Mark Hamill has revealed that he’d love to return to Star Wars as Luke Skywalker’s Force Ghost. Here’s why I think this would be great for Kylo Ren.
Warning: contains Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoilers.
Ever since Luke Skywalker’s demise at the end of The Last Jedi, fans have speculated about whether or not we’ll be seeing any more of the character.
One thing we do know though, is that if Star Wars: Episode IX’s director J.J. Abrams wants him, actor Mark Hamill is more than eager to reprise the role. The actor has always displayed immense enthusiasm for the Star Wars franchise, and has been very vocal recently about his willingness to return.
“No one’s ever really gone,” Luke told us in the latest Star Wars movie. It certainly won’t be a new thing for a dead character to appear in spirit in Star Wars. In Return Of The Jedi, we saw the ‘Force Ghosts’ of Yoda, Anakin Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi. In director Rian Johnson’s contribution of The Last Jedi, we again saw Yoda, showcasing that it’s not something the current trilogy intends to shy away from. Plus, with Han Solo and Leia gone, a return of Luke is very plausible.
Mark Hamill certainly backs the idea. Speaking in Radio Times, he even suggested a return with a twist:
“Well I thought, if he’s a Force Ghost I’d love to see him used in a way that hasn’t been done before. I mean let’s use the word ghost! That implies that it’s frightening. What if he… even in some other form, I think it’d be funny… well, I don’t want to give it away. I do have ideas; most of them are so terrible that they don’t consider them at all! But like I say, I don’t know if I am going to be back.”
Star Wars is constantly coming up with new ideas for the force, and being inventive with Luke’s character’s afterlife sounds great to me.
So why would this be so good for Kylo Ren?
As a kid my favourite character was always Darth Maul (yeah, I was that type of kid), so I’ve always loved the Dark Side. But Sith fan or not, the mercurial Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is undeniably an interesting character. Too petulant to be intimidating, too likeable to be hated and too conflicted to be evil. The complex Kylo constantly wavers between light and dark.
In ways, Anakin Skywalker’s grandson’s story parallels his grandfather’s. But in the same way that good boy Anakin turned bad, Sith advocate Kylo is attracted to the good side like a moth to a flame. As much as he encourages Rey (Daisy Ridley) to fight for the Sith, he still fought beside her to defeat Snoke.
Kylo’s resistance to the, er Resistance (sorry, couldn’t resi- okay, I’ll stop now) is arguably understandable. In The Last Jedi, Luke admitted that he made a wrong move when he considered killing Kylo. His fear of history repeating itself was the very reason that the past replayed. Kylo lost his trust in his Jedi Master. Disillusioned, he changed the side he fought for and followed his grandfather’s footsteps into the Sith.
But Kylo’s resolve is weak. Every time he takes a stand in the darkness, he then gravitates to the light. The weight of killing his father was evidently crippling him in The Last Jedi, and arguably opened the door to his connection with Rey. This relationship was a big part of The Last Jedi: their astral communication was a major factor for both characters. It also resulted in THAT fight scene when the pair joined forces and became an unstoppable team.
The Last Jedi ended with Kylo trying to rule the Dark Side and kill Luke. Although not responsible for Luke’s death, his former master and personal nemesis did die, as did his mother, the wonderful Carrie Fisher. What effect this will all have on the already tumultuous emotions of Kylo remains to be seen. However, I’m betting these events will have weakened his resolve further and aggravated his uncertainty.
Personally, I’d love to see Luke come back as a ghost to guide Rey and haunt Kylo. I think the humour and wisdom potential in this contribution would be a great addition to the ninth episode. If Luke has lost his human limits and achieved complete enlightenment, it seems plausible that he would have more understanding and forgiveness towards his nephew. This could make him less resistant to Kylo’s relationship with Rey – maybe even supportive of it, in the hope that Rey would be a positive influence.
I’d also love to see Rey explore the Dark Side a little, but it feels pretty certain that deep down, she’s a true Jedi. Kylo, on the other hand, appears to be far from having a Sith soul. Having Luke trying to persuade him to face the light would really add to the character’s contradicting feelings.
Of course, it’s still unconfirmed that we’ll even be seeing Luke Skywalker again, never mind what the plans for the character could be. But the idea certainly makes for some interesting possibilities.
What are your thoughts? Would you like to see Luke Skywalker return as a in Star Wars: Episode IX? What do you think of Kylo Ren? Let me know in the comments!
For an article on why Luke Skywalker is a Grey Jedi, click here.