Luke Skywalker initially planned to leave Ahch-To and rejoin the Resistance with Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The combine’s dynamic was portrayed as the thumping heart of the motion picture, as the youthful scrounger endeavored futile to persuade the grizzled Jedi to get his laser sword and go up against the First Order. After some extreme lessons and much time together, Rey attempted to move the tide herself, deserting Luke on the island to spend whatever remains of his days in segregation. Obviously, Luke did in the long run alter his opinion and called upon the full degree of his Force forces to astral venture himself over the cosmic system, relinquishing his life so the Resistance could survive. In the film, this choice seems, by all accounts, to be prodded by Yoda’s last lesson to Skywalker, however things play out diversely in the official novelization. Luke was particularly anticipating physically leaving Ahch-To and help his kindred legends. This is without question one of the biggest revelations in the book, though it’s understandable to see why it wasn’t in the movie. Frankly, the scene flows better without this extra bit. Luke’s transition from feeling “relief” at the sight of the Millennium Falcon to telling Rey to leave the island is quite abrupt, and would have amounted to little more than a cruel bait-and-switch. Additionally, the moment where Luke reaches out to Leia on the meditation rock is enough to infer he’s having second thoughts about his exile. That was a far more subtle indicator of his character arc’s progression (he had closed himself off from the Force) and didn’t hit the audience over the head. Since Luke was seeking out Rey after his reawakening, he probably had a return in mind. Read More : Frances McDormand’s Oscar It would have been fun to see Luke return to the Resistance in the flesh, though there is something awe-inspiring about the ending we got. Not only did Skywalker triumphantly show up at the last minute to save the day, his last stand on Crait was visual confirmation of how strong he grew since Return of the Jedi. The 30-year gap between the original and sequel trilogies meant we missed on seeing prime Luke use his abilities, and Episode VIII was the last chance we really had. Astral projecting, while having precedence in Star Wars literature, was never depicted onscreen before. The reveal of Luke far away on Ahch-To, exerting himself to save his friends, is far more poignant than watching Luke wreck shop with a lightsaber a la Darth Vader in Rogue One.