The January 2018 issue of Empire magazine, which hit newsstands yesterday under several different covers, contains an interesting quote from Mark Hamill about the ending to 2015’s The Force Awakens. We learned back in May that Rian Johnson conversed with J.J. Abrams before Episode VII was officially released and convinced him to make a character change seen on screen at the conclusion of the film. Rather than have BB-8 accompany Rey and Chewbacca in the Millennium Falcon on the journey to Ahch-To as was initially planned in the script, Abrams listened to Johnson’s request and instead had R2-D2 join the trip.
But in speaking with Empire, Hamill revealed there was another change in how The Force Awakens ended, specifically dealing with Luke Skywalker standing atop the mountain:
“There was something that happened at the end of The Force Awakens when I’m standing on the cliff. I called Rian in a panic because it was all wrong. He said, ‘It’s okay, I spoke to J.J. and he’s taking that scene out.’ It just didn’t match up with what Rian had written”
Hamill doesn’t elaborate further on what exactly was changed with Luke. Did Luke originally reach out to Rey and accept his lightsaber? Did he initially have spoken dialogue that was removed from the final version of the film to maintain the anticipation of finally hearing Luke speak in Episode VIII?
Hopefully the answer to this question comes in the form of a bonus content segment included in the Episode VIII Blu-ray release.