One doesn’t have to be knee-deep in Star Wars to know about this rule. Anyone who has watched Star Wars: The Phantom Menace would know what Sith’s Rule of Two is. As grandmaster Jedi Yoda would explain it, “Always two there are; no more, no less. A master and an apprentice.” This ancient Sith rule is engraved in the Sith Order so they can continue to evolve and overthrow the Jedi. However, how the Star Wars Universe handled this rule surely has us guessing whether the filmmakers have respected the rule enough or not.
Explaining The Sith’s Rule of Two
This legendary Sith rule was created by Sith Lord Darth Bane a thousand years ago. Sith’s infighting and fight for power had diminished their numbers by a lot, which led to the Jedi Order gaining the upper hand in later fights. To stop this fight for power, Darth Bane made a rule which we now know today. According to this, a master would take the power of the Dark Side of the Force and will pass their knowledge to an apprentice. The apprentice will yearn for their master’s power and would attempt to slay them to take their role, if successful or perish trying. Soon, the new master will bring on their apprentice and the cycle will repeat itself. Mostly the Star Wars Universe followed this rule.
How Did Star Wars Universe Crack The Rule?
The Star Wars Universe movies followed this rule line by line. Each trilogy had a master and an apprentice. Darth Plagueis was a master of Palpatine. Darth Sidious (Palps) took on former Jedi Count Dooku. The Count then took on three apprentices one at a time, Assage Ventress, then Savage Opress, and then Quinlan Vos. Later, Snoke was Kylo Ren’s master
However, If we look closely, all of these Sith apprentices and masters are tied to a single entity: Palpatine. In fact, it might just be rare to see a Dark Side Force-wielder who does not carry the influence of Darth Sidious. Supreme Leader Snoke might have appeared in the sequel trilogy, but Palpatine created him in a lab. Later we find that the voices which Kylor Ren heard were coming from Palpatine as well.
Dooku and Darth Vader are already created by Palpatine in Star Wars Universe. Even Darth Maul was Palpatine’s creation.
So What’s The Point?
The Rule of Two was designed to stop infighting between members of the Sith Order. the rule did stop the infighting, which was spread across the galaxy. However, it also centralized to a single location, revolving around a single entity: Palpatine. Now that the end of Skywalker Saga has finally destroyed the Rule of Two in Star Wars Universe, there is either going to be Dark Force wielder or a dark Jedi who left the Jedi Order years ago.