The Last Jedi might have a lot of haters, but one cannot deny that this movie adds a whole lot to the mythology of the
Star Wars franchise. If there is one thing that Rian Johnson has done well, it is this. He has explored much more of what could be done with The Force and a Force ghost.During a scene in this movie, Luke is seen getting ready to burn the Force tree at Ahch-To. Yoda then appears to guide him. Yoda then commands lightning and burns the tree himself. On screen, we have not seen a Force ghost do something like his. They have just spoken to the living. This is what Rian Johnson had to say about this:
“The truth is, because ‘Star Wars’ until ‘The Force Awakens’ has been set in amber and we hadn’t had a new ‘Star Wars’ movie in 10 years, you forget that they were introducing new Force stuff with each movie, based on the requirements of the story. Force-grabbing didn’t come around until ‘Empire,’ it wasn’t in ‘A New Hope.’ Same with Force ghosts. They’d introduce new ideas of what could happen with the Force each time…The one point where we do introduce a bit of a twist in terms of Force ghosts is where Yoda calls down the lightning onto the tree. That, I think, is a tantalizing hint of the potential of someone who is a Force ghost interacting with the real world.”
It is very easy to forget that the knowledge of The Force did not come at once. Rian Johnson has furthered the ways of the Force in The Last Jedi. But one thing that we have not seen so far is a Dark Side Force user making a return as a Force ghost.
Rian Johnson said,
“I think that would be interesting. We haven’t seen them in the movies as far as I can remember. But that would be interesting considering the dark side is about self-preservation, trying to find immortality and the notion that the light side got to it through selflessness, what would the dark side version of that look like? There’s so much cool [stuff] to think about if you’re willing to open your head a little bit!”
Rian Johnson may show the fans a whole lot about The Force, as he has now been tapped to develop a new Star Wars trilogy which will be set apart from our regular Skywalker saga.