Rian Johnson has told Good Morning America that one thing he wanted to answer in The Last Jedi was "why is Luke on that island?" That's a question I think we all want answered and one possible clue might be in the pages of a recent Star Wars comic book...
First you need to check out Rian Johnson on GMA in the embedded video below -
Now in a recent issue of the new Darth Vader Marvel Star Wars comic book run, Vader himself references something called the Barash Vow. The Barash Vow is taken by Jedi as a form of penitence. Here is a look at the page from the comic book that makes reference to the vow.
When I first read this in the comic book I was immediately reminded of Yoda and Obi-Wan's time spent in exile. Did they take the Barash Vow. Was their intention to refrain from any involvement in galactic events until such time as Anakin's children were ready to step up and answer the call? Could Ezra and Kanan be set to take the vow toward the end of Star Wars Rebels, which might explain their absence during the events of the original trilogy?
I love this new wrinkle and I think it might explain why Luke was on Ahch-To whilst his sister was fighting with the Resistance and his best friend was dying at the hand so his own son, Luke's student Kylo Ren.
Below is the WookieePedia entry on the Barash Vow-
What do you think? Has Luke taken the vow and thats why he is on Ahch-To? Is his vow similar to Yoda and Obi-Wan's, a vow to sit out any conflict and away the arrival of a New Hope? Leave your thoughts in the comments below...
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