Warning: This post discusses the ending of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you’re the one person left on the planet who hasn’t seen the movie or read spoilers online, get out of here.
So, at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, after the destruction of the Death Star Version 3.0, Rey sets off to an unnamed planet, explores some mysterious ruins and finds an old, rather tired-looking Luke Skywalker waiting for her there. This new world is quite unlike any we’ve seen in the Star Wars movies before – green, windswept and featuring what looks to be a large ocean, the planet brings to mind the landscape of Scotland or Ireland. Naturally, fans have been curious about what this new planet is all about.
Well, now we know a little more about the planet thanks to a version of The Force Awakens‘ script being disseminated for awards season, and a novelization of the movie for kids. According to the script and book, the planet is named…wait for it…Ahch-To. Yeesh. That’s a noise you make when you sneeze, not a planet name. Ahch-To is the location of the First Jedi Temple that Luke set off in search of, but it seems like he may not have found exactly what he was looking for. Lucasfilm story group member Pablo Hidalgo has confirmed this info…https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/682745067392471040
Oh, and the Ahch-To scene was indeed filmed in the ruins of an ancient monastery in Skellig Michael, Ireland, which explains why it looks so much like the Emerald Isle.
And that’s about all we know so far, although I’m sure we’ll be seeing plenty of the planet in Star Wars Episode VIII. Whether Ahch-To becomes as iconic as worlds like Tatooine, Hoth and Dagobah remains to be seen.
(via Comic Book)