That’s why it was such a shame – albeit logical – to see that the first hero of the saga died. I’m pretty sure more than a couple of fans even shed a couple of tears.
Before the final trilogy of the saga arrived, the only thing we knew about Luke Skywalker was that he died sometime after the Second Civil War fought alongside the Galactic Alliance. Luke disappeared! The next time we saw him was in the form of a Force Ghost.
So, How Did Luke Skywalker Die?
They never told us. We don’t see him again until a new Sith order arrives some thirty years after the Battle of Yavin. And so we were until he returned at the end of The Force Awakens and until he died in The Last Jedi, Episode VIII.
Rian Johnson – director of The Last Jedi – told Huffington Post in an interview.
“I don’t want to be too explicit because I like people to be able to have their interpretations, but I think the final act takes everything away from him,” Johnson said when asked about the matter.
Rian Johnson also said that Luke’s sacrifice in The Last Jedi, at the Battle of Crait, was what was needed to enliven the legend. And as The Rise of Skywalker later unfolds, the ghosts of the Force, the legends, the possibility of hope, are what give strength (lower case) to the Resistance and the Force (upper case) to Rey to defeat Palpatine.
Luke’s melding into one with the Force also meant he could have had the chance to “do more for the galaxy in another way,” the filmmaker noted.
In The Rise of Skywalker,directed by J.J. Abrams, a much more serene Luke appears to Rey (Daisy Ridley) as she attempts to exile herself on Ahch-To after learning she is Palpatine’s (Ian McDiarmid) granddaughter. The motivational talk ultimately inspires her to confront the Emperor in the final battle between the Sith and the Jedi.
So, as it often happens with this saga, most things are left to imagination and speculation. But it seems like we won’t be hearing from the ultimate Jedi any time soon.