Writer/director Rian Johnson's newest addition to the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi, has received criticism by fans for a number of things, from ruining the legacy of Luke Skywalker to refusing to answer questions set up in The Force Awakens to simply being riddled with plot holes. As it turns out, though, one of those perceived plot holes actually has a pretty reasonable explanation behind it.
Speaking with IGN, Johnson discussed the climactic encounter between Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker -- or rather an astral projection of him -- and explained why Luke used his blue lightsaber, which was previously destroyed, instead of his green one.
"[Luke] is basically tailoring this projection to have maximum effect on Kylo," Johnson told IGN. "He knows that Kylo’s Achilles heel is his rage, and so that’s why he kind of makes himself look younger, the way Kylo would’ve last seen him in their confrontation at the temple, and that’s why he decided to bring Kylo’s grandfather’s lightsaber down there -- the lightsaber that Kylo screamed at Rey, ‘that’s mine, that belongs to me.’"
And as for why Kylo didn't recognize the blue lightsaber as the one that was destroyed in his struggle with Rey? Well, it turns out there's an explanation for that, as well.
"The truth is, we see the lightsaber split in half -- Kylo sees a blinding flash of light and is knocked unconscious, and then Rey takes the lightsaber away before he wakes up," Johnson said. "So if you really want to dig into it and get an explanation, you can say that he doesn’t 100 percent know what happened to the lightsaber."
Obviously, not everyone needs every detail in a movie spelled out for them, as they're able to allow their imaginations fill in the gaps. For those who require a little more hand-holding, though, perhaps this new information will help give them a greater appreciation for the latest Star Wars film.
Now in theaters nationwide, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson, and stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Benicio Del Toro as ‘DJ’, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, and the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa.