“If there was one part of the generally unloved Star Wars prequel trilogy that all fans could get behind, it was probably Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu. However bad the writing in the prequels was, Jackson’s purple lightsaber-wielding Jedi Master was a consistently entertaining badass. So when he dies at the end of Revenge of the Sith, some fans took it pretty hard—perhaps no one more so than Jackson himself, who has gone ahead and revised the story in his mind.
If you ask Jackson, Windu never died from that precipitous fall.
In a fan Q&A on Twitter, Jackson said that George Lucas chose to kill Windu because he was the only character left in Revenge of the Sith whose death would mean anything.
“I was trying to figure out, ‘Really? Can’t you just, like, injure me—whatever?’” Jackson said. “But in my mind, I’m not dead! Jedi can fall incredibly high distances and not die.”
When Entertainment Weekly asked Jackson what Alive Mace Windu has been up to all these years—if he was just laying low like Obi-Wan was on Tatooine—he agreed that’s precisely what he’s been up to. And when E.W. asked Jackson if Windu was just going to show up at the end of one of the new movies?
“That would be fine by me…”