The Skywalker Saga of Star Wars concluded last year with the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The film wrapped up a nine-part story that began in 1977 with A New Hope and ended right where it began, under the glare of Tatooine's two suns.
The ninth episode marks the final appearance of Luke Skywalker, who has been played by actor Mark Hamill since the original trilogy. Skywalker is without a doubt Hamill's most well-known moniker and sadly it seems that the actor has officially turned in his lightsaber after the conclusion of The Rise of Skywalker. Last week, Star Wars fans around the world celebrated May the 4th, the annual punny holiday that commemorates a series that has spanned decades. Hamill usually celebrates Star Wars for the entire month of May, sharing behind-the-scenes facts and stories from filming over the years with his followers.
Although he usually keeps it light, Hamill took time on May 9 to reflect on what he calls the "bittersweet" end to his time playing the famous Jedi.
Knowing that Episode IX would be his last appearance as Luke Skywalker, Hamill remarked that the experience was tinged with sadness for him. The beloved actor finishing his Star Wars journey is seriously the end of an era, as Luke has always been at the heart of the saga. May the force be with you, Mr. Hamill, and thank you for so many years as the iconic character!