Warning: There are spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi below, but if you haven't seen it by now you need to take a good, long look at your life and your choices.
Few people likely went into Star Wars: The Last Jedi expecting Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to die. If anything, we worried about General Leia Organa's fate in the wake of Carrie Fisher's tragic 2016 death. Even if you did suspect this would be Luke's final hurrah, you can probably admit that the way the iconic character goes out at the emotional conclusion of the film still comes as quite a shock. That being said, if you've finally recovered from the gut-punch of a moment you might want to sit down, because a heartbreaking detail about one of his last scenes will have you feeling emotional all over again.
At the end of the film it's revealed that Luke, having just defeated Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in a lightsaber duel and saved the Resistance from certain destruction, has actually been Force-projecting himself onto planet Crait this whole time — he was never actually there. The effort of projecting himself in such a way over such a far distance is too much for Luke and it ends up killing him. As the sun sets on Ahch-To, he disappears into thin air and finally becomes one with the Force.
As if that isn't a bittersweet enough ending, writer J.M. McNab happened to notice that there's another layer to Luke's death that some fans might not have picked up on at first, which he shared on Twitter. "Just realised that Luke Skywalker's story begins with Leia sending a projection of herself asking for help, and ends with Luke sending a projection to help Leia," he tweeted.
Just realized that Luke Skywalker's story begins with Leia sending a projection of herself asking for help, and ends with Luke sending a projection to help Leia. pic.twitter.com/VdMXcFyvco— JM McNab (@jmmcnabagain) April 11, 2018
As you (hopefully) recall from the franchise's first film, A New Hope, Princess Leia sends a hologram with the help of R2D2 containing the now iconic phrase, "Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope."
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If that's not a perfect full-circle moment, we don't know what is. Now, if you'll excuse us, we're going to go find someone who can slap us 41 times in a row to snap us out of this sadness.