Luke Skywalker has been a large topic of conversation in the Star Wars fandom. Why is he still on that island? Why does he want the Jedi to end? Questions that actor Mark Hamill has been dancing around. However, in an interview with Disney Insider, he gives us a solid answer as to what’s going on with Luke. A least very, very, very small answers.

Fans have been nervous, given we heard Hamill say that he fundamentally disagreed with how Luke was in The Last Jedi. When an original trilogy character says something’s wrong, your ears perk up. But Hamill has done his best to clear up any bad feelings on it. In the first question, he’s asked how much Luke has changed over the years and his words give us hope.

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Disney Insider: Has Luke’s character changed over the years?
Mark Hamill: Actually, I don’t think Luke’s fundamental personality has changed, except that he is older and his life experiences have shaped his outlook the same way they do for all of us.

DI: Luke has been described as “dark” in this film. Would you agree?
MH: In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Luke has lost confidence in his ability to make good choices. It haunts him to the core. But he hasn’t gone to the dark side. This isn’t an evil version of him. But it’s still an incarnation of the character I never expected. It has pulled me out of my comfort zone. It’s a real challenge

The farmboy is still in there somewhere. But, he flat out says that Luke hasn’t gone to the Dark Side. Which is fairly appreciated, given the marketing of the film has put Luke in some Dark Side positions. One then begins to wonder what kind of character Luke is that pulls Hamill out of his comfort zone. I’m doing my best not to speculate!

One of the other things is Hamill’s praise of director and writer Rian Johnson. It’s amazing that while he initially disagreed with what Johnson was doing, he then went to him concerning the character. While it sounds like Hamill wasn’t given Luke’s full history, he collaborated with Johnson on what that might be.

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I couldn’t have done this without Rian. The Star Wars saga is such a huge responsibility. There was one day when Rian and I were meeting and I told him, “This is so high profile, I have to admit, I’m terrified.” He looked at me and said, “I am too.” Rian is so gifted. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him. I couldn’t have done this role without his judgment and input. I believe in him. I believe in his judgment completely. Every step of the way I let him be my guru. If he’s happy with a scene, then I’m happy.

This interview has given me a bit of solace. While we’ve heard and have again heard that Luke is a broken man, it’s comforting to know that he’s still Luke Skywalker. Not a shell of the man that once was. And, by that, we hope that Rey will be part of Luke’s redemption and his path to confidence after he failed Ben Solo. There’s still so much to learn but for now, we’ll have to count down the days till we can see Luke’s story for ourselves.

What do you think of Mark Hamill’s words? Are you excited or still worried about Luke Skywalker’s plot? Let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more Star Wars news! The Last Jedi blasts to theaters December 15th. (37 days!)

Erin Lynch