The latest Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker rumor explains C-3PO’s red eyes. What could it possibly mean?
While plenty of jokes were made about C-3PO’s red eyes, the fact of the matter is that he still had red eyes, which certainly reminds you of the Sith.
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A rumor has surfaced as to why C-3PO’s eyes were red in the teaser. It comes from Making Star Wars, which has a solid track record when it comes to rumors. Although, considering it’s a rumor please take it with a grain of salt as we can’t confirm it.
Making Star Wars writes:
"As the golden translator begins to read the message on the blade, See-Threepio’s eyes glow bright red. The Sith inscription is successfully decrypted."
Click here to read the whole rumor (and then some. There are several rumors at this link).
If true, Episode IX is leaning heavily into the Sith side of the Force. Even though the Force has a dark side and light side, the Jedi and Sith have been on opposing sides of the religions surrounding the Force.
In this case, in order to read a Sith text, C-3PO essentially needs new programming. The Sith lore is so deep and rich that Threepio’s eyes even change upon reading it. I wonder what would happen to a person if they were able to read it. Would their eyes automatically turn red or something worse?
It’s a good thing they had the droid take care of it.
If this is true, it’s also a good send off for C-3PO, who has been part of the Skywalker Saga throughout all nine episodes. While his character was relegated to more comic relief in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, this gives his character a chance to make a meaningful contribution.
I also wonder what happens to Threepio after he reads it because what if reading the Sith inscription is the last thing C-3PO is able to do. It would be sad that this would be the way he says good bye.
I’m hoping this doesn’t mean the end for C-3PO and that his programming wouldn’t be changed so much that he wouldn’t be able to recover.
Of course, this is just speculation and conjecture on my part. With all of these rumors, we don’t actually know what’s going to happen. Though the above rumor does make sense in context and doesn’t seem too farfetched.
This gives C-3PO a chance to change the course of the galaxy.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20.