The decision to only feature Luke Skywalker at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens feels ingenious but one can’t help but feel some regret that we don’t get to see more of him in the 2015 film. Incidentally, Mark Hamill felt the same way. He explains how he would have had Luke return for one of the important moments of The Force Awakens. He believes that Luke should have seen Han Solo killed by Kylo Ren.
“Remember, one of the plots in the films before was a communication by telepathy between my sister and I. I thought ‘Carrie is likely to sense Han in danger and contact me. She won’t succeed so she will go by herself. Frustrated.’ Then we will find ourselves together which, by the way, is something I loved about the original film when we were on the Death Star. It was fun! I thought it would have been more effective, still, do, that Leia would go as far as she could and just when she is caught, maybe even on the brink of death – Ba-boom! I come in and blow him away. The two of us would then go to where Han is fighting his son but we would be too late!”
You can’t deny that this would have been some cool stuff to watch. During his interview with Vanity Fair, Mark Hamill went on to add more details why the above scenario would have worked excellently and why he still feels that it should have been included. He explained why Luke Skywalker and Princess Leis witnessing Han’s death would have added an emotional edge to the Last Jedi, saying,
“That’s important because we see his death which carries a serious personal contribution into the next picture. As it stands, Chewie is there but there is not much you can get out of his wail and that of two people who only knew Han for 20 minutes”
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) April 14, 2017
Again, we can’t argue with this. However, I believe J. J Abrams and the team played the long game in keeping Skywalker hidden to the end of the film. Imagine if he suddenly returned in two minutes after having been missing for years, and then watching Han die! My heart would not have taken it! I am also certain that the series would also have lost it following because how could one even top that? His return was, instead saved for the last moments which gave the film a rousing conclusion and made fans all the more anxious for The last Jedi. And it appears we finally see it on December 15!