Star Wars: Changing the Meaning of “Skywalker”

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SKYWALKER. Everyone knows the name. Most think of Luke or Anakin Skywalker, while a few might think of the old Denver Nuggets forward David Thompson (shoutout to you, Jeff). The name has become one of the most famous aspects of Star Wars. The name traces back to Shmi Skywalker, mother of Anakin. We don’t know how far back it goes past Shmi, and we don’t know who the last Skywalker is going to be.

The prequels had Anakin. The original trilogy had Luke. The sequel trilogy has…Ben? I mean, technically he’s a Skywalker. Yet, he’s referred to as Ben Solo (which much frustrate the hell out of him).

Star Wars has greatly been considered the “Skywalker story”, as there’s been a Skywalker in every film. In both the prequels and the OT (original trilogy), the famous Skywalker was (at one point) considered a hero. Yet, in the sequel trilogy, a Skywalker is the main villain. This leaves us in kind of a weird place. Say that Kylo dies in Episode 9; then what? The Skywalker’s are gone. This is where I’m going to make my case that the name SKYWALKER shouldn’t be just a name, but a title.

The Last Jedi (SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT) ends with Luke Skywalker dying, so that the Jedi are able to move on. This leaves the film with two force users left: Rey and Kylo. Now, the name Skywalker is a legend in the galaxy. We see at the end of the film a few children reciting the “legend of Luke Skywalker” and his sacrifice at the Battle of Crait. Luke has fulfilled his promise to restore hope back into the galaxy, and his last name is synonymous with just that: hope.

So, we leave The Last Jedi with the Skywalker name being restored in the galaxy. This will be short lived though, as Kylo is the only Skywalker left. I think Star Wars (at least the episodes) should always be about the Skywalker saga. Yet, not the Skywalker lineage. With the name being restored into the galaxy, now is the time for the name Skywalker to become a title.

Imagine if we started Episode 9 with Rey being called “The Skywalker”. This would be pretty freaking sweet. There could even be some sort of desire from Kylo to take over that title from Rey, which could convince him to go back to the light.

It would be a way for him to feel a connection to his Grandfather, the original “Skywalker”. Episode 9 could even be titled Star Wars: The Skywalker. This would be a nice way to combine all the trilogies together. The name that Anakin helped popularize with hope within the galaxy would now be a title that would forever live on within the light side. 

When Rey eventually dies, she can pass on the title of “The Skywalker” to another worthy apprentice. “The Skywalker” can be something almost like the “Black Panther” that started with a family dynamic, but has the ability to expand to other people who are worthy of such a title. I think this would be a great way to have Star Wars always honor the legacy it’s put before, while also providing hope and promise for the future.

Having Skywalker be a title, rather than a name is just super intriguing to me. The first six Star Wars films were focused on a father and a son. This ended, but the name “Skywalker” shouldn’t. The galaxy needs a Skywalker. Hope will always be needed. Having anyone in the galaxy that could hypothetically be able to be “the Skywalker” would give a certain hope to every single being. That desire to be “the Skywalker” could add so much to Star Wars.

 

This is just a little idea I had. I think it’d be really cool, but I’m curious to hear what you all think. Feel free to leave a comment down below, and let’s talk some Star Wars!

Trey Mitchell

The creator of The All Around. I'm a student at the University of Tampa. Originally from Denver, Colorado. I've written for Star Wars News Net and Dig in Denver.

3 thoughts on “Star Wars: Changing the Meaning of “Skywalker”

  • July 16, 2018 at 1:01 am
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    Very interesting thought, definitely makes one wonder about the possibilities… 😀

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    • September 14, 2018 at 4:33 pm
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      that’s the great thing about Star Wars! All the possibilities!

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  • July 16, 2018 at 1:04 am
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    Agreed!

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