The infamous Force dyad explained! The now canon information comes in a new guide book. Star Wars: Secrets of the Sith was published today and the book is written from the perspective of Darth Sidious. It’s like you and old Palp’s had a chat and he decided to explain all the Sith knowledge to you for a laugh. Whilst there are any number of interesting little details, I feel the most important is that of the Force dyad. Of course, prior to Abrams The Rise of Skywalker, the Force dyad didn’t exist in Star Wars canon. However, I now think there are a few ways in which Lucasfilm can retcon some details to their advantage. Specifically to make it seems like the dyad was always there.
I’ll start by saying I truly despised almost every aspect of The Rise of Skywalker as a movie, or a piece of canon. Sidious return was a bad move for me, and only today I was arguing with another fan in Twitter who thought it was a great idea and always planned. However the actual idea behind explaining the deep connection of Ben and Rey as a Force dyad, I was ok with. I get that it was just to give old Palp’s something to do and be a threat, However, it did fit with the connection we had seen in The Last Jedi.
Let’s take a look at what exactly is said about the Force dyad in the book.
Excerpt from Star Wars: Secrets of the Sith by Marc Sumerak
There are few secrets of the Force I have yet to master. But our Order’s ancient prophecies speak of one fabled manifestation unseen for generations – a dyad. This pairing of two beings strong in the Force, linked together by an unbreakable bond, creates a power as strong as life itself.
Two That Are One
For a millennium the Sith have adhered to the Rule of Two. But this decree is said to merely be a pale imitation of its predecessor, the Doctrine of the Dyad. Legends claim that two beings sharing this profound connection gain access to a great number of abilities – skills beyond the grasp of even the most powerful Force wielder. Members of a dyad were believed to be capable of transferring their life force to heal others. Some could even pass physical objects through time and space in an instant. If two Sith were bonded so deeply as to transcend their physical beings, the power they could unlock together would know no limits.
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Did Lucasfilm just explained why Force healing suddenly became a thing in the final chapter of a nine-part Saga? Of course, the keen eyed will also point to Grogu using healing within The Mandalorian. It is spanner in the works for sure. Clearly when the decision was made to have Grogu heal, totally to soften the blow in the upcoming movie, this idea was not yet created. Then again, I don’t like the power creep that healing provided. Therefore, a unique explanation for why Rey and Ben could do it, but not Yoda or Luke, is welcome. That means we don’t have to worry about every Jedi now suddenly being able to heal people at will.
I have a feeling this Force Dyad could also be retconned into the new KOTR remake. We know the original game is not quite canon, and I expect a few changes. One way to show the unusual bond between Revan and Bastilla would be to call them a dyad. That would also link into what is now canon about not seeing a dyad in a Millennium.
I don’t like TROS, but I have to live with it. It’s going to take years but perhaps there’s something to salvage from the bad choice that was J.J. Abrams? What are your thoughts on the Force dyad explained in the new book Star Wars: Secrets of the Sith? Thoughts below.