Star Wars: The Last Jedi sparked a wealth of backlash from trolls. They took particular issue with Luke’s character arc, as well as daring to place women at the forefront of the film in the same way Captain Marvel has. Luke Skywalker may have died at the end of The Last Jedi, but he is still scheduled to appear in Episode 9.
Is this the real reason Luke died at the end of The Last Jedi?
Mark Hamill tweeted his own explanation as to what killed Luke, saying: “THE FORCE KILLED LUKE. You have to acknowledge the irony in his fate.
“Almost like an addict that kicked his habit cold-turkey, remained clean for decades, only to re-use just once & then, tragically, overdoses”
A new fan theory from Reddit user McSlever expanded on this explanation.
The user wrote: “Kylo sees a projection of Rey and immediately assumes that she is with Luke.
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“Kylo states flatly ‘You’re not doing this. The effort would kill you’, under the assumption that she is a force projection.”
Kylo Ren assumes Rey is with Luke, so it can be inferred he is talking to Luke in that moment, not Rey.
So knowing the effort of projecting himself would kill him, the user asks – why would Luke do it?
The Reddit user adds: “Luke saw his mentor, Ben Kenobi, sacrifice himself rather than fighting.
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“He knows that there’s still good in Ben Solo, like he knew there was good still good in his father.
“Luke dies with peace and purpose, causing the distraction to let his friends get away, and leaving hope for the Resistance and Ben Solo’s redemption.”
Combined with Hamill’s own explanation of Luke’s ‘overdosing’ on the Force, the theory ties a nice bow on the character arc so hotly disputed by fans and trolls.
Luke is going to be in Episode 9, though how remains to be seen.
Many are hoping JJ Abrams’ Episode 9 will retcon some of Rian Johnson’s decisions in The Last Jedi.
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Though The Last Jedi was divisive, Star Wars fans will turn out in droves for Episode 9.
After all, the still unnamed third instalment will close the book on the Skywalker saga forever.
As of yet, no details as to the title or trailer release date have been confirmed.
Speculation is rife, with many hoping they will both land sometime during the April 11-15 ‘Star Wars Celebration’.
Star Wars Episode 9 is out in cinemas on December 19, 2019.
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