Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi raised so many massive questions about the future (and the past) of this ongoing saga that we're just now wrapping our brains about the big answers that it gave us. Rey's parents? The importance of Snoke? All of it has been addressed. Head over here for a run down of that.
However, thanks to a recent interview Rian Johnson gave to The L.A. Times, there are smaller -- somewhat trivial, but still important -- issues that we now have with Star Wars after seeing a few things that happen in The Last Jedi. And no, they're not all about porgs (though they remain a mystery, those adorable little buggers). Instead, these inquiries involve Force Ghosts, and one Jedi Master who returned for a pivotal scene. Let's break down what we are wondering, what Johnson says on the matter, and how it changes what we think we might see moving forward.
Why Haven't We Seen Dark Force Ghosts?
This is an excellent question raised by the L.A. Times, and it's something we really hadn't considered until it was brought up. In the past, the Force Ghosts we have encountered have been Ben Kenobi, Yoda and Anakin Skywalker... only, he reverted to peaceful Anakin, and not Darth Vader, after he passed. In The Last Jedi, Yoda returns as a Force Ghost as counsels with his former protégé, Luke Skywalker. And we're already assuming that Luke will return as a Force Ghost in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX.
But does that mean we might see Snoke's Force Ghost, as well? There have not been Dark Force Ghosts in the Star Wars saga yet (that I can recall). And when asked about the possibility of them, Rian Johnson said:
That would be a fascinating twist, if apostles of the Dark Side of the Force, hellbent on preserving their legacies, finally learned that they could only master life after death by accepting the Light. Would they do it? It's the type of Big Picture topic Rian Johnson enjoyed raising in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and one I wonder if J.J. Abrams will continue with his sequel.
If Dark Side users were able to return as Force Ghosts, Snoke, Palpatine, Darth Maul and, of course, Darth Vader could all be fantastic candidates to reprise their roles in future stories. That being said, we haven't seen it yet, so I don't know if it's possible. Then again, The Last Jedi showed us a LOT of things that we haven't seen before. Which brings me to my next point.