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– by Seth McDonald

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, director Rian Johnson introduced fans to new Force abilities. From Supreme Leader Snoke melding the minds of Rey and Kylo, giving them the ability to speak to each other over long distances to Luke Skywalker projecting his likeness far across the galaxy. Johnson recently spoke with IGN and gave insight into the projection scene. Specifically, he specified why Luke appeared in a younger form, and why he had Anakin’s lightsaber:

“[Luke] is basically tailoring this projection to have maximum effect on Kylo. He knows that Kylo’s Achilles heel is his rage, and so that’s why he kind of makes himself look younger, the way Kylo would’ve last seen him in their confrontation at the temple, and that’s why he decided to bring Kylo’s grandfather’s lightsaber down there — the lightsaber that Kylo screamed at Rey, ‘that’s mine, that belongs to me.'”

But that lightsaber split in half, right?

“We as an audience saw that… The truth is, we see the lightsaber split in half — Kylo sees a blinding flash of light and is knocked unconscious, and then Rey takes the lightsaber away before he wakes up. So if you really want to dig into it and get an explanation, you can say that he doesn’t 100 percent know what happened to the lightsaber.”

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While I still feel sort of ‘meh’ about the film overall, after watching it a second time I did find more to enjoy. The mind melding by Snoke was great, and while Luke projecting himself was truly an impressive feat, I still feel it denied fans one last, actual lightsaber duel from Luke Skywalker.

Speaking of Force projecting, how many of you readers think Supreme Leader Snoke was also Force projecting in his throne room? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Source: IGN