Poor outdated R2-D2 went by way of loads throughout the Skywalker Saga, however on account of him solely talking in a collection of digital sounds, it’s onerous to understand how he really feels about the whole lot that’s occurred to him. This newly found Star Wars easter egg, nevertheless, might go some strategy to uncovering the trauma that the loveable droid suffered after the betrayal of his authentic grasp, Anakin Skywalker. Warning: it’s actually unhappy.
Redditor u/r_da_mi shared a video (which you’ll be able to try right here) compiling the totally different occasions that Artoo ignores Luke’s directions to remain by or contained in the ship all through the Authentic Trilogy. He then means that the explanation the droid does it is because the final time he did as he was advised when given this instruction was in Revenge of the Sith, when Anakin by no means got here again. Just like the put up places it, “I’m not crying you might be.”
As followers properly know, Artoo retained his reminiscences of the prequel period in contrast to C-3PO, so we will infer that he’s frightened that historical past will repeat itself and Luke will go away him in an identical strategy to his father. It’s onerous to decipher if Artoo really labored out that Anakin grew to become Vader, however he definitely is aware of that one thing unhealthy occurred to his grasp after he advised Artoo to remain put. So, it is sensible that the droid would by no means let Luke out of his sight. He might even blame himself for Anakin’s supposed dying.
R2-D2 took a backseat position within the Sequel Trilogy, however he did do one thing vital in The Rise of Skywalker, as his backed-up knowledge recordsdata had been capable of restore Threepio’s reminiscences. This opened up one other can of worms, although, as followers had been left questioning whether or not Threepio now has full recollection of the prequels once more. In line with the movie’s novelization, at the very least, that’s certainly the case.