Details on Luke Skywalker's Planet in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Have Been Revealed
Spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens lie ahead.
Despite watching it multiple times (and with many more viewings to on the cards), there are still a number of burning questions surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While we may well have to wait until the release of Episodes 8 and 9 for the answers to some of these questions, certain mysteries are beginning to clear up courtesy of the release of the film's script and novelizations.
One such question is the identity and significance of the location of TFA's closing scene, which sees Rey finally come face to face with the M.I.A Luke Skywalker. Both the script (recently released to the WGA board) and the Junior Novelization reveal the name of that planet as Ahch-To, and not as many fans were speculating, Rakata Prime. But, while this piece of information might be limited to trivia nights, the details about the planet's past as revealed in the novelization are more revealing, and potentially a bit spoilery.
It turns out, Ahch-To (which is actually the island of Skellig Michael off the South coast of Ireland) was the site of the very first Jedi Temple, a site that Luke has been searching for, for many years. This fact opens up a number of possibilities about what Skywalker had been doing there, but it also gives us much to chew on between now and May 2017, when Episode 8 is released. Being the site of the first Jedi Temple means it's likely that Ahch-To is some form of nexus through which the entire force flows. This could lead to some interesting possibilities for Rey, who is just beginning to grapple with her force-sensitivity. Could it also become the scene of a potential battle between the new forces of good and evil? Kylo Ren, with all his internal battles between light and dark, would certainly be an interesting visitor to the birthplace of the Jedi Order.
What will Ahch-To have in store for Rey and Luke in the years to come? That's anybody's guess, but with Rian Johnson set to travel to Skellig Michael to shoot Episode 8, it's likely that the ancient planet will have a big role to play in this exciting new era of Star Wars storytelling.