Star Wars is sophisticated. Sophisticated because it is an intricate story with seemingly labyrinthian plotlines interwoven to create this wonderful narrative. It is the reason there are so many different opinions and thought processes when it comes to the same thing we all watch.
And the reason after so many years watching it, you can discover new things whispered into the story. Lately, it has been the sacrifice of the Jedi that I have discovered is a crucial backbone to the overall plot of Star Wars and especially the soon-to-be-completed Skywalker Saga.
I begin this journey with Luke Skywalker.
Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi was a grumbling hermit who was peeved by the Jedi and was silently waiting for his death to come. Many viewers got a sour taste in their mouth seeing him in such a mental state. This wasn’t the hero they knew from the Original Trilogy, the man who destroyed the Death Star, who fought tirelessly on the Rebellion’s behalf, who saved his father from the clutches of Emperor Palpatine. Who was this new Luke Skywalker?
To find out, you have to go back to The Phantom Menace and to Qui-Gon Jinn.
Qui-Gon was a Jedi who slightly deviated from the strict rules of the Jedi. Despite his profound wisdom, he was denied a seat on the Jedi Council. His astuteness, however, led him to the Prophecies that hinted at the Chosen One, the individual who would bring balance to Force.
Finding those Prophecies, he discovered that great sacrifice would come. As was revealed in the book written by Claudia Gray, Master and Apprentice, one prophecy states: Only through sacrifice of many Jedi will the Order cleanse the sin done to the nameless. The danger of the past is not past, but sleeps in an egg. When the egg cracks, it will threaten the galaxy entire. When the Force itself sickens, past and future must split and combine. A Chosen One shall come, born of no father, and through him will ultimate balance in the Force be restored.
Immediately, Qui-Gon understands that, for the Force to reach its balance, he and many other unwilling Jedi, will be sacrificed for the greater good. He knew he could not train two Jedi, the council would not allow it. Furthermore, he knew if he stayed alive, these things would never happen. So, in his battle with Darth Maul, he accepted his fate and died by the Sith’s hand.
His apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, thusly eliminated Maul, and as he held a dying Qui-Gon his arms, his master ordered him to train Anakin Skywalker, knowing that he would be the one to balance the Force.
Many years later and the Chosen One has turned to the Dark Side and in doing so brings ruin to the Jedi Order. In one fell swoop, countless Jedi Knights were killed. Sacrificed.
It is the story of the Jedi.
Obi-Wan sacrificed himself.
Anakin sacrificed himself for Luke Skywalker.
You could even say Han Solo, who was keen to the idea of the Jedi and witnessed the end of Obi-Wan, sacrificed himself to set his son, Ben Solo, on the right path. The hand on his son’s face says it all.
Then, we return to Luke Skywalker.
As people were dissatisfied with his narrative in TLJ, they were also very disillusioned by his death. Just after he redeemed himself; facing the First Order and his nephew, buying time for the Resistance to flee Crait, he dies from exertion? Really?
He knew by doing all those things, he would immediately die. And yet, there’s a peacefulness to his deed because he understands that it was what was needed to set the Force in motion. For Rey and Kylo Ren to be the sole proprietors of the Light and the Dark.
And because he knew Palpatine is out there just as much a ghost as his former masters.
Remember, Palpatine is making a return in The Rise of Skywalker. Is it so much to say that he, too, sacrificed himself when he fell down the chute in the Death Star? He is the most diabolical, clever Sith there is. He can foresee moments in the future.
No doubt he comprehended his death by the hand of Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker. It was the reason he had so many contingency plans.
Luke Skywalker learned many things in his time after The Return of the Jedi. He may have unearthed that somehow, Palpatine learned how to pass into the Force as Qui-Gon once did.
It’s all very interesting.
But the moral to this article is that the Jedi, throughout the Skywalker Saga, have willingly and unwillingly sacrificed themselves for the greater good. So, when you watch Luke’s death at the end of The Last Jedi, remember all the countless Jedi before him who sacrificed for the healing of the Force.
I thank you for reading my sister’s enthralling analysis of the Skywalker saga and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force be with you, always.