“Oh, you think you’re a Jedi? Not so fast”: Mark Hamill Won’t Be Pleased Knowing What Dave Filoni Thinks of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars

Dave Filoni argues about Luke Skywalker's status as a full-fledged Jedi Knight but he is mistaken for one key reason.

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SUMMARY

  • Luke Skywalker underwent training to become a Jedi under Master Yoda and defeated the Empire, proving himself in the process.
  • However, The Mandalorian executive producer Dave Filoni has argued that Luke wasn't a Jedi since Yoda did not officially make him one.
  • Filoni's argument is mistaken since Yoda confirms Luke will be the last Jedi after his death in Return of the Jedi and the sequels reaffirm the same.
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Luke Skywalker is one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe, having played a central role in the original trilogy. Played by Mark Hamill, the original trilogy sees Luke training to become a full-fledged Jedi Knight and harnessing the ability to use the Force. In the end, Luke defeats the Empire seemingly becoming a Jedi in the process.

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Luke Skywalker is one of the most popular Jedi Knights in Star Wars (Lucasfilm).

However, Dave Filoni, the executive producer of The Mandalorian, has debated Luke’s status as a Jedi. During an interview, Filoni spoke about Luke’s status and refused to believe that he had accomplished himself as a Jedi. Filoni’s claims will not only displease actor Mark Hamill but also disappoint fans. Here is what Filoni had to say about Luke not being a Jedi and why he is wrong.

Dave Filoni Does Not Think of Luke Skywalker as Jedi in Star Wars

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Dave Filoni thinks Luke Skywalker is not a Jedi (Credit: Star Wars | YouTube)

The Mandalorian season 2 saw Luke Skywalker make a surprise return to the galaxy far, far away coming in to save Grogu and Din Djarin. In the spin-off The Book of Boba Fett, Grogu undergoes training to become a Jedi under Luke.

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Despite this, executive producer Dave Filoni has argued that Luke wasn’t an official member of the Jedi Order. During an interview ahead of The Mandalorian season 3, Filoni and showrunner Jon Favreau gave a joint interview to ScreenRant.

In the interview, the duo was asked about Grogu’s destiny and potential as a Jedi Mandalorian. In response, Filoni argued about what defined a Jedi, further opining that Luke Skywalker wasn’t one.

Yoda didn’t confirm that he was a Jedi remember? He says, “Oh, you think you’re a Jedi? Not so fast.” He had to pass the trials.

Filoni made the above statement highlighting how Luke hadn’t been christened as an official Jedi Knight. While Filoni’s argument seems to stem from the lack of a Jedi Order during the original trilogy, it will certainly upset fans and actor Mark Hamill, given Luke’s widely accepted status as a Jedi.

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Why Dave Filoni Is Mistaken About Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Status

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in a still from Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Luke Skywalker was the last Jedi and the sequels have confirmed the same (Lucasfilm).

After Filoni claimed that Luke was arguably not a full-fledged Jedi Knight, Favreau was quick to remind the executive producer about Yoda’s comment in Return of the Jedi. In the film, when Luke returns to Dagobah to complete his training, Yoda admits that Luke is on the path to becoming a Jedi.

You’ll be the last Jedi when I’m gone.

Yoda famously made the above statement in the film, tasking Luke with confronting Darth Vader as his final trial before becoming a Jedi. While Luke completes the trial, Yoda is long gone by then, so it can be argued that there was no Jedi Master around to formally induct Luke into the Jedi Order.

Despite the lack of formalities, Luke is believed to be a Jedi, and The Mandalorian confirms the same when Din Djarin entrusts him with training Grogu. Similarly, the sequel trilogy also acknowledges Luke as a Jedi, with the title of The Last Jedi quite literally referencing his status. Hence, there is no denying that Luke was indeed a Jedi Knight even though he was never formally given the status by a Master.

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Pratik Handore

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Pratik is a writer at FandomWire, with a content writing experience of five years. Although he has a Bachelors in Hospitality, his fascination with all things pop culture led him to writing articles on a variety of topics ranging from latest streaming releases to unheard movie trivia. When not writing, you can find him reading manga, or watching classic TV shows.