The release of The Last Jedi on Digital HD has allowed fans to pore over this blockbuster as much as they want, but it also allows inventive video editors to have a little bit of fun. One such editor is a Twitter user named Jacob Martin, who put together an alternate ending of The Force Awakens using one pivotal scene from Last Jedi. If you’re well-versed in both movies, you may even be able to guess what this ending may be without even watching it, but, even if you do correctly guess this ending, it’s still quite funny.
Jacob Martin put together this brief video and even sent it to Mark Hamill on Twitter, telling the actor that he thinks director J.J. Abrams “missed an opportunity” with his ending. After the missing piece of the map that showed Luke Skywalker’s location was finally uncovered, Rey (Daisy Ridley), Chewbacca and R2-D2 took off on the Millennium Falcon for the hidden planet of Ahch-to. The final scene of The Force Awakens features Rey holding out Luke’s old lightsaber, although he doesn’t take it, with one final aerial shot from above showing Luke and Rey just standing there as the movie ended.
While there is traditionally large gaps of time between most Star Wars movies, The Last Jedi started exactly where The Force Awakens left off, and it’s this combination of the final scenes in The Force Awakens and the opening scenes of The Last Jedi that is shown in this video, with the final shot showing Luke throwing the lightsaber over the cliffs behind him, before the credits start to roll. There had been much speculation as to how Skywalker would react, but the reaction that ended up on screen was certainly unexpected, to say the least.
Many fans were quite surprised that, after 32 years of waiting to see Luke Skywalker on the big screen again, director J.J. Abrams only showed this iconic character in the final scene of the movie, with the character not even uttering a word before the movie came to a close. While fans knew that The Last Jedi would take place directly after the final scene, most didn’t expect Luke Skywalker to simply abandon his old lightsaber, tossing it into the cliffs below where Rey would have to retrieve it. While it was certainly an unexpected moment, it would have been quite the shock to fans to have The Force Awakens end with Luke’s lightsaber toss, as seen in this fan-made ending.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the first Star Wars movie in 10 years, and the first to be set after the events of Return of the Jedi, the last movie in the iconic original trilogy that hit theaters in 1983. The movie set several box office records, including highest opening weekend ($247.9 million) and highest domestic total ($936.6 million) but it still couldn’t top the all time worldwide record of $2.7 billion set by Avatar. While The Last Jedi certainly fared well ($220 million opening, $619.6 million domestic, $1.3 billion worldwide), it fell well short of The Force Awakens, leaving fans to wonder if Star Wars 9 could break The Force Awakens box office records. Take a look at this hilarious alternate ending below, courtesy of Jacob Martin Twitter.
— Jacob Martin (@jacobdontcare) March 15, 2018