A lot of the discussion surrounding Star Wars Episode VII has been whether the original cast, including Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, will return for more Star Wars adventures. Given that discussion, and given the ages of the characters in the Episode VII era, the conversation often turns towards what the fate of the original heroes will be. One of the biggest questions out there is what Luke's story will be and what his ultimate fate may be.
There are two primary schools of thought, at least that I know of. One is that Luke will survive Episode VII and be in multiple films of the sequel trilogy. The other, and probably the one that people most expect, is that Luke will now be the archetypal old mentor who dies in the first film of the trilogy—like Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace and Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope—and continue on as a Force ghost.
If Luke was to die, how do you want that to go down—and should he continue on as a ghost? If he lives throughout the trilogy, or at least until Star Wars Episode VIII, what do you want his story to be? Should he die at all, or should he survive the end of Star Wars Episode IX?
Personnally, I love the expanded universe. So for Luke to die, I think that is a NO-GO. If they did show his death I think it would be in the form of a new threat to the galaxy that kills him and he theoritically passes on the torch to somebody else much like you explained above. To me that would mean that the Jedi Order would already be restored, or at least starting on its path to being restored. Quite honestly, I think they would do well to keep him alive. The expanded universe has some really good storylines to follow and a lot of that has to do with him being alive. Now this is me just saying that because I honestly don't know what they plan on doing with this trilogy; whether or not they make them a seperate installment from the expanded universe or not.
Die? Tough call....how long can Mark Hamill hang in there and be a realistic viable option to act as one of (if not the) the most important characters? One of the problems is that Mark isn't the best actor of the movies. The prequels suffered from bad acting...do we really want one of the over the top actors to be in the rest of the movies? My other thought is that since he's the son of the most filled midichlorianized person in the galaxy...Luke should be the toughest dude in the galaxy. To have him killed by something - besides old age - would show a threat that no other Jedi could handle, right?
He's not the best actor of the originals but he's by no means a bad actor. He's proven himself to be a very capable and versatile actor over the years, especially in his performances as the Joker. I'm looking forward to seeing what he can bring to an older Luke, one with the wisdom of characters like Yoda and Obi-Wan.
Well, if Luke becomes the "Ultimate Jedi Master of Masters", he should stay on instead of doing a "Hardware Wars Ben Kenobi" ("what a martyr").
But if they DO kill him off, I want him to measure R2's Midichlorians (since "The Force" is in "everything" including the air and the rocks, and we now know it is a "viral infection" shouldn't R2 have at least a Computer-Midichlorian count?). =:0)
I don't know if you can compare Luke Skywalker with Yoda or Kenobi. Seems not realistic, I would say. Luke was like a shadow of Anakin/Vader. A Force-Ghost ? Don't know how this should work out ? I'm curious if we'll find out what will happen..