Star Wars actor Mark Hamill — most famous for his portrayal of Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker over the course of four decades — is also known for his active social media presence.
I am so grateful to have been given the unexpected opportunity to revisit my character when he was still a symbol of hope & optimism.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 16, 2021
Last night, Hamill took to Twitter to respond to Mandalorian Season 2 finale episode director, Peyton Reed. Reed had previously posted a “Thank You” note to Hamill for his incredible cameo appearance in the episode, “Chapter 16: The Rescue.”
Hamill also made a cameo, of sorts, in The Mandalorian Season 1 as the voice of droid bartender EV-9D9.
In the second season finale, however, Hamill — as a CGI de-aged version of Luke Skywalker during the Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi (1983) era — swooped in in an X-wing to rescue bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), Grogu (AKA The Child AKA Baby Yoda), New Republic Marshal Cara Dune (Gina Carano), sharpshooter Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), and Mandalorian warriors Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) and Koska Reeves (Mercedes Varnado/Sasha Banks) just when all hope seemed lost and it seemed as though Moff Gideon’s (Giancarlo Esposito) Dark Trooper squadron would send the crew straight to their untimely deaths.
Hamill’s reply read:
Dear @MrPeytonReed, I am so grateful to have been given the unexpected opportunity to revisit my character when he was still a symbol of hope & optimism. Your assured direction & kindness was a crucial element in the experience & means more to me than I can say. #ThankYOU
As kind and heartfelt as this Tweet is, some fans are now noting that it seems as though Hamill was actually endorsing retconning the Star Wars sequel trilogy — Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017), and Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019) — when he noted that he enjoyed playing Luke when he was “still a symbol of hope and optimism.”
Several ITM readers have been among the fans who believe Hamill was not-so-subtly calling out Rian Johnson for his experience — and Luke’s fate — in The Last Jedi.
Melinda T. wrote:
Finally, David M. specifically mentioned the general fan opinion of Johnson’s Star Wars movie:
This insinuates — rather strongly — that the iconic Jedi was only a symbol of positivity during his younger years, not during the sequels. If Hamill is, in fact, endorsing that Disney and Lucasfilm should erase the sequel trilogy, he isn’t alone.
The films have long divided the Star Wars fandom and backlash for Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, in particular, even led Rose Tico actress Kelly Marie Tran to enter therapy.
In fact, one Star Wars writer has already retconned the sequels in order to give multiple characters — including the original trilogy trio of Skywalker, Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and Princess General Leia Organa (the late Carrie Fisher) — the Skywalker Saga endings he (and many Star Wars fans) feel they deserved.
If, in fact, Lucasfilm executives opt to retcon the sequel trilogy — theoretically using the World Between Worlds in the upcoming Mandalorian spinoff, Ahsoka, for example — it would certainly open the door for Hamill to return to Star Wars in a larger way.
The actor — who previously stated he thought he was done playing Luke Skywalker — truly enjoyed his experience working with The Mandalorian cast and crew and fans have had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the cameo appearance.
Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau and executive producer Dave Filoni have not officially spoken out about whether or not they have plans for Luke Skywalker — or his Star Wars Legends wife, Mara Jade — to play a further role in The Mandalorian saga, but since Grogu left with Skywalker and beloved droid R2-D2, it seems likely we haven’t seen the last of the iconic Jedi.
What do you think? Should Lucasfilm retcon the Star Wars sequel films and allow Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker fate to be rewritten?