New Star Wars Details Explain How Luke Can Help Defeat the Resistance in The Rise of Skywalker
As we learn in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker, once reunited with the Force, can communicate with his old master Yoda, through whom he presumably learned even more secrets of the Force. Beyond that, we can only speculate what the boundaries of Force ghosts are and what knowledge Luke could have gained in the decades since he defeated the Empire in Return of the Jedi.
But, as Inverse reports, a new canonical Star Wars book, The Secrets of the Jedi, which details the history of the order from Luke Skywalker's perspective, reveals key details that have major implications in the upcoming final film of the new trilogy.
The most important bit of information is how Luke learned the ability to become a Force Ghost after death. As Luke writes in the book:
“That knowledge was passed down to a select few, including Obi-Wan, Yoda, and my father. Their spirits guided me for many years but vanished when I shut myself off from the Force. It’s a relief to feel their presence after all this time.”
The perspective here implies that Luke wrote at least this portion of this book sometime during the events of The Last Jedi. This also reveals that Luke had been in contact with his father and Obi-Wan, along with Yoda, after the fall of the Empire.
That means for something around two decades Luke was communicating with his father, Anakin. Imagine what he could have learned about Emperor Palpatine and the Empire as a whole in two decades. Certainly Darth Vader had intimate knowledge of the remnants of the Empire and, more specifically, what Palpatine's big contingency plan was for his possible death.
Much has been written about Palpatine's contingency plan, which is likely the reason he's able to return in The Rise of Skywalker. If Luke does have information about that plan, he can share that with Rey and the Resistance and continue to help them in their defeat of Palpatine, Kylo Ren, and the First Order.
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