Naturally you can expect spoilers for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.' Don't read on if you haven't watched the movie.
Slashfilm has recently revealed a script, supposedly from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now, while we can't confirm the legitimacy of the script -- which was apparently sent from Disney to the Writers Guild of America -- it does seem fairly rock solid.
Although we can assume that the script is genuine, it doesn't include scenes which didn't take make it into the movie (sorry -- no deleted scene gems); this might seem a little suspicious, but it's fairly commonplace, especially in cases like this where the script is being used as a means of raking-in a few awards.
What we can see from the script is the thought behind several key events, as well as having a few speculations confirmed.
1. Rey was touched by the Dark Side
Offering insights revealed in The Force Awakens script, Slashfilm reports that much like in the final battle between Luke and Vader -- where the Emperor tries to sway Luke to the Dark Side, Rey also stood on the precipice of evil when facing Kylo Ren.
“And she could kill him — right now, with ONE VICIOUS STRIKE! But she stops. Realizing she stands on a greater edge than even the cliff — the edge of the dark side. The earth SHAKES. The earth splits. A gully forms.”
Drawing further parallels between Luke and Rey's struggles: in the novelization of the movie, Rey actually has the voice of Supreme Leader Snoke in her head, ordering her to kill Kylo.
2. Kylo feels the light
Interestingly, the script also reveals that where Rey felt a touch of the dark side, Kylo Ren is struggling with the light side. Yes, this isn't news to us, but the script reveals that where this extreme act of evil should have strengthened Kylo, it actually weakened him.
“Kylo Ren is somehow WEAKENED by this wicked act.”
Apparently Kylo was shocked... although I'll bet he wasn't as shocked as his dad. With his horror at the event broken by a certain raging Wookie, it's safe to say that Kylo is set to become a remorseless badass in the future.
3. Rey and Unkar Plutt
Who wouldn't want Simon Pegg as a babysitter? Well, the Force Awakens script reveals that Rey was left on Jakku with Unkar Plutt. Although this was already assumed by most of us, it's still an interesting find.
“A little girl. Rey as a child. She is sobbing, hysterical. Unkar Plutt’s meaty hand holds her thin arm. She is on Jakku, watching a starship fly into the sky, abandoning her.” Rey yells, “No, come back!” and Unkar Plutt responds, “Quiet, girl!” as the “ship flies towards the desert sun, which is strangely eclipsed, as if being eaten by darkness.”
It does prompt a few questions though, such as why Rey's relationship with Unkar is all business: if he raised her -- as we can assume he did -- shouldn't there more more of a relationship, even if only a negative one?
4. Luke's sanctuary
We learn from the script that Luke's sanctuary is named AHCH-TO, which isn't a planet known in the wider Star Wars universe.
“Pristine and mighty OCEAN... endless BLUE, dotted with random, beautiful, mountainous BLACK ROCK ISLANDS, dotted with countless GREEN TREES.”
Considering the sheer number of Star Wars planets we know of, this is pretty surprising; why not just use something we've heard of before? Well, Slashfilm has a pretty solid theory, which is that Ahch-To stands for act 2, appropriate considering this is where we're ending the first movie of the new trilogy, or "act one."
5. Confirmation of Rey's visions
During Star Wars 7 Rey has a mysterious vision which prompted several questions, many of which are answered by the script. For one thing we learn that the hallway was within Cloud City, as the script mentions “a hallway from deep inside Cloud City.” Moreover, we can also confirm that the men with Kylo Ren were in fact the Knights of Ren:
“We PIVOT AROUND HER to REVEAL KYLO REN, and the six other KNIGHTS OF REN, who flank him!”
My personal favorite, however, is the explanation given to the shot of Luke's robotic hand resting on R2-D2, which is confirmed as being from the attack on the Jedi training academy: “see a BURNING TEMPLE AT NIGHT.” That's some damned spooky shit!
6. Luke knows what's going down
Finally, the script reveals information on Luke's mental state when Rey finally catches up to him on Ahch-To. The veteran Jedi is described as much older... well that's a good start after 30 years; but it continues by revealing:
[He has] “kindness in his eyes, but there’s something tortured, too.”
The script then describes the interaction between the unlikely pair:
[Luke] “doesn’t need to ask her who she is, or what she is doing here... the look says it all.”
Is this because of some blood relation, or a connection through the Force? Perhaps Luke's strength with the Force has developed to a whole new level... he is a Jedi Master after all!