Controversial Star Wars movie The Last Jedi saw a very different Luke Skywalker to the positive one from the original trilogy. A hermit on Ahch-To, he was reluctant to train Rey in the way of the Force. But what if there was more to his distance than meets the eye? What if, as a popular new fan theory argues, he was a Force ghost the entire time?
Reddit user SwingAndADrive wrote: “He was killed when Kylo Ren attacked the Jedi Academy a decade ago.
“Luke didn’t know how to turn into a ghost like Yoda and Obi-Wan did (never learned that trick), so he was lost in some magical force plain of existence and couldn’t really materialise before people.
“That’s why he couldn’t save Han, he couldn’t kill Snoke, etc. He could only project visions into people’s minds in one particular place in the galaxy that is strong with the force.
“So we’re seeing Rey on this island, having visions about Luke and Luke struggling to materialise himself as a Force ghost.”
They added: “He’s not really there, we’re seeing everything from Rey’s point of view, only visions of Luke.
“This is why we don’t see Luke talking with Chewie, because Chewie can’t see him.
“R2 was the closest sentient being to Luke when he died a decade before, so some part of Luke was in R2 which is why R2 was broken in The Force Awakens.
“Luke Skywalker is not some a**hole that doesn’t care about his friends, he’s a confused ghost that’s disconnected from the universe of the living. “Then once he’s able to figure out how to project his ghost to the world of the living, he immediately goes and saves everyone.”