Samuel L. Jackson’s Mace Windu was built up to be one of the strongest Jedi alive during George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels, and ended up being the only non-Yoda Jedi who even put up a fight against Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith, before being betrayed by Anakin Skywalker and dying in result. In case you forgot as well, Anakin not only cut off Mace’s hand Luke Skywalker-style, but also allowed for him to be electrocuted to apparent death by the Emperor and then being thrown out one of the tallest windows on Coruscant.
It was a fairly spectacular, if over-the-top death for the character, and is part one of the arguably best moments in the prequels. After already voicing his distaste for The Force Awakens several months ago as well, it looks like Samuel L. Jackson has a strange opinion about his Star Wars character, that apparently George Lucas even agrees to, I guess.
When asked about his character’s fate during a fan Q&A on Twitter, Jackson said, “Jedi can fall from extremely high heights,” which is a fair point. He then followed up with EW while talking on SiriusXM, insisting that Mace Windu lived through the encounter:
“Of course he is! Jedi can fall from amazing distances. And there’s a long history of one-handed Jedi. So why not?”
Apparently, Jackson even got the backing of Lucas himself as well:
“George [was] like, ‘I’m okay with that. You can be alive.’”
So there you have it, Mace Windu is apparently still alive in the Star Wars universe! I’ll be honest too, I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing Windu return in some form as well at some point, though the idea of him spending the rest of his days pissed off at Anakin Skywalker while hiding out one-handed in some desolate place does make me happy too. Who knows though? For all we know, Lucas could have just been being polite.
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