The Star Wars saga has been home to some of the funniest and most outrageous memes fans have ever laid their eyes on. One popular meme that has been making the rounds all over the Internet for several years now is the one where Luke Skywalker is pointing his newly acquired lightsaber at his face without caution.
Apparently, that was never the case. Sure, the viral and now iconic image of Luke pointing his lightsaber at his face is in fact true, but it was never actually featured in the first film Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. In fact, it was just a behind-the-scenes photo from when actor Mark Hamill was checking out the legendary set-piece which now begs the question, weren't viewers paying attention to what was happening all along? Or is this another case of a Star Wars Mandela effect? Heck, even Hamill himself is still clueless up to now. We may never truly know the answer.
All jokes aside, the viral meme of the young Skywalker pointing the weapon at his face symbolizes a lot of things, mainly Luke's naiveness, lack of experience, and competence which was pretty evident in the first film. That changes, however as he slowly but surely learns his way to the Force over the course of two more films — The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi — and as fate would have it, he'd become what he was always destined to be, a true Jedi Master who would pass on his knowledge and wisdom to the next generation.
The Skywalker saga ended its impressive 42-year run in 2019's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
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