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March 02, 2018 at 08:00 AM EST

Rey and the Raiders of the Caretaker Village

After receiving some Jedi guidance from Luke Skywalker in the temple overlooking the rest of Ahch-To, Rey looks down at the shoreline and sees a line of lights arriving by sea. They are headed toward the small village inhabited by the Caretakers, the amphibian alien “nuns” who tend to the ancient Jedi structures.

Those are a warring tribe, Skywalker tells her, here to raid the village. He watches impassively while Rey is itching to unleash her lightsaber.

But wait, Luke says, even if she did fight them and drive them away, they would just return in the weeks to come even angrier and fortified with more fighters. Would Rey still be here when that happened?

The Jedi would let this play out, he tells her. They would choose not to be involved, out of fear of making it worse. … So does she really want to be a Jedi?

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Rey scrambles down the mountain and ignites the blue as she sprints across the shoreline. (This was a shot featured in the trailer, even though it was removed from the film.)

Luke is calling out to her, but she’s done listening to him.

Some fans may watch this and assume it was the mysterious “third lesson” that he never actually taught her, but Johnson says it’s not.

If anything, she learns she can’t fully trust him anymore.

“Originally it was just a breaking point for her. Okay, he’s gone too far,” Johnson says. “This is the point where she finally says, ‘Okay, if you’re not gonna help, then I’ve wasted too much time here.”

Johnson thought this division would be necessary to drive Rey toward Kylo Ren in their Force vision conversations.

“In her next-to-last Force connection she has with Kylo, which is the very intense one, the context for that was her coming off this rejection and angry moment with Luke,” Johnson says. “When we take that segment out, suddenly she’s coming into that Force connection after leaving things in a hopeful place with Luke, at the end of the temple lesson.”

Removing the raiders scene leads to a very different set-up, one that perhaps stings Luke even more.

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“It’s much more of a crushing reversal when Luke finds her in the hut [talking to Kylo,]” Johnson says. “You get the sense that she and Luke were actually making progress, as opposed to, oh, things were screwed up.”

As for that unspoken “third lesson”…?

Johnson acknowledges it’s not directly addressed, but says there are things about the movie that fans can choose to interpret as his final instruction to Rey. But he hesitates to say more because this may (or may not) be something explored further in 2019’s Episode IX.

In other words, this may be J.J. Abrams’ problem now.

“Not problem, but possibility,” Johnson clarifies. “There are no problems, there’s only potential.”

Next scene: Luke In Mourning

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