The Last Jedi: Will Luke Skywalker return as a Force ghost?


Not happy with Luke Skywalker from Star Wars The Last Jedi? Don’t Worry…

Since the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there’s been plenty of outcry in regards to the film’s treatment of Luke Skywalker. And although plenty of fans enjoyed the film, there’s a small contingent who’s absolutely unhappy with it. Fans of the series should, however, rest assured that we haven’t seen the last of Luke Skywalker.

We can look to the Original Trilogy for reassurance.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the Original Trilogy, it’s that when a Jedi becomes one with the Force, he isn’t gone for too long. Obi-Wan Kenobi comes back as a Force Ghost in both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. And even in The Last Jedi, Yoda returns as a Force Ghost to teach Luke one last lesson.

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Its safe to say that Mark Hamill will be back to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker. At the end of The Last Jedi, he becomes one with the Force. Essentially he’s reached the next level of mastery in the Force, much like Obi-Wan and Yoda before him. And he is at total peace as he goes. Physically he leaves the story, in the same manner, he entered it, watching the setting of twin suns.

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Will Luke be back to teach and torment?

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However, Luke’s physical end does not end his story. As he told Kylo Ren at the end of their faux duel, “I’ll see you around, kid.”  It gives the thought that he will return equally to torment Kylo Ren and to help guide Rey. Perhaps he’ll continue to provide Kylo Ren with the angst that’s been tearing him apart.

It’s evident that Kylo Ren continues to struggle when confronted by his past, his family. How can he continue to hate those who’ve only ever loved him? His mind was previously manipulated by Snoke, but now Snoke is gone. With Snoke out of the way can Luke finally reach him?

New Canon provides hope for Luke.

Also if we’ve all been paying attention to both Star Wars: The Clones Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, we’ve seen just how powerful a Force apparition can be. Hopefully, that will translate to the next film. And with the sudden loss of Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill returning in the last movie would be an excellent touch. One final dose of nostalgia, before we jump into the future of the Franchise with both feet.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is playing in theatres, worldwide.