A couple of hours ago, Mark Hamill,, aka Luke mothereffin’ Skywalker, tweeted out a video of his beard being shaved off. No biggie; after all, he’s likely finished filming Star Wars: Episode VIII, aka Space Bear.
Why shouldn’t he let his chin breathe a while? In case you didn’t notice, Hamill added a little footnote that would seem to indicate Skywalker’s safe passage to the next Star Wars episode, specifically Episode IX.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) August 30, 2016
Some folks might just take it for granted that Luke will be around forever, but, if nothing else, The Force Awakens ***SPOILERS: MAJOR TFA SPOILERS*** proved no one is safe. After all … I don’t think anyone expected Han Solo would finally return just so that sniveling emo effwad son of his could kill Daddy. ***END TFA SPOILERS***
So, on that note, I’m quite happy and relieved that Hamill added the footnote. Presumably, TPTB are going to drag out Rey’s parentage as long as possible, and either we’ll find out during Rian Johnson’s Space Bear, or the mystery won’t fully unravel until IX.
Meanwhile, there’s a wacky rumor going around about Luke’s lineage — specifically, about his grandfather. If you don’t even want to contemplate such a thing, back on out now, because I’m going to throw it out there, even if I don’t believe it, myself. ***POSSIBLE EPISODE VIII SPOILERS AHEAD*** A purported (and unverified) YouTuber claims he/she has seen an Episode VIII script leak that reveals Anakin Skywalker’s father, one who has lured Luke by kidnapping Rey, may be …
Theoretically, by Snoke telling Luke he met Darth Vader and saying, “What father doesn’t meet his own creation?” the Supreme Leader implies that he is Anakin’s father and, therefore, Luke’s grandfather (and, therefore, possibly Rey’s great-grandfather?). Before you quickly wave away this posit, remember that Anakin was supposed to have been born of the force:
There was no father. I carried him, I gave birth, I raised him, I can’t explain what happened. (Shmi Skywalker)
Andy Serkis said of his character that he couldn’t have portrayed Snoke with practical effects:
The scale of him … he is large. Without giving too much away at this point, he has a very distinctive, idiosyncratic bone structure and facial structure. You could never have done it [in real life].
In other words, godly? Perhaps some physical manifestation of Anakin’s midi-chlorian parentage? Dubious as that video’s origins are, it’s an interesting theory. Everybody say, “Hmm.”