Written by: Ryne Brown, Follow him on Twitter @rynekbrown and on Twitch: Ryne_Time
“When gone am I, the last of the Jedi, will you be” – Master Yoda
We finally know the subtitle for Star Wars Episode VIII, after months of speculation and rumored titles, Lucasfilm officially announced today through Starwars.com the next installment in the “Skywalker Saga” would be “Star Wars: The Last Jedi“.
The biggest question that is on all of our minds is who is “The Last Jedi”? Does it mean just one person, or multiple considering Jedi is also a plural form. Let’s discuss some possible scenarios on who or whom the title could refer too.
Obvious Choice: Luke Skywalker
As Master Yoda told us in Return of the Jedi, Luke becomes the last of the Jedi after Yoda becomes one with the force. During the opening crawl of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we are reminded of this when it states Luke is the last Jedi. This is going to be a big film for Luke Skywalker considering we only got a glimpse of him in his exile on Ach-Too, home to the first Jedi Temple in The Force Awakens. The supposed premise of “The Last Jedi” will focus on Luke training Rey to become a Jedi and using her new found force powers. We know Luke attempted to start training a new generation of Jedi, but that was destroyed by his nephew Ben Solo, or as he is now known, Kylo Ren. More than likely the title refers to Luke since as the current state he is the last Jedi.
2nd Choice: Rey
No she’s not a Jedi yet, but with this upcoming film focusing on her training by Luke could Rian Johnson, director of Episode VIII be foreshadowing what is to come in “The Last Jedi”? When it comes to Star Wars, it seems the Mentors/Masters never seem to stay around too long. If Rey completes her training by the films end, could this be the last time we see Luke Skywalker alive? We know it’s public knowledge that Mark Hamill has signed on for all three sequel films, but that doesn’t mean he has to be alive for the third one. What if we see Luke Skywalker make the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good like his Master Obi-Wan did in A New Hope. If that were to happen, that would make Rey, the last Jedi. It’s not out of the realm of possibility for this film, considering all the comparisons between the new trilogy and the original trilogy.
3rd Choice: Kylo Ren
Not the obvious choice, but still an interesting one that I would love to see come to fruition on screen would be for Kylo Ren to come back to the light side and become Ben Solo again. It’s evident Kylo is struggling with the decision of turning to the dark side of the force, even going as far as killing his father, Han Solo, so that he can please his Master, Supreme Leader Snoke. If Darth Vader, a Jedi turned Sith can play a big part in wiping out all the remaining Jedi with countless other horrible acts after the events of Episode III, then why couldn’t Kylo Ren be redeemed? It’s the most far fetched theory considering Kylo is our dark side force using villain next to Snoke.
Last Choice: Jedi(Plural)
What if the title isn’t just a reference to one particular person but multiple characters. The obvious choices would be Luke and Rey. They could be “The Last Jedi” by Luke training Rey and them eventually destroying Snoke and the First Order in the final movie of the new trilogy. Another theory I have is that the story takes us to a situation where Luke Skywalker dies and we see Kylo Ren come back to the light side of the force and teams up with Rey to destroy the First Order along with Snoke. By making these two “The Last Jedi”, it could pave way for a new trilogy and possibly them passing on what they have learned to a new generation of Jedi. Similar to what Luke did after the events of “Return of the Jedi”.
So fellow Star Wars fans, what do you think? Do you agree with the theories or maybe you have one of your own? Let us know in the comments or join the discussion on our Facebook page. I’m sure we all can agree on one thing though and that’s December 15th cannot get here soon enough.
May the Force be with you
By Ryne Brown, follow me on Twitter @rynekbrown