Skywalker’s Exit Shakes the Galaxy

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Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker

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Anyone who’s ever seen any Star Wars anything has heard the name “Luke Skywalker” at least once. From wistful farm boy to one of the greatest Jedi Masters in the galaxy, the legendary underdog portrayed by Mark Hamill in both the films and the spinoff series has been a cinematic icon for years. However, his career as the character is now officially over.

Mark Hamill at the Rise of Skywalker premiere
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Next to the Joker in DC’s animated universe, Luke Skywalker has been Hamill’s most prolific role. Having played the heroic Jedi since 1977, he’s been at the same act for decades. His retirement is definitely well-earned, but what does this mean for Star Wars fans?

Luke Skywalker Loses the Lightsaber

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) wielding a lightsaber in Return of the Jedi
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It’s amazing how a single role can define an actor’s career. It’s even more astounding when that same role continues to be culturally relevant for nearly half a century. Hamill has done far more with his time on screen than Luke Skywalker, but his presence in the franchise has helped shape the galaxy as we know it.

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In a recent interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Hamill expressed his thoughts on continuing the role. The actor stated,

“I mean, they have so many stories to tell, they don’t need Luke anymore. I had my time, and that’s good. But that’s enough.”

Although certainly a blow to the fanbase, Hamill’s departure is going to have a profound effect on the Star Wars story. Fans might not see Luke Skywalker return anytime soon, but that factor honestly opens more doors than it closes.

Along with other classic characters like Han, Chewie, and Leia, Luke’s central involvement in the great space saga laid the foundation for everything that followed. From Clone Wars to Visions, the name of Skywalker has been echoed throughout the galaxy for as long as most fans can remember. Now that he’s become one with the Force, what does this mean for the franchise?

mark hamill as luke skywalker in empire strikes back hand dismemberment scene
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The biggest change Hamill’s absence brings to the franchise is the supposed Heir to the Empire adaptation. It’s practically impossible to make a true-to-form adaptation of a novel when your main character retires the role. That being said, the conclusion of Luke’s narrative only leaves Disney and Lucasfilm with moSre than ample opportunity to grow the universe and experiment with its materials.

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Hamill is 100% right when he says that there are still so many stories to tell. Even while writing, there are still new stories, spinoffs, and other tales brewing across the galaxy.  With the upcoming Ahsoka series and several other entries in the great space opera, Star Wars is far from finished.

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