Originally Posted by danoyse
I was 6 when ESB came out, and I had no idea
about the whole "I am your father" scene until I saw the movie. I actually thought the whole reason Vader was so obsessed with finding Luke Skywalker was because he was still mad at him for blowing up the Death Star. Like I said, I was 6.
I've read that one of the reasons Lucas left that as a cliffhanger was so kids who were frightened of Vader could leave thinking it might not be true. I was totally one of those kids...Darth Vader scared the crap out of me when I was that age, so I refused to entertain the notion that he could actually be Luke's father. I didn't know any other kids who thought it was true, either.
But I remember seeing a commercial for ROTJ a few weeks before it came out, and by then I was almost 9, and they showed the scene where Luke asked Yoda if Vader was his father.
And that was the moment I realized it was true. No idea why, but I knew it then.
Up until that point in my movie viewing life, I don't think I had ever seen a movie with that type of cliffhanger either. I was completely confused by the ending of ESB ... it just seemed to end to me ... Was Vader serious? What about Han? Who is this "other"?
I could not wait for Jedi.