Why did Luke have to die that way? Snoke.
Snoke secretly manipulated Luke’s weaknesses, created Kylo Ren, destroyed Luke’s life work, nearly drove the Jedi extinct, and then KILLED Luke without the audience noticing.
But how didn’t we notice? We were too surprised by Snoke’s death and Luke’s Force Projection to pay attention to the subtle details.
Here’s what we missed.
Luke’s Force Projection
We all thought Luke’s last firework was with a new capability we’ve seen only twice before: Force Projection.
If Luke could do it, why don’t you think Snoke couldn’t use it?
If you were watching closely, Snoke actually does use Force Projection BEFORE Luke.
Take a look below.
Notice how Luke directly looks at Kylo while Kylo physically interacts with Rey. Is that not Force Projection?
But how did he Force Project?
We’ll touch on that a bit later. But before we get to how he pulled it off, we first have to understand the difference between Force Bonding and Force Projection.
Force Bonding Vs. Force Projection
“Can you see my surroundings?“
“You’re going to pay for what you did.“
“I can’t see yours. Just you. So no… This is something else.“
―Kylo Ren and Rey
When I first watched this scene, I thought they were simply Force Bonding.
But…that’s not the entire story. A few key details tell me it’s actually a mix of both: Force Bonding and Force Projection.
Let me explain.
A Force Bond is a private connection between two people that allows them to communicate with each other remotely — without any type of physical contact.
For example, Luke and Leia’s Force Bond is a perfect example.
However, Rey and Kylo’s Force Bond crossed the line when they were able to touch hands and become visible to a third party observer, in this case, Luke.
What’s the only ability that allows the user to physically interact with their surroundings? Force Projection.
How do we know?
Whenever Luke Force Projected, he physically handed Leia Han’s dice and even kissed Leia on the head. At the same time, he was visible by all third-party observers.
That’s Force Projection.
And Rian Johnson even confirms it:
“When Luke shows up he’s projecting, it’s like a hardcore variation of what Kylo and Rey have been doing the whole time and that’s why it takes so much out of him.” (Source)
So, if Kylo really did Force Project, how did he do it? Snoke.
As Snoke bridged their minds, he also created the Force Projection phenomenon with his immense power.
But…how did Snoke even know about Luke’s plan to join Rey on the Millenium Falcon? It started way back on Luke’s quest for something very special…
The Journey For Secret Jedi Knowledge
After the empire’s defeat, Luke scoured the entire galaxy looking for any surviving Jedi Knowledge.
He had help.
Do you remember the old dude in The Force Awakens’s first scene? He ain’t some random dude fishing for pocket change — he’s actually important.
That’s Lor San Tekka and he actually helped Luke find the ‘motherload’ of all Jedi knowledge: Preserved Jedi Archives.
Do you know who preserved it? The Chief Librarian in Episode 2, Jocasta Nu.
She survived the Jedi Purge and wanted to train the next generation of Jedi.
But frankly, she was killed by Vader before she could ever build it.
Luckily, Luke found all her research. But it was on this very journey that Snoke and Luke actually met to discuss the secrets of the Force.
It was this meeting where Luke’s life took a steep nosedive…
Luke and Snoke’s Mysterious Meeting
Nobody knew about Luke’s school or mission except those in the order and R2-D2.
Who told Snoke about it? Luke probably did.
In the official Last Jedi Novel, they mention how Luke and Snoke met to discuss Jedi lore or Luke’s findings. Since the First Order hasn’t risen yet, he probably mistook Snoke as a fellow Jedi.
The conversation gave Snoke some very crucial intel on Luke’s precious plan to rebuild the Jedi Order.
And that’s when Snoke decided to form a plan of his own…
At a very young age, Ben — or Kylo Ren — was responsible for mischief.
They sensed too much ‘Vader’ in him and hoped Luke’s training would solve the problem.
Snoke sensed Ben’s natural tendency towards the dark side — all Snoke had to do was find a weakness…
…and he quickly found one by researching Ben’s family tree and found a secret: Ben is Darth Vader’s grandson.
We’re not sure how Kylo found out, but when he did, he lost trust in Luke and the Jedi. He soon needed a different teacher.
So, Snoke positioned himself as the answer. Kylo’s conflicted soul took the bait, and by the time Luke sensed the darkness and tried to stop it — it was too late, Kylo had already turned.
Luke’s life work was destroyed in an instant: his apprentices, the Jedi archives, dreams, temple, and Luke’s soul.
But it wasn’t Kylo who broke Luke, it was Snoke.
Snoke Broke and KILLED Luke
How would you feel if someone destroyed your life’s work in an instant? You’d break and Luke’s no exception. It was all part of Snoke’s plan to undermine the balance of the galaxy.
Who turned Kylo? Snoke.
Who bridged Rey’s and Kylo’s mind? Snoke.
Who gave Luke the idea to Force Project? Snoke.
Snoke single-handedly broke Luke: destroying his life’s work, students, friends (Han Solo, Lor San Tekka, etc.), and even his life.
Snoke couldn’t afford any competition. Luke was the last hurdle in his way of galactic conquest and he needed him dead.
Everything was fine until…
The Force Awakened
After Snoke destroyed everything Luke built, Luke closed himself from The Force as an act of pacificism.
Snoke was content until Rey awakened The Force and found Luke.
He became scared.
Luke’s the only one, as far as we know, that has the knowledge to create another Jedi — a Jedi that can undermine Snoke’s grand plan. He had to act quick.
He bridged Kylo and Rey’s minds, as a way to deter Luke from finding Snoke because let’s be honest, we all know what would’ve happened…
And that’s exactly what would’ve happened until Luke discovered Kylo and Rey having ‘unprotected sex’ — or at least he acts like they did — and decides to stay.
In that scene, Snoke deceptively left Luke a suicidal idea: Force Projection.
Luke took the idea and used it to save the Resistance, leading to as Mark Hamill described, the Force — or Snoke — KILLING Luke.
The Force Killed Luke
But wait…How could the Force KILL you?! Isn’t the Force good?
It’s definitely but it’s the way Luke used the Force that killed him.
For example, let’s say you’ve been working out for a few years. Then you take a break for a while.
Would you be able to lift what the younger, stronger version of you could?
You’d have to slowly work your way up and that’s exactly what Luke didn’t do. He decided to walk in after a few years off and tried to lift the heaviest weights in the gym without any prior training.
The result? Luke’s death.
And that’s what so clever about Snoke’s deceptive move: he killed Luke indirectly without anyone noticing — including the audience.
Did Snoke Kill Luke? (Comment Below!)
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