If there was absolutely, positively one thing nice to say about the Star Wars prequels it’s that Samuel L. Jackson’s Mace Windu was a fairly badass character. He was one of the most the most powerful Jedi during the Clone Wars, sported a fly-as-hell purple lightsaber, and didn’t hesitate to decapitate errant bounty hunters like Jango Fett doing some shady business with evil dudes named Dooku. But, as was George Lucas’s wont, Windu met his match trying to do the right thing and exposing Emperor Palpatine as the evil puppetmaster behind the rise of the Empire. He was able to deflect Palpatine’s power lightning in Revenge of the Sith only long enough until Anakin Skywalker sliced his hand off before Palpatine sent Windu tumbling out of window in Coruscant to his death — or maybe not.
In a Twitter Q&A with fans, one follower asked Jackson about why the decision was made to off Windu in the prequels. Jackson fessed up that Lucas decided to do away with his character because “The only person left to kill that would mean anything in Episode III would be [Mace Windu].” But then Jackson added that he’s a Windu truther. “I’m not dead,” he said to his Twitter audience. “Jedis can fall incredibly high distances and not die.”
Jackson then doubled down on his Twitter conspiracy theory on Entertainment Weekly Radio. When the hosts asked if he really thought Windu was still alive, Jackson piped up saying, “Of course he is! Jedi can fall from amazing distances. And there’s a long history of one-handed Jedi. So why not?”
Unfortunately, the only person Jackson really told before bringing the idea to Twitter and EW’s radio show was former Star Wars mastermind George Lucas, who presumably had to be woken up from his bed made of billions of dollars, replied, “I’m okay with that. You can be alive,” because yeah who cares? While we’re at it, Darth Maul, General Grievous, that one Conehead Jedi guy, and Jango Fett are all alive too.
Considering Lucas has nothing to do with the saga any more, it’s probably safe to say that while a seasoned Jedi like Windu could fall from a great distance and live, any truth to the idea will most likely only be in Expanded Universe comic book offshoots or fan fiction. Despite how super-fly that purple lightsaber was, don’t go getting your hopes up for a Mace Windu standalone movie anytime soon, folks.