Luke Skywalker did more than train Rey and reconnect with the Force in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as he also felt the presence of his father, Anakin, and his master, Obi-Wan. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second installment in the sequel trilogy, which follows a new generation of heroes (Rey, Poe Dameron, and Finn) and villains (Kylo Ren, Snoke), with the guidance of some characters from the original trilogy.
In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans witnessed the return of Luke Skywalker after his self-imposed exile in Ahch-To and his disconnection with the Force. After much hesitation, Luke agreed to train Rey, and thanks to this he reconnected with the Force, meaning that he could feel the presence of Force Ghosts once more. In fact, he was greeted by the spirit of Yoda, who taught him that failure is the greatest teacher. But Luke’s reconnection with the Force also meant that he could feel the presence of other spirits, not just Yoda.
The latest Star Wars book, The Secrets of the Jedi, written by Marc Sumerak, chronicles the history of the Jedi Order as told by Luke Skywalker – a mature Skywalker, not the farmboy fans met many years ago. In the book, specifically in the “Light Force Abilities” section, there’s a part dedicated to “Spirits”, in which Luke shares his experience with Force Ghosts. Luke explains the spirits of Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Yoda guided him “for many years” and vanished when he shut himself off from the Force, and that it was “a relief to feel their presence again after all this time”. This means that from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi up until his exile in Ahch-To, Luke could communicate with Anakin and Obi-Wan, and very much like with Yoda, he could feel their presence again in The Last Jedi.
As mentioned above, the Luke that’s sharing all this information is the one seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with Sumerak adding that thanks to this, Luke is able to look past “the glorified stories of the Jedi of old to find the truth about the Order”, giving a more objective look at the history of the Jedi. However, it’s possible that it was written by Luke after the events in The Last Jedi, as he mentions that Obi-Wan’s Force ghost could “even interact with the physical world” – now that Luke is one with the Force himself, he could be writing this guide from beyond the physical plane.
With Star Wars 9 being the final installment in the Skywalker saga, and Mark Hamill strongly hinting at Luke’s return as a Force Ghost, the details shared in The Secrets of the Jedi will fuel the fans’ desires of seeing the ghosts of Anakin and Obi-Wan in the final film of the saga. After all, Star Wars: The Last Jedi proved that anything, even the unthinkable for some, can happen.
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019