intend on having Luke turn to the dark side and don Vader's mask at the end of the third movie but the idea was shot down In favor of a different ending. Apparently Lucas' focus became more about selling toys than quality story when it came to Return.
JJ Abrams also worked with Lawrence Kasdan who co-wrote the script for Empire and Return. So, if there were any plans for Luke to turn, we might see it. Here's what Gary Kurtz, producer of Star Wars and Empire had to say.
Kurtz has claimed that he and George Lucas clashed over how to progress the Star Wars series. Kurtz recalled that after Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, Lucas became convinced that audiences no longer cared about the story and were simply there for thrills and entertainment, and began to deviate from the originally planned plotlines for Return of the Jedi, at which point Kurtz quit the series. Kurtz has also claimed that Lucas changed the emphasis from storytelling to prioritizing toy merchandising. In a 2010 interview for the L.A. Times, Kurtz revealed that he had become disillusioned with the commercially-driven direction the franchise was taking, as well as the related changes that Lucas made to the plot of the third movie, which was originally much darker, and included the death of Han Solo:
""I could see where things were headed. The toy business began to drive the empire. It's a shame. They make three times as much on toys as they do on films. It's natural to make decisions that protect the toy business but that's not the best thing for making quality films."
Kurtz has expressed his dissatisfaction with Return of the Jedi and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Kurtz was particularly displeased with Lucas' decisions in Return of the Jedi to resurrect the Death Star and to change the plot outline from one that ended on a "bittersweet and poignant" note to one having a "euphoric ending where everyone was happy".