2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens not only initiated a new Star Wars trilogy, but the film also addressed many open questions that fans have debated for nearly 32 years, since the end of Return of the Jedi in 1983. However, by the end of that film several important questions remained unresolved, including: What became of the ghosts of Yoda, Ben, and Anakin? What has Lando been up to all these years? And what happened to Vader's lightsaber?
WARNING: possible *Spoilers* ahead...
In the climactic Episode VI lightsaber battle (aboard Vader's Executor dreadnought) Luke defeated Vader, lopping off his hand and presumably sending it down a reactor shaft -- along with the lightsaber it still gripped. Or did it? Rewatching the final battle, it's not clear whether or not this was the actual result. Luke soon reunited with the rebels on Endor's moon and cremated Vader, but he appeared to only possess a single lightsaber in those final shots.
Ward relates that Luke was seen wearing a strange necklace during filming of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Apparently, the necklace is some kind of wooden talisman with a red gem dangling from its base. The prevailing rumor is that this gem is actually a Kyber -- a force-attuned crystal that grows naturally on planets throughout the galaxy, and the source of each lightsaber's power.
Ward speculates that this particular Kyber crystal once belonged to Darth Vader, embedded within his lightsaber. He notes that this rumor has not been confirmed, but as rumors go this is a pretty good one. It's reasonable to assume that Luke would want to hold onto something that reminded him of his father, as a symbol of the corrupting power of the Dark Side.
If true, this could be a pretty compelling MacGuffin in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, an item of symbolic (and tangible) power for individuals like Kylo Ren or Supreme Leader Snoke.
Do you think Luke is wearing the Kyber crystal that once powered his father's lightsaber? Let us know in the comments down below!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.
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