Luke Skywalker has been alone with Porgs for a while when Rey finds him at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And, according to recent reports, he’s not going to be too happy about being pulled back into the whole “Jedi master” thing by Rey and all her enthusiasm.
The news that Luke maybe isn’t going to be the hopeful, wide-eyed, farm boy-turned-hero everyone grew to love in the original Star Wars trilogy came as a bit of a shock to many fans. Luke Skywalker has always been a bit of a beacon — even if that beacon tends to make a lot of mistakes and isn’t able to take a hint — and, suddenly, Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson decided that Luke wasn’t the gung-ho hero everyone remembered. He’s seen some shit, he’s a grumpy old man, and he just wants to be left alone.
But Rey isn’t going to let him, and Luke’s reported reluctance is already rubbing fans the wrong way.
However, a little bit of character growth, in one way or the other, is probably good for Luke. It’s Rey’s turn to be the one filled with hope. It’s her turn to save the galaxy — so she needs someone with some experience, who’s hopefully learned from those experiences, to lead her on her own path.
Luke had to change to remain relevant, and that’s totally okay.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, featuring old man Luke Skywalker, premieres in theaters on December 15.