Star Wars: The Last Jedi still has a lot of haters, with a lot of folks on the internet still picking apart how Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is presented within the film. But a new fan theory could help explain why that may be.
Reddit user TLM86 recently broke down one of The Last Jedi‘s most controversial moments, a flashback scene in which Luke briefly contemplates killing Ben Solo/Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). A lot of people think that behavior is wildly out of character for Luke, TLM86 disagrees and cites quite a bit of the original Star Wars trilogy as evidence.
“Initially he’s all for killing Vader to avenge his aunt and uncle, Obi-Wan, and his father. When Vader reveals he’s Luke’s father, it allows him to look beyond the ‘monster in a mask’ and see the human underneath. Even Obi-Wan and Yoda urged him to face and strike Vader down in order to become a Jedi Knight, but Luke’s instincts told him different.”
As the user argued, Luke’s ability to trust his instincts still carries over into that The Last Jedi scene, as he realizes that Ben has been corrupted by the darkness, Luke’s instincts tell him that it would ultimately help the galaxy.
“Luke’s trusted instincts are telling him to strike Ben down for the good of the future, in the same way his damaging trip to Bespin was ultimately a good thing, and to ignore the advice of his Jedi Masters and reach out to Vader was a good thing. Luke, of course, realizes his mistake; that his instincts have been clouded, but by then it’s too late.”
The Last Jedi definitely took things in a direction that was unexpected. The major divide comes between fans who are ultimately open to the change or they aren’t. But this Reddit user helps prove that Luke’s character has actually been pretty consistent between movies.
What do you think about this insight?