Speculation is running wild as to what will happen in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but Mark Hamill has solved one Star Wars mystery: Luke Skywalker didn't die a virgin. Luke is, of course, Hamill's iconic role from the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Throughout the Star Wars series, Luke wasn't really seen to have many love interests, except for that one time where he was attracted to his sister. For the most part, Luke was more focused on becoming a Jedi and taking down the Empire than with finding his soulmate. After all, marriage is forbidden according to the Jedi Code since "Fear of loss is a path to the Dark Side" according to Yoda. Obviously, the importance of this rule was shown in the prequel trilogy with Anakin and Padmé's forbidden love, but Luke was clearly different than Darth Vader in a lot of ways. Luke met his demise in Star Wars: The Last Jedi after helping the Resistance escape the clutches of the First Order, but in Hamill's mind, Luke didn't die a virgin.
Hamill obviously has to be tight-lipped about his involvement in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but he had no problem replying to Lilah Sturges when she asked about Luke's virginity. When asking whether or not his character died a virgin, Hamill replied, "Make up your own backstory. It's undetermined, but in the one I made for him myself, the answer is: no." The full tweet with Hamill's reply can be seen below.
Make up your own backstory. It's undetermined, but in the one I made for him myself, the answer is: no.— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 17, 2019
In the past, Hamill has been very vocal about his beliefs for Luke. Star Wars fans will remember that Hamill once said he fundamentally disagreed with what Rian Johnson was doing with Luke's story arc in The Last Jedi, but he has since grown to regret his criticisms. Hamill has also revealed his original ideas concerning Luke in The Force Awakens, which would have reunited Luke, Han, and Leia. Most recently, Hamill hinted that his role in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker might just end up being a cameo.
Needless to say, Hamill always seems open to talking to his fans about Star Wars and Luke, even though he can't reveal anything about future movies. While Hamill can't officially confirm or deny whether Luke died a virgin, it does bring the expanded Star Wars universe into question. Star Wars Legends of course introduced Luke's wife named Mara Jade, who is a fan favorite character from the Star Wars novels. Together they had one child named Ben Skywalker, although neither Mara Jade nor their son have been introduced in the movies thus far and Star Wars Legends was removed from canon following Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm. After the title reveal of Episode IX and the fact that J.J. Abrams recently said there is more to learn about Rey's parentage, the truth behind Luke's virginity may actually be revealed in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - but probably not.
Source: Mark Hamill/Twitter
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