Star Wars Betting: Will Luke Skywalker Die in The Last Jedi?
It’s almost November, which means we now have to wait less than two months for the release of the eighth installment of the Star Wars series, The Last Jedi. The film, directed by Rian Johnson, is set to hit theaters on December 15, and it’s going to smash all sorts of box office records.
It’s also safe to say that we’re going to have to say goodbye to a few of the series’ beloved characters. We lost (SPOILER ALERT) Han Solo in The Force Awakens, which was beyond tragic. How do you kill off Han Solo?? Fortunately, we’re set to get another dosage of Han when Solo: A Star Wars Story comes out midway through next year.
BetOnline has a few prop bets related to what we’ll see in The Last Jedi. Let’s break them down, shall we?
Who Will Get More Screen Time?
- Poe Dameron +185
- Finn -225
Finn, played by John Boyega, was one of the primary protagonists in The Force Awakens. He didn’t die, so we’re going to get more of him in The Last Jedi. While early indications are that Rey will be more of a focal point in this one, Finn still has a large role to play.
Poe Dameron, portrayed by Oscar Isaac, was supposed to die in Awakens. We see him rescue Finn before crashing his X-wing on Jakku. Finn is ejected from the fighter, while we presume Poe died in the crash. However, he returns later in the film. J.J. Abrams, who directed Awakens, said he originally planned to kill off Dameron before changing his mind because he liked the character. So, Isaac will reprise his role in the newest film.
Because he was expected to be a bit character, Poe didn’t get much screen time in Episode VII. Poe racked up eight minutes and 45 seconds of screen time in the last movie. Finn, meanwhile, was on the screen for 30 minutes. In a completely unrelated and enraging note, Jar Jar Binks logged just over 20 minutes of screen time in the previous trilogy
While we can expect Poe to play a larger role in the newest movie, we’re still more invested in Finn’s storyline. Neither will likely log as much time as Rey, but we’re going to side with the favorite here.
Will Kylo Ren Kill Leia?
- Yes +400
- No -550
Kylo Ren, the antagonist in Awakens, wound up killing Han Solo. How dare he. We also found out that Kylo is actually named Ben Solo, as he’s the son of Han and Leia Organa. Kylo felt abandoned by his parents, which is what led him toward the Dark Side. Han tried to get Kylo to come back home and be with his parents, but Ren responded by piercing his own father through the chest with his lightsaber. Yikes.
Could he come for his mother next? It’ll be interesting to see how much we see of Leia in Jedi. As you surely know, Carrie Fisher, who portrays Leia, tragically passed away due to cardiac arrest last December. Fisher had already completed her filming for the role, so the filmmakers, fortunately, won’t have to resort to some kind of computer animation in order to portray her.
We don’t know if it’s necessary that her character dies, though. Ren is surely enraged by his past, but he already took it out on Han. Does he really need to get his revenge against Leia, too?
Will Rey’s Parents be Revealed?
- Yes -550
- No +340
The prevailing fan conspiracy theory regarding Rey’s heritage is that she is somehow related to Luke Skywalker. Luke has been in exile for years, which may help explain why Rey does not know who her parents are or where she came from. That’s a question left unanswered through Awakens, though there seems to be a strong chance that her lineage could be revealed in Jedi.
For starters, we see late in Awakens that Rey has some pretty serious power with the Force, which indicates that she’s got some Jedi blood. That alone isn’t enough to confirm that she is, in fact, Luke’s daughter, but it’s a start.
We also see Rey and Luke meet on the desolate planet Ahch-To at the end of Awakens. Rey presents Luke his original lightsaber as the movie fades to black. It seems obvious that Jedi will pick up right where Awakens left off with Rey and Luke figuring out what to do next.
Because it seems as though Rey will be the focal point of this film, it seems like a certainty that we’ll get some answers regarding her parents’ identities. Luke seems like an obvious answer right now, but it’s certainly not a guarantee.
Will Rey Turn to the Dark Side?
- Yes +400
- No -700
Will Kylo Ren Turn to the Light Side?
- Yes +350
- No -600
Here we have a couple of different props essentially asking the same thing. Will Rey, a protagonist, turn to the Dark Side and become a villain? Or will Kylo Ren, the antagonist, see the light and reject the Dark Side?
Rey turning to the Dark Side would be quite the twist, and it’s one we can’t envision actually happening. Unless she meets Luke and decides she hates him, for some reason, why would she suddenly turn and fight for the First Order? She spent all of Awakens on the side of The Resistance.
In the trailer for The Last Jedi, we see Kylo Ren reaching for Rey’s hand as she says, “I need someone to show me my place in all this.” Hmm…that could mean anything! It could just as easily mean Rey is turning Dark as it does Kylo is becoming a good guy.
We like the value in Rey turning dark at +400. That said…
Could Kylo see the light? This one is more interesting. We see hits in Awakens that suggest that Kylo Ren may not be all that bad on the inside. He seems to share a sentimental moment with Han, only to then stab him through the chest. Were those fake emotions? Or did he really feel something in that split second?
Villains becoming good guys is something we’ve seen with Star Wars in the past, too. Darth Vader, seemingly the most evil villain in the franchise, seemed to take a turn toward the Light Side shortly before his death as he threw the Emperor into the Death Star’s reactor shaft. If Darth Vader is redeemable, why can’t Kylo Ren be, too?
It’s one of the few bets on the board with profit potential. While it’s obviously no guarantee that it happens at all, let alone in this movie, it’s still a possibility.
Will Luke Skywalker Die?
- Yes +155
- No -210
The film being entitled The Last Jedi could be quite telling. Luke, who was exiled, is commonly thought to be the last living Jedi, and nobody was even quite sure whether he was even still alive in the first place. Now that we know he is, could he die in Jedi?
We’ve already had one legendary character cruelly taken from us. Could Luke be next?
We don’t have official word, but it has been rumored that Mark Hamill is scheduled to reprise his role as Luke in Episode IX, which will come out sometime in 2019. If Hamill is in Episode IX, does that confirm that Luke lives through Episode VIII? Not necessarily.
We’ve seen dead characters come back before. Remember in Return of the Jedi when we see the ghosts of Anakin, Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi together? For all we know, Luke returns as a ghost for a brief stint in Episode IX.
We also have some interesting comments from Hamill himself. When asked about the movie, Hamill told Fandango, “I think you’ll find some things that’ll surprise you. They certainly surprised me. I said to Rian Johnson, I think I fundamentally disagree with everything you’ve decided for me. Now having said that, I have to accept it, get my mind around it and do my best to realize your vision.”
He doesn’t explicitly say it, but it sounds as though Hamill is a bit dismayed by what happens to Luke in this film. Unfortunately, we think Luke’s gonna die in The Last Jedi.
Will Snoke be Revealed as Jar Jar Binks?
- Yes +5000
- No -6600