*THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI*
One of the biggest things to happen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and in the Star Wars universe in general, was the death of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.
Though it was anticipated by many fans, it was one of many bold moves by director Rian Johnson in the film. Johnson recently spoke with SlashFilm about the decision to kill off one of the most popular characters in Star Wars history:
“It was something very early on that started to feel right to me. It was a process. It was very early when I thought, when I kind of landed on where Luke’s head was at and what his arc was going to be in terms of moving from someone who’s decided the galaxy is better off without Luke and the Jedi to fully embracing the galaxy needs a legend to believe in. I’m going to put this on my shoulders and be the legend of Luke Skywalker for everybody. When I knew that was his arc, I had the instant tinge of that means that’s the place for him to [die] because what else can he accomplish in the physical realm beyond that? That would be the place emotionally that would have the most impact for him to let himself go. […] I don’t know what’s gonna happen in Episode 9 at all, but there’s actually more potential for more interesting things in terms of his role in the final chapter if he moves into another realm.”
I’m fine with Johnson killing off Luke. I am even fine with literally burning the Jedi teachings to the ground, I just didn’t like the way he went about it. Let Luke be bitter, confused, and even shut off from the Force, but when the time comes, and there should have been a time, let fans see him in action one more time. I understand, that is a fanboy nitpick, but that is far from my only issue with the film, or with how Luke was handled. I just feel there were missed opportunities.
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