LUKE SKYWALKER BEYOND THE LAST HOPE.
Choosing to go into exile after his dream of a new training school turns into a nightmare, Luke looks to be the last Jedi. Is this really the end of the order that once protected the galaxy?
For what seemed like an eternity to him, Luke Skywalker lived on the remote desert world of Tatooine with his Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen. A restless farm boy, Luke dreamed of a life of adventure—of being able to attend the Imperial Academy and becoming an ace pilot.
Luke had always been told by his uncle that his father, Anakin Skywalker, had been a navigator aboard a spice freighter. But the younger Skywalker’s life changed forever when he learned that not only was Anakin in fact a Jedi Knight who fought in the Clone Wars, but also that he subsequently became Darth Vader, the Emperor’s most feared and powerful emissary, and a champion of the dark side of the Force.
Events repeatedly brought Luke into conflict with his father. An encounter at Cloud City, high above Bespin, had Luke wielding Anakin’s own lightsaber against him, but he ultimately lost it— along with his right hand. Later, at the climax of another epic duel, this time on a reconstituted Death Star, Luke resisted the lure of the dark side only to come under attack by the watching Emperor.
Stricken at Luke’s plight, Darth Vader repented, his compassion for his son ultimately defeating the Emperor—albeit at the cost of Vader’s life—and saving the galaxy, restoring peace and freedom.
For many years thereafter, Luke chose not to take on an apprentice, until he came to realize just how powerful his nephew was. Ben Solo, the son of Han Solo and Luke’s sister, Leia Organa, had the Skywalker blood flowing through his veins, and therefore had a natural affi nity with the Force. Luke
took Ben and a group of students and established a training temple, hoping to revive the defunct Jedi Order. But the darkness rising in Ben was uncontrollable, and led the young apprentice to commit a terrible act of betrayal. Ben destroyed the temple and killed his fellow students.
The balance between the light and the dark was shattered. Holding himself responsible for the tragedy, Luke attempted to bury the past—and the Jedi Order along with it—by vanishing. He headed for the remote world of Ahch-To, far from his sister Leia, who desperately needed him to join the fight against the First Order.
Electing to live a simple life, Luke follows a strict routine, from harvesting everything he needs from the island to taking shelter inside an ancient hut. It is a life of quiet solitude away from galactic conflict—until the fateful day the Millennium Falcon appeared on the horizon, and the past came calling in the form of his father’s long lost lightsaber, offered to him by a young, Force-sensitive woman.