The Star Wars movies pack a lot of content into a 120-150 timeframe, and last December's The Last Jedi was no exception. As the middle chapter of the current trilogy, the Rian Johnson-directed installment was an especially big game changer for the Star Wars franchise, setting up big things for Episode IX. However, not everything written for The Last Jedi made the final cut, but fortunately, like the previous Star Wars movies, it received its own novelization, allowing for certain plot points to be expanded upon, other events to be shown (like Han Solo's funeral), new events to be revealed, etc.
The Last Jedi novelization hits shelves next Tuesday, but details about the book, passed on by Dork Sides of the Force, have already made their way online, and some of them are especially interesting. With that in mind, here are the surprises that can be found within The Last Jedi's novel form.
It goes without saying that SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Last Jedi are ahead.
Luke Had Already Decided To Burn The Jedi Texts
After Rey departed Ahch-To to confront Kylo Ren before her training was complete, Luke Skywalker set out to burn the tree containing the ancient Jedi texts to the ground, believing that the Jedi legacy needed to finally end. It turns out, though, that he planned to do that anyway right before Rey showed up, and it was only because the young woman was so insistent on him training her in the ways of the Force that he delayed his plan. Luke ultimately hesitated with setting the tree ablaze when Yoda's ghost appeared, and the deceased Jedi Master ended up doing the job himself with bolt of Force lightning. Fortunately, Rey packed the Jedi texts aboard the Millennium Falcon before she left, so even though the tree on Ahch-To is gone, its contents can still be appreciated.
Kylo Ren Would Have Saved Leia If Possible
Star Wars: The Last Jedi teased moviegoers in second trailer about whether or not Kylo Ren would kill his mother, Leia Organa. After all, he had no issue stabbing Daddy Solo in The Force Awakens. But when the moment came in the movie, the man once known as Ben Solo decided not to gun the bridge of the cruiser where his mother was located, with the novelization noting that he made this decision because he felt she wasn't angry with him. His wingmen, on the other hand, didn't get the memo, destroying the bridge and killing everyone on board except Leia, who used the Force to guide her back to the inhabitable part of that ship. The novelization also mentioned that Kylo would have used the Force to stop that missile, but because it happened so suddenly, he was taken off guard.