Why Did Luke Skywalker Choose His Old Blue Lightsaber For The Crait Showdown?

There’s an explanation for everything in Star Wars, and we mean everything! So what about that showdown?

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In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, many fans have pondered why Luke Skywalker chose to project his old blue lightsaber instead of his green one during his showdown with Kylo Ren on Crait. After all, the last time Luke and Kylo were together was when Kylo was still Ben Solo, and we witness Luke using his green lightsaber when he confronts his nephew about the growing darkness in him.


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So on Crait, when Luke projects himself onto the battlefield, he uses the blue lightsaber, which always felt like an odd choice to me. Sure, it was cool to see it in his hands again, but why not the green one that originated in Return of the JediEpisode VIII director and writer Rian Johnson talked to IGN.com recently and had this to say:

“[Luke] is basically tailoring this projection to have maximum effect on Kylo. He knows that Kylo’s Achilles heel is his rage, and so that’s why he kind of makes himself look younger, the way Kylo would’ve last seen him in their confrontation at the temple, and that’s why he decided to bring Kylo’s grandfather’s lightsaber down there — the lightsaber that Kylo screamed at Rey, ‘that’s mine, that belongs to me.'”

But if you recall, didn’t Kylo see the lightsaber get pulled apart on the Star Destroyer in his battle with Rey?

“We as an audience saw that… The truth is, we see the lightsaber split in half — Kylo sees a blinding flash of light and is knocked unconscious, and then Rey takes the lightsaber away before he wakes up. So if you really want to dig into it and get an explanation, you can say that he doesn’t 100 percent know what happened to the lightsaber.”

Man, Johnson really did think of everything.

And that’s why The Last Jedi was so brilliant. The attention to detail is second to none in Star Wars, and Johnson took things to a new level with Episode VIII. For more on the movie, including our sterling review, our Spoilercast podcast, and how Adam Driver & Daisy Ridley created the chemistry between them, keep it locked to The Geekiverse.


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