The Last Jedi -- There Are A Whole Bunch Of Hints About That Luke Twist
The controversial ending of Star Wars: The Last Jedi finds bearded hermit / alien colostrum connoisseur Luke Skywalker returning to save the day. In a moment that made us all wonder whether midichlorians provide no defenses against senility, he confidently struts alone toward an entire army of Space Neo-Nazis.
Lucasfilm"I was just coming to pick up some salt for my alien boob stew, but might as well ..."
But we soon discover that Luke isn't truly on the planet Crait. He's still on the Island of Misfit Jedi, astral projecting an image of himself -- a trick Jedi usually reserve for faking visits home at Thanksgiving. Other than the fact that Luke suddenly has a midlife-crisis-like dye job, there are a few other tiny clues to what's going on before the twist is revealed.
Like, remember how the planet's red surface is covered in a layer of salt (which we learn thanks to the Resistance's resident planet taster)? As they duel, Kylo Ren creates red footprints, but Luke doesn't.
LucasfilmBut a previous scene established that Skywalkers can fly, so ...
Luke is also wielding his familiar blue lightsaber, which you may recall got wishboned earlier in the movie.
Lucasfilm"I had to buy a new one from some nerd at Comic-Con."
Even more subtly, the falling salt snow never lands on Luke or his lightsaber. Even when he brushes his shoulder like the "before" guy in a commercial for Galactic Head & Shoulders, there's nothing there.
LucasfilmBack in the island, a Porg took a crap on his shoulder at that moment.