“It’s time of the Jedi… to end.” The shocking words spoken by Luke Skywalker in the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi sent the world into a frenzy, as fans everywhere cringed at what it could possibly mean. Many thoughts and theories were born from that line, but one has always rose above the rest. Could Luke Skywalker have actually turned to the Dark Side? Or will he turn to the dark side in The Last Jedi? It’s been debated by nerds over and over again over the last handful of months, and now thanks to Skywalker himself, we may actually have an answer.
Before we get to the actual comments, it’s worth noting that Skywalker has frequently been put in very ominous positions throughout the films marketing thus far, adding even more fuel to the fire that Skywalker may have turned dark after being broke by the events between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
But could it actually be possible? Could we see one of the greatest heroes of all-time join the very thing he was born to destroy? It’s definitely possible, but a recent interview hits otherwise. As first pointed out by comingsoon.net, Hamill recently had this to say about Dark Side Luke during an interview in Disney Rewards Insider:
“In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Luke has lost confidence in his ability to make good choices. It haunts him to the core. But he hasn’t gone to the dark side. This isn’t an evil version of him. But it’s still an incarnation of the character I never expected. It has pulled me out of my comfort zone. It’s a real challenge.”
It’s worth noting that Hamill has not only slipped when it comes to secrets, but also completely mis-guided fans. As I said, it’s 100% possibly that Luke could go bad, giving in to the thing that tortured his father for decades, but it’s quite hard to believe. As Hamill says, he’s lost confidence in just not himself, but the old ways of the Jedi. He’s angry and haunted by the past, so much so that Hamill “fundamentally disagreed” with the direction Rian Johnson was taking, which make his comments about expectation and comfort zone feel even more real.
If my two cents were worth anything, I don’t believe for one second that Luke has gone “dark.” Is he the same Luke Skywalker we last saw in Return of the Jedi? Hell no. His wordless appearance in The Force Awakens was more than just an appearance, as the boy from Tattooine looked broken even then. I’ve said it from the very beginning, but I do believe that Luke is some kind of version of the Legends Grey Jedi. He won’t be called that and may not feature all their traits, but I believe Luke will be finding new ways for the Jedi to operate in the new trilogy. The old ways don’t work anymore, and unfortunately he had to learn that the hard way. So when he says “it’s time for the jedi… to end,” I 100% believe he means the old ways of the Jedi.
What do you think? Do you believe Luke Skywalker has turned to the dark side? Is it even possible? What do you think his now famous words mean? Sound off in the comments below! Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released on December 15th.