Mark Hamill thinks that Luke could still choose the dark side. Earlier today, the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released, and there is a lot to be excited about. The trailer promises that the Skywalker saga will continue with lots of excitement and adventure, but the main focus was on Rey, who will continue to learn how to use her Jedi powers. There is a general assumption that Luke - who she found at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens - will train her the same way Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda trained him. But the last line of the trailer indicates that he may not choose that path - "I only know one truth. It's time for the Jedi to end."
If Luke believes that the time of the Jedi is over, it does not seem likely that he will train a new Jedi Knight. He's also lived in isolation for a very long time, without contact with anyone and harboring massive guilt for his nephew Ben turning to the dark side. There is no indication yet of what kind of person he has become during all of this time. He might be a very different man than the one seen at the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
In an interview with ABCNews, Hamill talked about how the teaser trailer avoided the main story points, except for in his final line:
"There's a difference between teaser and a trailer. A teaser is supposed to show you dynamic images that heighten your awareness and make you want to see the trailer, but avoid all story points if at all possible. [But] I think that's the only story point that’s in the teaser, which is Luke saying it's time for the Jedi to end... It was as shocking to me to read what Rian [Johnson] had written as I'm sure it will be for the audience."
And when asked asked whether Luke might turn to the dark side - "It's possible, anything's possible".
Whether Luke might join the dark side was a constant theme of the original trilogy. From his Aunt Beru's line stating, "He has too much of his father in him," and Luke's vision of himself as Vader to nearly killing Emperor Palpatine, Luke has always walked a fine line. Unlike the traditionally incorruptible hero, Luke was shown to be young, hot-headed, and quick to lose his temper in the earlier films. He managed to always choose the light side in the end, but it has not always been an easy choice for him. With the torch being passed to the next generation, and the possibility of Luke's story coming to an end, anything really is possible.
Luke choosing a side might also mirror Finn's story, as the former member of the First Order will also be making a decision about which side he is really on. Luke was kept from his father and raised to the light, whereas Finn was raised to be a solider for the First Order. Seeing which side these opposites align to is certainly going to be interesting.
Now that Luke has lived in isolation for years and blamed himself for Kylo Ren, it may not be so easy for him to keep the Dark Side at bay in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. As Rey points out in the trailer, there has to be a balance between the two sides. Without darkness, there can be no light.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019