The mysteries of the Force are further explored and deepened in the latest installment of the Star Wars saga.
But just when it seemed Star Wars: The Last Jedi would take away all hope for answers, the film pulls a fast one and sneaks in some hope for the future of the Jedi.
Warning: Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi below.
While watching Luke Skywalker go about his daily routine on Ahch-To, Rey is beckoned by the Force to an ancient cave in a hollowed out tree, seen at different points in the trailers for the film.
In the cave, she discovers a collection of ancient Jedi texts. Though Luke interrupts her, Rey reveals that she's seen the location in her dreams. Learning that she has a connection to the Force, Luke tells her that the time of the Jedi must end.
After coming into conflict over why Kylo Ren was driven to the dark side, Rey decides to abandon Luke and go to her enemy in hopes of turning him back. Luke determines that he must burn down the tree and all of the texts inside of it, deciding the Jedi's time is up.
He is interrupted by Yoda who observes as Luke fails in his resolve, unable to set fire to the tree. Instead, Yoda summons a lightning bolt and ignites the flames, doing the deed for him. Though Luke is shocked and upset by his old teacher's actions, Yoda tells him that the books don't contain anything that Rey does not already possess.
We find out later in the film's closing moments that Yoda was not being figurative — Rey literally possesses the books, as they are stowed away on the Millennium Falcon. But did she put them there?
It's an intriguing question. Because she knows the texts exist and is looking for answers that Luke cannot provide, it stands to reason that she would take them from the Jedi hermit.
Or did Yoda perhaps put them there in some act of Jedi wizardry, knowing she would put them to better use in the future?
The film raises more mystery about the Jedi's knowledge, what they are capable of, and the true nature of balance of the Force. But Rey has the means to determine some answers by looking at the Jedi Order's history.
But maybe the answers don't lie in books, as Yoda himself intimates in his discussion with Luke.0comments
Hopefully we get some answers in two years time, when Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled to hit theaters.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing.