6 questions the Star Wars: The Last Jedi novel answers about the movie (including how Leia might be written out of Star Wars 9)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi may have been one of the longest movies set in a galaxy far, far away, but it couldn’t fit in everything. That’s where the novelisation comes in. A few lucky people (and a few naughty ones potentially breaching embargos) have managed to get their hands on copies before its release on March 6 and, oh boy, is there a lot to talk about. Reylo, Snoke’s backstory, Luke's final moments, it’s all here – and more.

As the book isn’t out yet and we haven’t been able to get out hands on a copy thus far, all the info below is from sources via Reddit, Twitter, and Tumblr, and so, while it’s easy to believe everything you read on the internet, we recommend treading carefully!

Kylo loves Rey?

This is one for shippers and those passionate about OTPs. Judging from the passage below, Rey suddenly realises that Kylo might have the hots for her. How that sets up Star Wars 9 is anyone’s guess, but it certainly paints that shirtless scene in a whole new light.

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Snoke's backstory

Oh, Snoke. Snoke, Snoke, Snoke. Probably the biggest disappointment for many upon leaving theaters was the lack of a big reveal surrounding the First Order’s head honcho. The novel does give us a few interesting tidbits, however. According to Redditor OmNomAnor, Snoke not only wasn’t expected to be First Order leader, he also learned of hidden Force powers in the Unknown Regions, which is why he is far more powerful than anyone in the movie. In case there was any doubt, he also wanted Rey to become his apprentice, so there’s that.

Luke hears Obi-Wan

The twin setting suns that signalled Luke’s death was powerful enough, but it could have been even more tear-jerking. He hears a voice – surely master Obi-Wan’s – telling him to let go. That’s then followed up by Leia sharing a moment with Chewie and saying “It’s just us now.” Sad face.

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Did Luke expect to die?

According to the novel: absolutely. In fact, burning down the library was only the first part on his path to self-destruction. The second, obviously, came later as he passes away. It’s good to see that the novelisation actually cleared that up, though – otherwise Luke comes across as a bit more hot-headed than we all thought.

How did Leia survive heading into space?

Well, she maybe didn’t. Potential spoilers for Star Wars 9 here (should they take that route), but it’s clear that all is not well with Leia upon her return from the stars. She’s suffering from solar radiation and hypoxia. Even for a force-Wielder, that’s probably a death sentence.

Does Luke know about Snoke?

So far, even details from the novel don’t clear things up completely. One post on Reddit suggests they may have even met. “Luke connected (as people) with Snoke to gain knowledge,” the post states. I’m not so sure, however. Luke meeting with Snoke (or even bridging his mind to the First Order Supreme Leader) seems risky at best and downright foolish at worst. Then again, maybe it’s something that will come to light in Star Wars 9…

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Bradley Russell

I'm the Senior Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.