Dave Filoni once compared Luke’s mental state at the end of RotJ to Frodo’s mental state at the end of LOTR. Frodo was deeply scarred by his experiences and was never able to readjust to normal life. He grew distant from his fellow hobbits and was haunted by his trauma until he left Middle-earth altogether.
I’ve personally never interpreted Luke’s character in the same way. If there’s one trait Luke was shown to have in the OT, it was a remarkable ability to bounce back from trauma. He lost his aunt and uncle, and then his father figure, and then his best friend, and then found out his father was the 2nd most evil man in the galaxy. And he still made it through all that with his friends’ help, and ended the trilogy with a smile on his face.
I think the disagreement over Luke’s character stems from differing interpretations of Luke’s emotional state at the end of RotJ. Is he weary of the world and just putting on a happy face for his friends, or is he looking forward to the future, with the best part of his life still in front of him?
I always believed that, having confronted and reconciled with his father, and having faced the darkness within himself, Luke was finally free to look forward to the future and have a fresh start along with the rest of the galaxy. He’d still struggle with the Dark Side, but he’d be less haunted than before, rather than more haunted.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree with Filoni’s comparison?
But we can’t turn back. Fear is their greatest defense. I doubt if the actual security there is any greater than it was on Aquilae or Sullust. And what there is is most likely directed towards a large-scale assault.