It seems that a lot of Star Wars fans, including myself, need to read a lot more because we’re missing huge pieces of the puzzle and going off on tangents. In speculation, this is fine, I think, because that’s one of the best parts of being in a fandom. Sitting around talking about what might be is really interesting, and I love to do it on my blog. But there are some things that really do need ironing out, such as the fact that George Lucas was talking about the sequel trilogy on the set of the first Star Wars film!
I honestly didn’t know that. Nor did I know that there was always going to be a plan for Luke Skywalker to age and become this hermit type of character in self-exile. That part really stunned me, but it has been substantiated by excellent sources such as Phil Szostak, whom I follow on Twitter. He has been part of the big LucasArts and LucasFilm machine since the very early days, and he said this:
Many fans on social media ridicule JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson for “ruining Luke Skywalker” and even the entire franchise. In fact, they still do, and I see it daily. I do not like to get into political crap throwing on social media, so I avoid the toxicity as much as possible. But knowing that this IS actually fact paints a very different picture of what JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson did with the sequel movies.
I have been one of those fans that were hurt by what they did with Luke in TLJ. Killing him off was never going to go down well with me because, in my mind, he is the hero, and I just couldn’t get my head around what they did with the character (and neither did Mark Hamill). But as it turns out, none of this original idea was Abrams or Johnson. It was their way before they got involved with the sequels. I am not even sure if Mark Hamill is aware of that even now because he has been quoted as saying he didn’t like what “they” did with Luke Skywalker. He eventually got on-board, of course, for promotional reasons. And perhaps maybe he already knew they were going to do something else with Luke, which may have helped to ease the frustration he was feeling about Luke’s character progression.
Luke Skywalker dying, though – I have yet to find anything substantial that disproves Rian Johnson was responsible for that. So until then, Johnson is absolutely wearing that one.
I thought this post would give some of you some food for thought. Do let me know what you think about this. Did you already know this, or did it blow your mind as much as it did mine?
Sound off in the comments, friends, and I’ll catch you there!