We might see one important character from the “Star Wars” saga die in Episode VIIIThe Last Jedi.” If film director Rian Johnson’s recent revelation is any indication, then we might have to say goodbye to Luke Skywalker.

Rian Johnson recently confirmed the long-held speculation that Luke Skywalker is the Last Jedi referred to in the film’s title. “Coming into our story, he is the actual last of the Jedi,” Johnson said in an interview with The New York Times.

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He added that this revelation is in the opening crawl of Episode VII, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” So what does this mean for the iconic character? Will he meet his demise in Episode VIII?

Rian Johnson teases a grim fate for Luke Skywalker

In the trailer, we heard someone say, “It’s time for the Jedi to end.“ Johnson confirmed that Luke spoke those words.

However, what do they mean? The director said those words sounded “pretty dire.” He did not expound on his statement though, but assured that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will explore its meaning.

The line does have a grim foreboding. Given that the Last Jedi is Luke Skywalker, does this mean we will see him die in “Episode VIII”? Mark Hamill, who plays the character, fuelled this speculation in an interview at a charity event last year. The actor mentioned that he would be “out of work” as soon as he finished filming for “The Last Jedi.” His statement led fans to believe that Luke Skywalker will not make it out alive in Episode VIII. We may not see him appear in the sequel, Episode IX.

However, the actor clarified his statement in a tweet. Still, Hamill did not actually debunk the speculation that his character would die in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." He merely clarified that he was not making the implication that Luke could die in his statement.

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Luke Skywalker could still appear in “Star Wars: Episode IX”

Odds are Luke will not die in Episode VIII. Hamill previously hinted that he will reprise his character in Episode IX in a tweet. The actor shared a video of himself having his beard shaved. It is interesting to point out the hash tag he added in the clip. He wrote, “#EpisodeIX.” This could mean that Luke will live in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Then again, it could also mean that he will die but will appear as a Force Ghost in Episode IX. This is usually the case when it comes to other legendary characters from the "Star Wars" saga. Han Solo, who died in Episode VII, will appear as one in Episode VIII according to Johnson.