Han Solo’s death near the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a tragedy, but not a wholly unexpected one. The Star Wars franchise has a penchant for killing off mentor figures to inspire their proteges, and Harrison Ford almost certainly didn’t want to stick around for an unforeseen number of sequels. The Force Awakens (Episode VII) was Han Solo’s swan song, with a good chunk of the runtime going to everyone’s favorite intergalactic smuggler. This was done at the expense of another original trilogy star — Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, who appeared only briefly at the film’s end.
As such, Episode VIII is primed to give us far more of the original Skywalker, showing us what became of him after the end of Return of the Jedi. This begs the question — will Luke be the next original cast member to go?
Here are a few reasons we think he might.