Mark Hamill absolutely loved Star Wars: The Last Jedi's ending. While The Last Jedi remains one of the more controversial films of 2017, Hamill believes in the film's overall message, which encourages hope even in the darkest of times and promises that there will always be someone to pick up the work when others aren't able.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi's controversy stems in part from Luke Skywalker himself. The actor initially critiqued director Rian Johnson's approach to Luke in Episode VIII, something that backtracked multiple times. After initially saying that he fundamentally disagreed with the director's stance, the actor clarified that he ultimately learned to prefer Johnson's final vision in the end. Hamill has said he'd be fine not returning for future Star Wars films and even selected a successor if Lucasfilm ever decided to cast a young Luke Skywalker, probably because he believes the franchise is in good hands and that, if the ending is any indication, Luke - and, by proxy, Rey - have their legacies secured for generations to come.
In an interview with GamesRadar, Mark Hamill revealed that he loved Star Wars: The Last Jedi's ending with the Broom Boy, whose name is actually Temiri Blagg. The Last Jedi's ending saw a resurgent rebellion, the rise of Kylo Ren as Supreme Leader, and a young slave boy who was clearly Force sensitive - the last of which indicated that the Jedi are far from over. While many viewers took issue with the ending, Hamill actually loved it, particularly for what it implies.
"What I love particularly was - and they didn’t have to do this because the movie’s over - all of a sudden you cut to the stable and there’s that little boy, he puts out his hand and the broom comes to him. It’s so subtle, the first time I saw it I thought he just took it, but if you look he puts his hand out and it moves over for him, implying that yeah, she’s [Rey’s] the last Jedi... until the next Jedi. It’ll go on forever, believe me. Long after both of us are gone they’ll be making these films from here into eternity."
A startling fan theory hints that the Broom Boy's parentage might tie into the franchise's very beginning, making it very possible that the series will live on in characters both with and without legacies - the latter of which would be like Rey. While it's unknown if Blagg will return for Star Wars: Episode IX fans know that the franchise will at least see the return of Poe Dameron, Rey, and Finn, with Rey and Finn teaming up once again to defeat Kylo Ren's nefarious plans.
Hamill's love of the Broom Boy ending and the promise of a continued franchise should bode well for Star Wars fans, even if the legacy of Star Wars: The Last Jedi remains one of the least favorite entries in the saga. And considering how many offshoots Lucasfilm has in the works that are unrelated to the overarching Skywalker saga, there will be plenty of content for every kind of Star Wars fan out there.
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