In The Book of Boba Fett Chapter 6, we get a look at a bunch of droids building a hut for Luke Skywalker on a remote forest world, where he trains Grogu in the ways of the Force.
Din Djarin visits the planet, where Luke, Grogu, R2-D2, and Ahsoka Tano are hanging out. Djarin asks Ahsoka “what is this place?” and she responds, “It’s nothing now, but will someday be a great school. Grogu will be its first student.” Later, at the end of the episode, as Luke gives Grogu a choice between the lightsaber and the beskar chainmail, Luke says, “But if you choose the lightsaber, you will be the first student in my academy, and I will train you to be a great Jedi.” So clearly, we are seeing Luke begin to train a new generation of Jedi, which is really thrilling. He’s beginning to “pass on what you have learned,” as Yoda commanded him, and we actually get to see Luke in action training his first student – by teaching him the same things Yoda taught Luke years before.
But that raises a few questions, and though we don’t have concrete answers to any of them, I thought it would be fun to speculate on some of them.
1. Is this the same Jedi Temple that Ben Solo destroyed?
A few decades after the events of this show: Ben Solo will destroy all of Luke’s efforts to rebuild the Jedi, destroying the Temple and driving Luke into exile. Luke had taken Ben, his nephew, and a dozen others to rebuild the Temple, training students like Ben, Hennix, Tai, and Voe, among others. Luke sensed the darkness rising in Ben, but thought he could stop it – until it was too late. Ben destroyed the Temple – though it seems he wasn’t exactly intending to – and then wound up killing some of the other students after they pursued him.
The location of that Temple was on a secret world known only to Luke, R2, and his students, and we don’t know which planet it was on. But we did get a look at it in the sequel trilogy (most prominently in The Last Jedi), as well as in The Rise of Kylo Ren comic by Charles Soule. And people have looked at that Temple, and the Temple in The Book of Boba Fett, and wondered if it’s meant to be the same location.
The buildings don’t really give a whole lot away, as of course over the course of two decades the place could change and evolve a lot, with more buildings being built! The question is whether the surroundings match at all, and initially, it doesn’t look like it. Luke’s Temple doesn’t appear to be on a forested world, and it doesn’t look to have as many mountains either. The trees and other growth could easily be cleared out to make room for more buildings, so that’s not an indicator either, but it’s harder to do something about the mountains, except to realize that we’ve never really gotten a full and complete look at the planet yet.
Here’s my take on it: I think this scene is definitely supposed to imply that this is the beginnings of Luke’s Temple, and that this is the same location where Ben Solo would train at. It’s simpler that way, and the vast majority of the people watching aren’t going to care much more than that. So I think we should definitely operate as if this is intended to be the same place, without definitively saying it is. The landscape does look different, but I think there’s ways around that down the road. But it’s also possible that, should Grogu choose to go back to Djarin, that Luke would give up his teaching ways until Ben Solo comes along and he starts over again – including maybe on a different planet. Either way, what we are meant to take away is that we are seeing the beginning of Luke forming a Jedi Academy to train the next generation, and that will be continued years later with Ben and other students. This is meant to give the impression that it’s the same location, but whether it actually is or not remains unclear.
2. What planet is Luke’s Temple on?
Once again… we don’t know. The location of Luke’s Temple has never been revealed in the new canon material, but we do know that it was kept a strict secret. That doesn’t mean that no one knew it – Luke, his students, and R2 did, and surely others too (like maybe Ahsoka Tano and/or Din Djarin, especially if this is the same location) – but it does mean that the galaxy at large didn’t know. And that’s much like the way Luke operated during this period too, as he resigned his commission in the New Republic and was off on his own traveling the galaxy, becoming a myth to most people (like Rey in The Force Awakens).
The only location that we do know about is that Luke trained Leia on the planet Ajan Kloss, which happened about four years before these events with him training Grogu (which itself happens around five or six years before he began training Ben Solo). We get to see that planet in The Rise of Skywalker, and though it’s a luscious forest world, it doesn’t look exactly like the world in The Book of Boba Fett.
Once again, it’s similar enough that it could work, but different enough that it makes me question whether it’s actually the same planet. And my guess is no. I think Luke trained Leia on Ajan Kloss but then switched planets by the time of The Book of Boba Fett, which shouldn’t be a big surprise after he spent years traveling the galaxy and discovering more about the Jedi and their history. He probably found a world that was a vergence in the Force, like Dagobah was, and decided to plant some roots there. And if Luke did indeed change planets between training Leia and training Grogu, it makes it more reasonable that he might also switch planets between training Grogu and training Ben.
So anyway, whereas my answer to the previous question is an intrigued yet cautious maybe, my answer to this question is a “likely not” to it being Ajan Kloss, or any world we really know of in the first place. It’s probably a new planet.
3. Has Luke already discovered Ahch-To by this point?
This, to me, is the most interesting part about seeing the Temple in this episode, yet one that I haven’t really seen many people discussing. But first, let’s back up a bit and clarify the details surrounding Luke’s search for Ahch-To, which was the location of the first Jedi Temple. Importantly, in The Force Awakens, Han Solo mentioned that Luke went looking for the first Jedi Temple, and he found it. But he had actually found it long before, which is why Lor San Tekka was able to figure it out as well. I explained it more in-depth here, but here’s the basics: Luke was traveling the galaxy learning about the history of the Jedi, and Lor San Tekka became an aid in this endeavor, even accompanying Luke on certain missions. Luke searched for the place where the Jedi all started, and he was able to find it by studying the Uneti Tree (a tree that bears a strong connection to the Force) that had been on the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Through this study, Luke was able to piece together and figure out where the Jedi had started, on Ahch-To, a world strong with the Force. But Luke kept this discovery secret, instead focusing on training a new generation of Jedi. But this is how Lor San Tekka was also able to figure it out and provide the key clue to Leia and the Resistance, as he had helped Luke on these matters.
Ok, so there’s the history lesson, and my point in explaining all of that is this: Luke knew about Ahch-To long before he actually went into exile there. What we don’t know is if he visited it already or not – but I wonder if The Book of Boba Fett shows us a subtle clue. After all, the building that the droids are making looks awfully similar to the buildings on Ahch-To!
I’m not convinced that is just a coincidence. The fact that Luke’s Temple on this unknown world looks just like the huts that we see on Ahch-To is, I’m guessing, very intentional, and I think what it implies is that Luke had already visited that world by the point of The Book of Boba Fett, which is set around five years after the original trilogy. (It’s also worth pointing out that a recent issue of the Star Wars comic by Charles Soule saw Luke have a vision where he talked with Jedi Master Elzar Mann on Ahch-To, so there’s another connection with the planet.) And given the backstory of how Luke figured out the location, it would certainly line up for Luke to have already known the location of the planet by this point in the timeline, and if he knew about it, I would be very surprised if he didn’t visit it, given his fascination with learning the history of the Jedi Order.
In other words: I think Luke has already visited Ahch-To by the time of The Book of Boba Fett, and I think the similarities in the design of his Temple is a clue toward that end.