New Star Wars theory suggests Luke died long before 'The Last Jedi'
Sometimes the fan theories outside of the actual movies can be more fun than the Star Wars films themselves.
It's the fans who have the wild imaginations and the ideas that a restrictive major studio like Disney could never pull off. That's why, when it comes to the Star Wars fan community, sometimes you can get some pretty exciting ideas that will almost certainly never come to fruition in the movies.
Take this new fan theory from Reddit for example, which imagines kind of a Sixth Sense-style twist to the new saga, where Luke Skywalker had died long before Rey arrived on his island in The Last Jedi.
As one Reddit user writes:
He was killed when Kylo Ren attacked the Jedi Academy a decade ago. Luke didn't know how to turn into a ghost like Yoda and Obi Wan did (never learned that trick), so he was lost in some magical force plain of existence and couldn't really materialize before people. That's why he couldn't save Han, he couldn't kill Snoke, etc. He could only project visions into people's minds in one particular place in the galaxy that is strong with the force.
So we're seeing Rey on this island, having visions about Luke and Luke struggling to materialize himself as a force ghost. He's not really there, we're seeing everything from Rey's point of view, only visions of Luke. This is why we don't see Luke talking with Chewie, because Chewie can't see him. R2 was the closest sentient being to Luke when he died a decade before, so some part of Luke was in R2 which is why R2 was broken in Force Awakens.
Luke Skywalker is not some a**hole that doesn't care about his friends, he's a confused ghost that's disconnected from the universe of the living. Then once he's able to figure out how to project his ghost to the world of the living, he immediately goes and saves everyone.
Yes, sure there are some major holes that need some more explaining, but it's interesting nonetheless. It also provides an answer to why Luke simply vanished and became one with the Force after helping the Resistance escape at the end of The Last Jedi. If he was indeed stuck in some sort of Force limbo, it's possible that Rey contacting him, and Luke performing one last act of heroism was enough to set his spirit free with the Force.
It's fun to speculate about even though there's approximately .0001 percent chance of this ever happening in the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker. That is, unless... Disney, let M. Night Shyamalan direct a Star War, you cowards.