After making the briefest of appearances in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mark Hamill returned to the galaxy far, far away this past weekend as fans finally got to catch up with Luke Skywalker post-Return of the Jedi in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And, as we saw from the film, director Rian Johnson delivered a definitive conclusion to the Luke Skywalker story, with the Jedi Master becoming one with the force after manifesting a projection of himself to face Kylo Ren and allow the Resistance to escape the First Order following the Battle of Crait.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Johnson revealed that he’d had extensive discussions with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and the Lucasfilm Story Group before committing to the death of Luke Skywalker.
“I had huge hesitance,” said Johnson. “I was terrified.