There are still decades of Luke Skywalker’s life to explore and ample room in the galaxy for new adventures outside the traditional timeline
- Warning: contains spoilers
Did the closing episode of The Mandalorian’s second season just give us the final appearance of Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker in Star Wars? If so, the return of the original Jedi knight to carry away Baby Yoda to a future under his care, looks like a fitting farewell to the boy from Tatooine who destroyed the evil Empire. Especially as his last hurrah as a force ghost in the appalling The Rise of Skywalker let the side down.
Yet what if this isn’t the end, but rather the beginning? Disney-owned Lucasfilm currently has a problem on its hands, one that Hamill and an army of CGI technicians are more than ready to handle: Star Wars fans can’t wait for the umpteen new TV shows that are due to spin off from The Mandalorian. Efforts based on Obi-Wan Kenobi’s middle years, Boba Fett’s later period and Ahsoka Tano’s post Clone Wars antics are perhaps the most heavily anticipated – but there is very little interest in more Skywalker clan-linked efforts of the kind that fuelled the space opera saga for nine movies after JJ Abrams inadvertently Death Starred the entire franchise last time out.