Obi-Wan and Yoda didn't stay around for long after the Battle of Endor, appearing only to express that the New Jedi Order is safe in Luke's hand(s). Anakin only stayed around long enough to say goodbyes.

But Luke hung around for very long time in the Legends canon. Long after his death, he kept pestering Cade Skywalker to become a Jedi again.

If he intends to stay conscious in the afterlife, he focuses his entire afterlife existence on Cade alone, when there's so much going on for him to intervene in instead.

Seriously, why does Luke want to hang around for so long anyway? Is he too attached to the corporeal world?

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    Although the tags say you are talking about Legends, it wouldn't hurt to mention it in the question. Feb 15, 2016 at 18:39
  • Perhaps them being related gave them a stronger connection or something?
    – Rogue Jedi
    Feb 15, 2016 at 18:55
  • It's implied this is Legends though - Cade Skywalker doesn't exist in canon, and there's no canon publication set after the movies yet. Feb 15, 2016 at 23:33
  • Obi-Wan died in year 32 (0 being The Phantom Menace), and made appearance in the next 2 films, which were years 35 and 36. How long was Luke a ghost and appearing to Cade? My source is this timeline, not checked for accuracy
    – user31178
    Feb 22, 2016 at 18:56

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We're never given a reason in-universe, although there are examples of other Jedi - mostly Sith - appearing as Force ghosts centuries after their deaths. We've also never been given an explanation of how Force ghosts actually work, so we're kind of left with speculation.

My personal theory is that Luke feels responsible for the New Jedi Order, and stuck around to make sure it didn't fall again. So, yes, in that case you could say that Luke's attachment kept him around.

Out-of-universe, of course, Luke was used as a literary device to connect the Legacy era characters with the original ones.

  • Luke is dead in the books? Is the newest movie non-canon or are the books now retconned or what's going on?
    – Daft
    Jul 19, 2016 at 13:56
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    @Daft, I think this explanation might be of use to you: scifi.blogoverflow.com/2015/01/the-new-star-wars-canon-guide Jul 19, 2016 at 14:42
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    @Daft - the Legacy series is part of Legends continuity. Besides, it takes place 127 years after "Return of the Jedi", so yes - Luke is definitely dead by that time.
    – Omegacron
    Jul 19, 2016 at 14:48

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