Actor Mark Hamill said goodbye to his time with Star Wars through a heartfelt letter included in copies of the boxing game Skywalker Saga.
Despite its mixed critical reception, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker marked the end of an era for the saga. Luke Skywalker’s story is over, with the singing of “Skywalker”, and the fate of the Jedi passed through Reiki, the carefree girl from Zakku who beats the First Order and her secret leader, Emperor Palpatine. Whatever the future holds for Star Wars, Luke’s bow and symbol of hope, from a humble farmer to a hero of a revolution and a divided galaxy, have come to their natural conclusion.
To mark the end of the Star Wars story as we know it, Disney will release the Skywalker Saga, a great boxed set that includes all nine major Star Wars movies in one complete package. In addition to a set of additional features and a next-generation 4K Blu-ray UHD photo, the massive set includes any personal touch other than Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill.
Each copy of the Skywalker Saga box contains a letter from Hamill, addressed to fans.
In a short message, which the actor shared on Twitter, Hamill brought readers into the early days of the Star Wars saga and paid tribute to Carrie Fisher and George Lucas. Subsequently, Hamill, Carrie, and Harrison Ford were preparing for the first time to take on an adventure that could be bigger and deeper than anyone else at the time.
It’s hard to imagine that Star Wars will ever end.
When the original trilogy ended with Return of the Jedi, Star Wars survived through books, comics, video games, and other forms of storytelling. Similarly, the previous trilogy came to an end with Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars continued with games like The Force Unleashed and the legendary animated series, The Clone Wars.
Now that Episode IX has come and gone, the Star Wars universe seems bigger than ever. Pending any intervention by COVID-19, Mandalorian season 2 is expected to launch before the end of 2023, a show shortly after Obi-Wan Kenobi arrives at Disney. The Skywalker saga is over, but Star Wars will continue, despite the road being a minor bump. Hamill’s letter commemorates that fact, which welcomes the addition of new storytellers to the fantasy playground created by George Lucas.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 3, 2023