Star Wars Changes How You See Count Dooku’s Dark Side

Recent Star Wars tie-ins have hinted at a subtle rewrite of Dooku’s origin story – one with major implications for his role in the saga.

star wars changes how viewers can interpret Count Dooku’s fall to the dark side. Introduced in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones as a former Jedi who became Darth Sidious’ apprentice, Dooku played a key role in the Skywalker Saga. Palpatine positioned him as the face of the separatist movement, then sacrificed him as part of his seduction of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

Ironically, there’s a sense in which Count Dooku fell to the dark side for the same reasons Anakin did. Although Dooku was taken from his family when he was just a child, he reconnected with them after a chance encounter with his sister Jenza. Dooku grew disillusioned with the Jedi Council, and things escalated when Serenno was overrun by raiders. The Jedi Master disobeyed orders, defending his planet in spectacular fashion before leaving the Jedi Order and inheriting the title Earl of Serenno, as told in Cavan Scott’s audiobook. Dooku: Lost Jedi.


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The last star wars anthology, Jedi & Sith Storiescontains a short story titled Solve by Alex Segura who offers another perspective on Dooku’s downfall. Dooku’s former Padawan was understandably shaken when Dooku left the Jedi, and during his meditations he sensed an outside presence manipulating Dooku. It’s a hint that the Sith have been manipulating Dooku all along – and, due to the established timeline, means he was therefore controlled by Darth Plagueis. Comparisons between Palpatine and Dooku have always been stark – two powerful Force users who operated in the realm of politics – and it’s possible that Plagueis sees them both as potential apprentices.


This makes Dooku a much more important figure in star wars lore than previously believed. Recent links have suggested that the Sith were secretly preying on the Jedi from afar, using the dark side to trick the Young and the Padawans into abandoning the Jedi, but Dooku would be their biggest hit. After all, only 20 Jedi Masters – the so-called “twenty lost– abandoned the Jedi in the history of the Order. Plagueis may not have chosen Dooku as his apprentice, but he will no doubt have been delighted with his success nonetheless.

Through this lens, the relationship between Palpatine and Dooku also becomes much more interesting. Palpatine was deeply selfish and would have enjoyed using Dooku as a tool. That’s all Dooku ever was to Palpatine; a means to an end, a workaround after Darth Maul’s death, a pawn to throw away after seducing the chosen one to the dark side in a much more direct way. Darth Sidious was truly the greatest villain of star warsand that would have seemed like a calculated insult to both Dooku and Palpatine’s old master, Darth Plagueis.

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