We are running out of promotional material for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and one thing missing has been Luke Skywalker’s green lightsaber. Where is it?
Before we came across Luke at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, our last canonical meeting with him was at the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. It was then that we were introduced to Luke Skywalker’s new green lightsaber that he had crafted in between ROTJ and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Today, I want to take a look at what people are theorizing on this subject. I will also offer my opinion/theory on the subject at hand, but I want to inform you of what others are saying about this.
Luke has gone dark
Here we are with the most prevalent theory about Luke for this movie. Everyone assumes that due to the promotional material showing him on the dark side of the poster and his dark tone in the trailers that he has gone to the dark side.
Until this past week, this has been something that I think every Star Wars fan has had on their mind. Even Screen Rant has toyed with this idea as they looked into the assumed disappearance of Luke’s lightsaber. Their thought process was that Luke’s lightsaber was somehow damaged in a fight with Kylo Ren and when he attempted to repair it, his hatred and disappointment bled out his Kyber crystal.
However, the idea that Luke would venture to the dark side completely was officially declined by Mark Hammill earlier this week. Not only that, but one of the latest Darth Vader comics gives us more clarity on how one would bleed a Kyber crystal. It is something that cannot be done by accident, it is a process that is done intentionally.
Luke has abandoned it
It’s obvious that what Kylo Ren did to Luke and his learning Jedi has affected Luke quite a bit. There is the possibility that Luke really feels like the whole idea of a Jedi “needs to die” and therefore has done something with his lightsaber. This could be destroying it or hiding it somewhere.
This just sounds a little off and really is not something that I can bring myself to believe. This would paint the powerful Luke as a cranky “pacifist” type and that just doesn’t add up with what we know about Luke so far.
Luke lost it
I am starting to feel like this is the most likely of the possible scenarios out there. We do know that Luke possesses his green weapon sometime after ROTJ as we see in Battlefront II. However, there is yet to be anything canonically regarding Luke about his time in between this time and TFA.
So, the logical conclusion is that something has happened to cause Luke to lose his lightsaber in between TFA and ROTJ. This isn’t to say that Luke was clumsy enough to leave it in some Cantina on a random planet or accidentally set it down in some cave forgetting to grab it on his way out.
There had to be some kind of skirmish or fight that caused Luke to lose possession of it. This very well could have happened when Kylo Ren slaughtered his trainees or during another instance in this timeline.
In the end, we won’t have a clue as to what is up with the lack of this lightsaber being present in the promotional material until we see the movie. We may not even get our answer then. I have a strong feeling that we are going to get some really good canon novels that dive into a little bit more of Luke’s past as opposed to focusing on the fall of the “New Republic” and rise of the “First Order”.