'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Foreshadowed the Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren Scene

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Spoiler warning: Save this post for later if you haven't seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

After a two-year wait, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finally here. Thousands of superfans saw the eighth installment of the galactic franchise on Thursday night, and judging by early reactions, director Rian Johnson did not let them down. (Hopefully, you've heeded the spoiler warning above, but one more time for the skimmers: Stop reading now if you don't want Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoilers.)

There's a lot to unpack from those two and a half hours. Leia's still alive, Laura Dern might not be and Porgs probably taste like chicken. But one of the biggest scenes of the film was the climactic fight between Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker and his on-screen evil nephew, Adam Driver's Kylo Ren. Breaking from Star Wars tradition, this fight ended with the master besting his dark-side pupil, though not by killing him. Instead, Luke reveals he is not actually on the rebel base fighting Ren—he's still on the island Ahch-To, using the Force to project himself to Kylo Ren.

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Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” “I almost had to think of Luke as another character,” Hamill said in a press-junket video. “He’s Jake Skywalker. He’s not my Luke Skywalker.” Lucasfilm/Disney

We already knew the Force could be used to project objects—a technique Darth Vader used when fighting Luke—but we've never seen a Jedi with the power to do such an advanced move before. And the projection took a lot of Luke, clearly, as the icon died and became one with the Force after doing so.

It all happened so quickly you might have missed the little details, but there were many hints leading up to the reveal that Luke wasn't really there.

The Lightsaber

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Rey holding Luke Skywalker's blue lightsaber in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.' Walt Disney Studios

Luke wields his original blue lightsaber to fight Kylo Ren in their final battle. It's all very fitting, but it also doesn't make sense, considering Rey and Kylo Ren had just snapped said lightsaber in half moments earlier on Snoke's ship. As we now know, that's because the lightsaber wasn't real—and neither is Luke's projection.

The Hair

If you were paying attention, you'd notice that the Luke who appears on Crait doesn't look like the same Luke Rey left on the island. This Luke has shorter hair and a darker beard—he looks the way he did in the flashback scene where he confronts Ben Solo. In other words, he looks the way Kylo Ren remembers him looking.

The Footprints

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Adam Driver as Kylo Ren in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.' Walt Disney Studios

This one you might need a rewatch to catch: Luke doesn't leave red footprints when he's fighting in in the salty Crait sand, but Kylo Ren does. It's a little thing, but it's very noticeable when you're looking for it—there's even a close-up of Ren's footprints to highlight the fact that Luke's aren't there.

The Hint From Kylo Ren Himself

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Adam Driver as Kylo Ren in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi.' Walt Disney Studios

Of course, a big hint that the Force can be used to project oneself came from Kylo Ren appearing to Rey on the island when their minds were connected. At one point, Kylo Ren even says that he doesn't understand how Rey could be projecting herself without killing herself—implying that the powerful mind trick is dangerous. And as we learned from Luke's death, it was dangerous.

Of course, everything is obvious in retrospect—there's no way Luke could have gotten off his island if he wanted to. It seems safe to say the sunken X-wing that Rey saw suffered some pretty serious water damage.

Just before he dies, Luke looks off into the two suns on the horizon. It's a touching call back to the famous double Tatooine sunset shot in A New Hope, the 1977 film that started it all. And while he may be gone for now, it seems likely from Luke's parting line that he'll be back to haunt Kylo Ren: "See ya around, kid."

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Luke walking off into the double sunset in 'A New Hope.' Lucasfilm

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