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– by Seth McDonald

*THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI*

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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.”

RELATED: What Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Ending Could Mean For Episode IX [SPOILERS]

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.

What are your thoughts on the decision to kill Luke Skywalker? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Source: SlashFilm

  • the50sguystrikesback

    He’s in the netherworld of the Force now with Qui-Gon, Ben, Yoda
    and Anakin. I’m sure he’ll be back in ‘specter’ form in Episode IX.
    Actually…Rey will need the counsel and guidance of ALL of them.

    • Rad4Cap

      “Actually…Rey will need the counsel and guidance of ALL of them”

      Why? She hasn’t needed them so far.

      • the50sguystrikesback

        Yes…she HAS. She doesn’t really KNOW anything.

        • Rad4Cap

          Really? WHAT exactly did they help her with so far?

          Nothing.

          • Broian

            While I am sure ghost Luke will put in an appearance she also has the Jedi books. She can recreate the Jedi without all the dogma that lead to their demise in the prequels.

          • Rad4Cap

            “While I am sure ghost Luke will put in an appearance she also has the Jedi books.”

            But that was NOT the point being made. It was stated she NEEDED them. I pointed out that, so far, she has NOT needed them. In fact, she has not needed them and yet is ‘equal’ to any Jedi at this point.

            “She can recreate the Jedi without all the dogma that lead to their demise in the prequels.”

            And THAT is an argument *against* ‘needing’ their “counsel and guidance”.

  • Rad4Cap

    “I don’t know what’s gonna happen in Episode 9 at all”

    And here is a problem with this episode. It doesn’t give a damn about what has come before and doesn’t know where it is going. If it were a stand-alone film, that wouldn’t be a problem. But it is NOT a stand-alone film.

    PRETENDING it IS a stand-alone film is essentially the root of the problems to this film.

    • Kratos

      my sentiments exactly. for all the issues TFA had…at least JJ set it up so the director of the next film would have something to work off of while also leaving some wiggle room to create whatever their vision might be….RJ apparently thought it better to completely ignore and blow off the JJ established set ups and go off in his own direction pretty much saying FU to anyone (us fans) that wanted any resolution or further expansion on the new characters and post RotJ history mentioned in TFA.

      • Rad4Cap

        True. And what’s worse is that K Kennedy thought that was a GOOD thing.

        • Kratos

          i have a sneaking suspicion that back in sept when it was announced that JJ was coming back for Ep IX and that colin trevor was out due to “creative differences”….TLJ was obviously in late post production with different edits of the film being cut etc….i’ll bet you anything colin was privy to the way the film would likely end and really not give him anything to work with from a building off of standpoint beginning Ep IX….he may have even begun to surmise that TLJ would split the fandom.

  • Danny B

    No way he doesn’t know whats going to happen in the next episode, at least in general terms of overall plot etc. Its purely to stop any questions about what does happen next and to put all that pressure on JJ…

  • SaiyanHeretic

    This is not the first time Luke threw away his lightsaber, nor the first time he chose the route of a pacifist. The callow youth desperate for adventure grew up to be an old man disillusioned by his own legend, which shows valuable introspection. And by the end, he did turn back around from his period of great doubt, to live his final moments as a hero again. But if Luke had charged into the First Order, cutting fools down left and right, it would mean he learned nothing. Worse, it would mean he had forgotten the vital lesson taught to him by Obi-Wan sacrifice. So Luke went out in just the right way, doing something that only he could have, and keeping the spark of hope alive. That’s a real hero.

  • Duck O’Death

    Agreed, we never saw much at all of Luke’s full Force ptentiaI. Expected to see more of this. Was super excited when he and Kylo ignited their sabers only to find out it was just an apparition Kylo was fighting. Still it was a good enough scene. Just felt there would be more interesting reveals about the Force, some backstory. But as usual for these movies the fans are always far more sensationalistic in our theories than what ends up onscreen. Snoke needed some origin. He’s a villain that shouldn’t exist, so he needs a plausible origin. Hope 9 offers more information.

  • Tonk99

    Face it, RJ, you fucked up. Lets hope JJ can right the ship.

  • Lenin1959

    And there is a better place for ideas and movies like that called: fan fiction. Non-canonical fan fiction. This is where the sequel trilogy belongs.

  • Kronx

    I love the ending. Brain over brawn. Typical Luke, his mind always off somewhere else.

    Sure Luke could’ve shown up and fought Snoke or Kylo, his CGI stunt double flipping around and throwing space ships or whatever. But at some point it would’ve been too much to believe. And we’d still be sitting here complaining that Luke shouldn’t have died however he died.