Some of the most asked questions following The Force Awakens revolve around Luke Skywalker’s whereabouts post Return of the Jedi and pre TFA. Where did the last Jedi go after The Battle of Endor? How and why did he end up on the ocean planet of Ahch-To? Luckily, with time and some detective skills, we can scour the new Star Wars canon for clues and insights into this mysterious time in Luke Skywalker’s life.
Marvel’s Star Wars: Shattered Empire mini series by Greg Rucka takes place during the climatic moments of ROTJ and the days following the supposed defeat of the Empire. In issue #4 of 4, Luke joins forces with Poe Dameron’s mother, Shara Bey, for a mission to reclaim from the Empire two force sensitive trees that once resided at the Jedi temple on Coruscant.
A visit to the Star Wars Databank entries on Luke’s life in the New Republic and Lor San Tekka reveal that Luke traveled the galaxy with R2-D2 and San Tekka while exploring the roots and secret lore of the Jedi order.
The Leia Organa centered Bloodline novel by Claudia Gray reveals little about Luke’s whereabouts during her time as senator. We are merely told that one of Luke’s research stops included the planet Gatalenta — a planet known to be rich in Jedi oral history.
Given Han Solo’s conversation with Rey and Finn on board the Millennium Falcon in TFA, all signs point to Luke’s new Jedi order being destroyed as Ben Solo turned on his fellow students. Han told his newly found allies that those who knew Luke best thought that he felt responsible for Ben’s fall to the dark side and went looking for the first Jedi temple.
This rough outline leaves so many questions unanswered. Where exactly was the first Jedi temple? Is this where Ahch-To comes into play in the climatic moments of TFA? What did Luke learn about the Jedi and the nature of the force during these explorations?
One can only hope that a few more details will be provided before the release of The Last Jedi in December 2017.