At the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Yoda is seen as a blue ghost alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi and a redeemed Anakin Skywalker after passing away earlier in the film. So we shouldn’t be expecting much of Yoda in the new trilogy, right?
Well, you might see more of Yoda than Han Solo in Episode VIII. Making Star Wars, a site dedicated to news related to the franchise, reported that Frank Oz, the puppeteer behind Yoda, has made his way to Pinewood Studios, where Episode VIII is being shot.
The visit could mean a number of things: he could be there as a consultant or is working on another character all together. But the idea Yoda could make a return isn’t so farfetched; his voice made a cameo in The Force Awakens and, as Yoda himself demonstrated, it’s not like characters haven’t made brief after-death appearances before.
If Yoda does return, he’ll join Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, and Leia Organa Solo as returning legends from the original trilogy. They’ll be amongst numerous new creatures and characters as well.
Episode VIII, which doesn’t even have a subtitle yet, isn’t due until December 2017. But fans at least get to look forward to the Blu-Ray release of the hugely successful The Force Awakens, which is set to include plenty of behind-the-scenes features.
For those dying for their Frank Oz-as-Yoda fix, he reprises the role in Star Wars Rebels, which airs on Disney XD.