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Let’s get started by laying our cards on the table. Yes, this is all rumor and speculation and if that kind of thing makes you roll your eyes, feel free to do so and move on. That’s fine. That’s cool. However, if you like picking through clues and tidbits and stories that may or may not be total B.S. because doing so is fun…welcome. Let’s take a look at the latest story surrounding Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which involves Luke Skywalker’s Jedi jewelry…which may be more than it appears.

Although we do not have access to The Last Jedi spoilers of any kind, we are going to discuss tidbits that could be true and could into play in Rian Johnson‘s upcoming Star Wars sequel. If you’d rather avoid details of any kind, true or not-so-true, consider this your spoiler warning.

Today’s story comes from Making Star Wars, an outlet that has a strong track record when it comes to breaking accurate stories about the new movies. This is really a story with two components – one that will make you go “Huh” and one that will make you go “Hmm.”

Let’s start with the “Huh.” According to their sources, Luke Skywalker, living an isolated, bearded, monk-ish existence on Ach-To before Rey shows up with his old lightsaber, wears a necklace with his ratty Jedi robes. From a distance, the necklace is said to look like a “dog whistle.” A closer inspection reveals a small, red crystal sticking out. Making Star Wars is confident that this apparel is real and that Mark Hamill does wear it in the film. What’s not clear is if it’s just apparel or if it’s actually someone of significant importance to the plot. And that’s where the “Hmm” comes in.

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A Red Crystal, You Say?

Making Star Wars recalls another, older rumor they had heard about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This rumor said that Luke is hiding a Kyber crystal, a stones that could power a lightsaber, and that this particular Kyber crystal could be the one that powered his father’s lightsaber. Darth Vader’s lightsaber. A red lightsaber.

Let’s backtrack for a moment. We know that Lucasfilm has its act together with the new canon, meticulously planting seeds for future plot developments across all mediums. It’s surely no accident that a novel centered on Grand Moff Tarkin was published a few years before he returned to the screen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And it’s surely no accident that Rogue One made a big, huge deal out of Kyber crystals, objects that would only be known to the more obsessive Star Wars fans.

What if Rogue One was quietly laying the groundwork for The Last Jedi, introducing general audiences to the crystals that power lightsabers so they’d be able to quickly understand the importance of one in The Last Jedi? Combine this with the idea that maybe Luke keeps his father’s old crystal (we never saw what became of his father’s second lightsaber after his death!) for sentimental reasons, and a picture starts to come together.

But wait! There’s more! Last year, reports from the set of The Last Jedi described a massive fight scene between Rey, Luke, Kylo Ren, and a group of black-clad warriors. Filmed on cliffs overlooking the Irish coast, this scene clearly involves an invasion of Ach-To by the Knights of Ren. What if there’s a reason Kylo Ren is seeking out Luke Skywalker beyond a basic desire to murder his old master? What if he wants to complete his Darth Vader memorabilia collection? What if he wants to power his lightsaber with his grandfather’s old crystal?

Let’s chew on that for a bit. After all, we have until December 15, 2017 to see for sure.

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