The Mandalorian has brought all Star wars fan together through its narrative and yes through Baby Yoda as well but just when you thought Disney and Lucasfilm had finally pivoted away from the extended Skywalker clan after J.J. Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker drew the nine-movie arc to a close, then comes the finale of The Mandalorian which made internet to meltdown and open up a whole host of new storytelling possibilities.
The de-aging technology used in the last episode of the Mandalorian to bring back the vintage Original Trilogy era Luke Skywalker made fans go crazy as he sliced and diced his way through an entire battalion of Dark Troopers using his lightsaber and force, came face to face with Din Djarin and even walked away with Baby Yoda in his arms for good measure.
This has sparked numerous reports that Luke Skywalker could become an important part of the Disney small screen mythology as it moves forward. If the latest fan theory is to be believed then The Ashoka Tano Show may be the catalyst to retcon one of the most unpopular narrative decisions from the already divisive The Last Jedi.
For many fans around the world, Episode VIII ‘The Last Jedi’ went completely opposite to Luke’s established characterization as he was turned from the galaxy’s shining beacon of hope into a bitter old man who wanted nothing to do with anyone or anything he’s ever believed in, something that Mark Hamill admitted he wasn’t too thrilled about.
Ashoka already has the narrative middle ground between Anakin and Luke as she served as Anakin’s Padawan in the Clone Wars before pointing Grogu in the direction of other Jedi in The Mandalorian. The theory which was published on Reddit says that Ashoka could warn Luke about the dangers of carrying on the legacy of the Jedi.
As explained over on Reddit:
I posit that Ahsoka will cross paths with Luke and Grogu at some point during her season- possibly spanning two episodes. The first part of their meeting is complete chill-inducing awesomeness. Anakin’s Padawan meeting his son, who redeemed him. Just imagining Filoni getting to tell that story is incredible. So warm fuzzies all around until Ahsoka is ready to move on to continue her mission. Luke asks her to stay/return to work with him to rebuild the Jedi and Ahsoka is NOT down, and warns Luke about what sucked about the Jedi and even worse, that what Grogu and her survived could easily happen again. In a tragic bit of irony, Luke defies Ahsoka’s warnings just like she always defied his father’s, because we know he did rebuild a Jedi Temple. So, when said temple is destroyed by Kylo Ren (& others?) Luke is equally destroyed. He played a part in losing his nephew to the dark side. He couldn’t protect the other students in his care. Worst of all, he was warned by someone who knew better ~20 years earlier. That’s why he walks away from being a Jedi and eventually cuts himself off from the force. He was belatedly heeding Ahsoka’s warning as penance.
Canonically, we know that Luke starts his own Academy before Ben Solo’s emerging Dark Side powers slowly begin his transformation into Kylo Ren and force his uncle into exile, but there’s clearly plenty of ground to cover in between The Mandalorian and The Force Awakens, and Ahsoka could provide the connective tissue to explain how Luke turned out the way he did when we met him again in The Last Jedi.
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