The Jakku scavenger Rey lived in a unique home – an AT-AT walker toppled near the outskirts of the Graveyard of Ships. The walker was once Hellhound Two, from the Imperial Star Destroyer Interrogator; Rey made a home for herself in its former troop compartment. There she cleaned equipment scavenged from the sands, cooked, slept, and dreamt of the day her family would return and take her away from Jakku.
The Empire strikes back by being a bastard. Their target is the flippin shield generator, but they take some time out of their day to gun down the people on foot running away from our their giant machines of death.
Luke looks angry and a little scary in the poster the opposite to Kylo and I don't get it.
I think this is Rian Johnson’s way of going back to Lucas’ original intended vision of ROTJ, without having it be as drastic and keeping it in line with the current story arc. In the original Return of the Jedi, Luke was actually supposed to turn to a dark path and disappear for good, leaving Leia behind (and Han was supposed to die because Harrison Ford felt his character needed to, which, wtf Harrison).
Return of the Jedi was originally supposed to be called “Revenge of the Jedi. It was actually known as that more that “Return” because there was a shit-load of Revenge-themed posters, teasers and merch (which was also red like The Last Jedi, look at that).
It was only two months before the summertime release (timed to the fifth anniversary of “Star Wars”) that “Revenge” became “Return” because I mean, vengeance isn’t exactly Jedi-like…
OR IS IT?
Here are some things that completely changed. Apparently Lucas had a falling out with the production crew and a bunch of things had to be revised and compromised. For example:
The original plot formulated by Lucas was Wookie guerrillas fighting the Empire in their home planet, while other Wookies were enslaved to build the second Death Star and the Rebels tried to take over the Empire in an epic final battle. That’s what Lucas first envisioned: a Vietnam-style war movie. But unfortunately the search for a Director hampered production and eventually we got cute teddy bears who could take down Imperial walkers with rocks. (No shade, I still think Ewoks are so fucking cute)
While doing press amid the 1997 rerelease of ROTJ Harrison Ford claimed he actually wanted Han to die at the end of the second “Star Wars” sequel, but Lucas thought Han Solo (alive) toys would still be marketable up until now (and they are!)
Also, George Lucas originally wanted Luke Skywalker to become Darth Vader at the end of Return of the Jedi.His last lines were going to be “Now I am Vader. Now I will go and kill the [Rebel] fleet and I will rule the universe.“
WHICH LEADS ME TO MY POINT
Luke was intended to leave and turn to the Dark Side. The rebels were supposed to win, but our protagonist, of all people, became the man nobody wanted him to be. They had to keep with the fact that Luke was a wholly good person and didn’t want his image tainted for the sake of the little kiddies and Luke fanboys who couldn’t handle character change.
That’s where Rian steps in. Now that Luke’s old, there’s an open opportunity for him to have a lot of questions answered, especially since we know little to nothing about him and Ben training, being isolated on the Island, and why he wants the Jedi to end. I think answering those questions will allow us to understand why Luke could have been (or now is!) a darker or even, dare I say it, evil character, and why Ben had turned (Ben’s turn to Kylo Ren could be the DarkSide!Luke Lucas originally intended passed onto his character arc instead, but it gives him room for two more episodes to redeem himself and show that the light ultimately wins. That’s why Kylo looks more like a lost little puppy than an angry villain compared to Luke. There’s some shit or secrets Luke’s got behind that beard.)
He turned and saw the towering metal forms of Imperial walkers on the march. Their legs dwarfed the trees, and the laser cannons attached to their cockpits pumped ruin toward the scattering rebel soldiers. The stormtroopers had slowed their pursuit, staying out of the crossfire as they attempted to cut off the rebels’ routes to escape.
The rebels had already begun to die. But death was not failure.