Sequel Trilogy arguments don’t seem to be coming to an end any time soon, and most fans honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. Not everything is for everyone, so there’s a lot of room for pleasure and immense disappointment. Star Wars will live on so long as passionate fans are still discussing it, and this trilogy has given us a decade’s worth of discourse to enjoy in addition to the projects in the franchise’s future.
Pablo Hidalgo’s The Star Wars Book has revealed via Star Wars News Net and Twitter user Oozer that George Lucas’ story treatments also planned for Luke Skywalker to die in Episode VIII. The page from the book is titled “Luke Skywalker’s Destiny” and reads as follows:
Years before “The Last Jedi” began development, the treatment left behind by George Lucas in 2012 also had Episode VIII be the one wherein Luke Skywalker would die.
The new book "Star Wars Fascinating Facts" delivers on that title with this one: in George Lucas' 2012 treatment for the sequel trilogy, Luke died in Episode VIII. #StarWars pic.twitter.com/jcwhyGi967
— Andrew (@Oozer) October 13, 2020
The implications of this reveal will be interesting to see. It’s not hard to imagine that The Last Jedi will be taking a victory lap, while disgruntled fans will reject the notion and make note of the aforementioned possibility that it’s BS. One day, a tell-all book by Lucas laying out the facts regarding his original plans and the sale of his company would be fascinating, but that’s for a time far down the road, if ever.