One of the better characters created in the Star Wars prequels was Mace Windu, the Jedi master played by Samuel L. Jackson. If you forgive him for that awful “This party’s over” line from Attack of the Clones, he’s actually a pretty bad ass Jedi. But unfortunately, Mace Windu died at the hands of the Dark Side.
In a battle with Darth Sidious after Anakin Skywalker had turned to the dark side, not only did Skywalker cut off Windu’s arm, but Sidious struck him with Force lightning and then Force pushed him out the window. So we all know that Mace Windu died in Revenge of the Sith. But what Samuel L. Jackson presupposes is, maybe he didn’t? And it sounds like George Lucas was just fine with that. However, at this point, it probably doesn’t matter. Get the details on the possibilities of Mace Windu alive after the jump.
Jackson first addressed the fate of Mace Windu during a Q&A session on Twitter where he explained that it was George Lucas’ idea to kill off Mace Windu. But at the end of the answer, Jackson gave his thoughts on the fate of his character. Here’s the video answer he posted online:
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) June 25, 2016
At the end, Jackson revealed that he just imagined that Mace Windu survived that encounter. But that doesn’t really mean much when considering Star Wars canon. Jackson spoke with Entertainment Weekly further about the matter and said, “Jedi can fall from amazing distances. And there’s a long history of one-handed Jedi. So why not?”
Jackson believing Windu is alive is one thing, but this was apparently an idea Jackson also ran by George Lucas, who was just fine with Windu still being alive. The actor explained, “George is like, ‘I’m okay with that. You can be alive.” But he also pointed out what we’re all already thinking, “George doesn’t have anything to do with it anymore.”
That’s right. Even if Jackson and Lucas had determined that Windu survived after we last saw him in Revenge of the Sith, there’s nothing that happened in the canon of the Star Wars universe (before everything that belonged to Lucasfilm was handed over to Disney) that indicated he may have survived. Now Disney and Lucasfilm have their own unifying canon that makes sure everything produced with ties to Star Wars lines up with the rest of the entire galaxy, and that likely doesn’t include Mace Windu being alive.
However, just because this little details wasn’t part of canon before Star Wars was passed on to Disney, doesn’t mean the Lucasfilm story group can’t make it happen. At the same time, I don’t think Lucasfilm and Disney are too keen to do much that brings anything from the prequels into play in this new trilogy or any future movies. But perhaps there’s the chance that a comic book or other medium could be used to bring Mace Windu back from the dead. But don’t hold your breath.
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Source: Slash Film