So I started thinking of this as an AU scenario but…
At some point when Vader is planning to turn Luke to the dark side he actually thinks about what that would entail - about the pain and suffering that the Sith Master has to inflict on the apprentice in order to fully immerse them in the dark side - and he realizes that he doesn’t want to do that to Luke.
He had been willing to take that upon himself; it was a price he was willing to pay for Padmé’s life (though it hadn’t saved her in the end; had only hastened her demise), but he won’t deliberately inflict that pain on his son. He can’t do that to someone he loves.
And that is how, finally, he realizes that Palpatine never loved him.
I started think of this as an AU scenario, but an argument can be made that this is canonically what happens at the end of RotJ.
ok this is a bit late, but between wrestling with the shitty wifi where I am, an incoming storm and dodging relatives I’d rather not deal with I think an hour late for Christmas (where I am anyway) is ok?
Hahahaha either way, again, a bit late but still, Merry Fucking Christmas guys! hope you have or had a great one!
Also this from my “Growing Up” lapidot comic, and its actually set 1 year from now, so yeah next Christmas so yeah they’ve already gotten together by then.