In The Book of Boba Fett Chapter 6, “From the Desert Comes a Stranger,” we saw a number of droids busy at work building the beginnings of Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Temple. Both Ahsoka and Luke mention that Grogu would be the first student at this new school, this Jedi Academy (which turns out not to be the case), and we ultimately know what winds up happening with the school, as Ben Solo rebels and destroys it all.
But is this the same Temple that Ben would destroy years later? The hut that is being built looks a ton like the one that we know was built at Luke’s Temple, as seen in The Last Jedi and The Rise of Kylo Ren comic. But the surrounding landscape of the planet doesn’t look too similar, which had people wondering. Of course, a few decades is quite a significant span of time, and we only glimpsed the beginning here, but still – is this the same place?
The answer, it appears, is yes.
In the StarWars,com article recapping some of the highlights of that episode, Kristen Baver wrote this:
We’ve glimpsed Luke’s storied temple in comic books and on film, although to be fair it was mostly rubble and flame in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now, we turn back the clock to see the new Jedi school at its inception, with ant droids working hard to place every stone on the first humble hut.
So that’s pretty direct recognition that this is, in fact, the same Jedi Temple that we saw in The Last Jedi. We saw it destroyed then, and we have now seen the very beginning stages of it being built in The Book of Boba Fett.
I definitely think this is the best and the easiest explanation. I mean, even if the scenery doesn’t look exactly the same here, there’s ways to explain how that changed over time. And I think that’s a lot easier to explain than to think about Luke re-locating his Temple to somewhere else; I suppose now that he doesn’t have any current students there would be an avenue to do so, but it definitely seemed to me like the intention of the episode was to draw a direct link between the two Temples and suggest that it was the same, and it does seem like that’s the case.
We don’t know what planet this is on, as the location of Luke’s Temple was kept secret in-universe (and we don’t know it yet either), but the design of the hut does raise an interesting question that I engaged at the time the episode aired – does it suggest that Luke has already visited Ahch-To by this point? The similarities between the huts on the island and this hut are very striking.
So there are obviously some interesting discussion points that stem from all of this, and I think it’s awesome that we’re getting to see the beginning of Luke’s journey as a master to a new generation, even if that’s on pause for the time being. The thematic link between having now seen the very beginning and the very end of Luke’s Temple is poetic and has me eager for more stories in-between. Regardless, it’s nice to see some confirmation on something fans were wondering about and now seem to have an answer for.