Warning: massive spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ahead! Read forward at your own risk!
Now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has officially debuted in theaters, it looks like the Star Wars franchise will never be the same. It leaves the galaxy far, far away in a position that we have never seen before, and it's evident that Rian Johnson has made some radical moves with his take on the franchise.
In the wake of the film's critical and commercial box office success, we're going to dive in and discuss the major questions that Episode VIII leaves us with. On that note, let's dive in and kick things off with a burning question about everyone's favorite Star Wars princess-turned-general.
How Will Episode 9 Deal With Leia?
If you have seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, then you already know that it raises more questions than it answers. One of the most essential of the bunch is the question of how J.J. Abrams' Episode IX plans to deal with the passing of Carrie Fisher last year. Leia Organa is still very much alive at the end of the most recent Star Wars movie, which means there is in-universe rationale to keep her alive. The tragic irony that Leia managed to wake up from her bed rest in The Last Jedi's final act is not lost on those of us who hoped that Ms. Fisher would do the same, and we now need to know how the Star Wars universe will explain her abridged role.
Is That The Last We Will See Of Luke?
Given the grand finale that Star Wars: The Last Jedi gives Luke Skywalker, it has us wondering whether or not we will ever actually see Mark Hamill return as the farmboy turned Jedi Master in a future film. The way he fades away seems to indicate that he may eventually turn into a Force Ghost in the same way that Yoda and Obi-Wan both transformed upon their respective deaths, which would open a possible door for him to return and guide Rey through the remainder of her Jedi training. It would make sense, given the history of the franchise as well as the fact that Carrie Fisher is no longer around to play her role, but it could also cheapen Luke's final stand.