Fans were elated to see Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill return to their iconic roles for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, now that Episode VIII The Last Jedi has officially wrapped filming, the time has come to start speculating on how the next film will continue to tie the saga together. We’ve already speculated on some fan-favorite characters who could make a comeback in Rian Johnson’s installment of the franchise but wanted to focus a bit more on a certain diminutive Jedi Master.
When moviegoers first met Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, he was presented as the living embodiment of the light side of the Force, a role he continued to play in the prequel trilogy. These films — divisive as they are — portray Yoda as the wisest living Jedi, the one that even senior members of the Jedi Council such as Mace Windu and Ki-Adi-Mundi would seek advice from. His position as the direct contrast to the absolute evil of Palpatine/Darth Sidious was made most apparent when the two locked lightsabers and ultimately ended their duel in a stalemate, leading Yoda to enter self-imposed exile for fear that his knowledge of the Force might be lost if he couldn’t triumph over the Sith.