I know what you’re thinking. We all saw it. High in the Republic Executive Building Chancellor Palpatine, being confronted by Master Windu, begs for his life before Master Windu himself is disarmed, dis-handed, and Force lightninged out of a window careening hundreds of feet through traffic and towards the (presumably) hard coruscant ground.
I propose that under no circumstance could Master Windu have been killed by the act of Force lightning, being literally disarmed, falling from a great height, or a combination of all three. In fact no Jedi has ever died from any or all of those things. Therefore Jedi Master Mace Windu survived as well.
Losing a limb
Losing a limb in the Star Wars universe is almost expected. Many characters have, at some point, lost a limb to the energy of a lightsaber. How many have died? Let’s go over some major encounters.
• Anakin Skywalker, multiple times.
The first time Anakin lost a limb was on Geonosis in AotC to Count Dooku. After a minute or so of dueling Count Dooku got the better of Anakin and was able to cut off his right arm at slightly below the elbow . After such he is subsequently Force pushed several dozen feet and appears incapacitated, but obviously not dead. Then, arguably the greatest saber duel in all of Star Wars, Anakin Vs Obi-Wan Kenobi. Once again Anakin let his hubris get the best of him and he LOST HIS OTHER ARM AND BOTH LEGS.The man is out of limbs to lose and yet he still prevails. Granted he is “The Chosen One” so I guess technically as strong as he needs to be.
• Count Dooku
The tables have turned and once again Anakin and Dooku find themselves in a duel. This time it’s clear that Anakins powers have doubled since their last encounter. With grace only displayable by someone with the skills to be on The Council but the temperament to remain a knight he easily removes the hands of Dooku. It is only when Anakin relieves Dooku of his head privileges that he actually dies.
• Luke Skywalker
The first and only time Luke lost a limb was in The Empire Strikes Back on the planet Bespin in Cloud City.
After a lengthy battle over the cities central air shaft Vader proves that he’s still the best and cuts off Luke’s right hand. While Luke graps and clutches his wrist (or lack of) he screams in agony. He does not lose consciousness which is also evidence that losing a limb doesn’t cause death.
• Darth Maul
Now, Maul didn’t lose a limb. But he was bisected. At the waist. And survived. There are a lot of people who weren’t aware that he survived but he did indeed survive the whole thing.)• Anakin Skywalker
There have been several instances where a character has been stuck by Force lightning. How many of them died or even suffered long lasting injuries?
Anakin, Luke, Yoda, Savage Opress, Ventress, Sister and Brother [Inquisitors], Ashoka, Maul, Mace Windu [have all been on the recieving end of Force lightning]. While Force lightning is excellent for momentarily incapacitating your opponent it’s not good for killing. It’s hardly good for even rendering unconscious.
But what about Darth Vader? Didn’t Force lightning kill him? No. The Force lightening malfunctioned his suit, which was life support.
There has never been an instance in which a Jedi or Sith has been killed by Force lightning.
Finally we have falling from great heights
There are a lot of instances in which a Jedi or Sith has fallen from a very great height and survived. Here are some samples:
• Anakin falling for 15 seconds then landing on a car going 90 degrees of him.
• Darth Maul falling for 10 while bisected and bouncing off of walls.
• Yoda falling for about 3 seconds and bouncing off of things.
• Luke falling [in Cloud City].
Now, this is where people usually say what about Palpatine? He was thrown to his death. That’s when I [note] it was the explosion from the core that killed him, not the impact. Now we’ve reached the conclusion. Due to the incredible resilience and fall damage of Jedi and Sith, there is no way that with the evidence in mind that Mace Windu is dead.
Mace Windu is a master Jedi. Which is not an easy accomplishment. I believe that he realized that he could not defeat both of them so he never came back.