The collective interweb has been driven into absolute overdrive with the reveal of the title of the next Star Wars movie. Episode VIII will be titled “THE LAST JEDI”.
Of course, without any further context this makes the title very cryptic and mysterious. However, it hasn’t stopped the speculating gears in our minds from turning over and over. We’ve got some ideas. Bear in mind, we know nothing more than the rest of you, so all our suggestions should be taken with a bit of salt. We’re just having a little fun.
The Last Jedi: Luke Skywalker
So, to start – we know that Luke is not literally the last of the Jedi, at least in theory. Rey is also Force Sensitive and on the path to becoming a Jedi, but she is yet to truly nail her colours to the mast (more on that later). There could also be innumerable Jedi or those capable of being a Jedi out there. We literally don’t know. What we do know, is that Luke Skywalker is considered to be the last remaining Jedi, at least by the First Order. This much is seen from the opening crawl of The Force Awakens.
Star Wars Episode VIII may well be based around two major arcs. The story of Luke Skywalker – The Last Jedi; his life post-RotJ, how he ended up on Ahch-To, what he has been doing since then, and his training of Rey. Secondly, we may see the First Order on the hunt for Skywalker as they were in The Force Awakens and presumably have been since the fall of the Empire post-Return of the Jedi. This also may feed our theory that Benicio Del Toro’s character is a Sith Inquisitor much like the ones we see in Star Wars: Rebels. Not a Sith Lord, but a being whose sole purpose is to seek out the remaining, and in this case supposed last remaining Jedi Knight.
Whether this ends in Luke Skywalker’s death or not, is another story. It is expected (and we would put money on it) that Mark Hamill will return for Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX. We still cannot rule out Hamill exiting the franchise as they look to head into a new era of new characters and heroes. If this was the case, Luke Skywalker would be the last Jedi while the Force would plummet into a state of imbalance with the dawn of a new hero in Episode IX to restore that balance in the Force.
The Last Jedi: Rey
The final scenes of The Force Awakens showed Rey, who scenes previously had realised her powers in the Force and defeated Kylo Ren in a lightsaber battle, approach Luke Skywalker and hand back his own weapon. We are of course, presuming and expecting that Rey now begins her own path to becoming a Jedi with training from Luke Skywalker. If she completes (or comes close to, y’know how this goes) her training and Luke does succumb to the Dark forces of the First Order then it would leave Rey as the last remaining Jedi. This would echo the words of Yoda on Dagobah in Return of the Jedi – “Luke, when gone am I… the last of the Jedi will you be.”. If mirroring the Original Trilogy as we expect, we may see another passing of Master to Apprentice in the Sequel Trilogy.
This would leave Rey facing into facing the First Order as the last remaining Jedi. She is not alone, of course. She has the Resistance and her allies Poe Dameron, Chewbacca & Finn. However just as Luke Skywalker went into the Imperial base on Endor to face Darth Vader and the Emperor, Rey could be facing Kylo Ren & Supreme Leader Snoke as the last Jedi. This may be too on the nose and too close to the Original Trilogy for many however.
The Last Jedi: Kylo Ren
After killing his father Han Solo in The Force Awakens, many feel that Kylo Ren’s descent into the Dark Side of the Force is now complete. This much is even shown by the lighting in that very scene. As Han approached Ben Solo, the lighting on his face is half blue half red. We take this to show his struggle between Light & Dark. But when he lands that fatal blow, we see the lighting turn to red entirely, thus showing him having completed what he needed to do. It is pretty obvious.
However, there are many theories speculating that Kylo Ren may actually come back to the Light side of the Force before the end of the saga. Many believe that Ben Solo is in fact based on the character Jacen Solo of the old Star Wars Expanded Universe (canon before the Disney deal), or Legends as these stories are now known. Jacen Solo was almost identical to Ben Solo. Son of Han & Leia, trained as a Jedi under his Uncle Luke, fell to the Dark side and became known as Darth Caedus. He also killed Luke in battle before being struck down by his sister, Jaina Solo. However this is not before he returned to the Light Side of the Force, much like Darth Vader did in Return of the Jedi. If Jacen Solo is a piece of inspiration for Kylo Ren, we may well see Ben Solo return to the Light side of the Force through Episode VIII and into Episode IX. But what about Rey you ask?
Well, here’s where we see Rey & Kylo Ren do a Force team switcheroo! If Kylo’s guilt brings him back to the Light, then we may see anger, hate and suffering bring Rey to the Dark side. Rey’s origin is as of yet unknown, but we do see her left on Jakku as a child with Unkar Plutt. There is every chance that young Rey was in training as a Jedi, and the only Padawan to survive the Knights of Ren’s presumed massacre. When she finds this out, she may harbour feelings of hate towards Luke for abandoning her rather than taking her with him to resume her training. There is also the question of her parentage. If they died as a result of actions by the Jedi or the Resistance, Rey may further go down the path to the Dark side in her struggle over what happened. If this happens, Ben Solo returns to the Light and once again assuming Luke dies, then Kylo Ren will be the last Jedi. Sure, that means a lot of different factors very conveniently falling into place, but don’t ever say we here at Nerd Lowdown HQ can’t clutch at straws!
The Last Jedi: Plural
If there is one constant throughout the Star Wars Universe, it is when you are told that there are no more Jedi then presume there is in fact a tonne fuck of them hiding somewhere across the Galaxy. Order 66 and the following events was supposed to have written them all off – we know from Clone Wars, Rebels and then into the Original Trilogy this wasn’t exactly fact.
Despite the fact that at the start of The Force Awakens it is seen by many that the Jedi are but a legend, the Resistance at least knows that Luke Skywalker is alive but hidden. The same goes for the First Order. However both do have an advantage having Luke’s family members in both organisations. The general galactic public would assume the Jedi are no more – the same as is thought in Rogue One on Jedha.
However, Jedi is both singular and plural. Like Sith, or Fish or Sheep. You have one Jedi or eleventyseven billion Jedi. Thus, The Last Jedi may refer to more than one Jedi. This may merely be a reference to both Luke & Rey – a throwaway line stating “We are the last of the Jedi.” would easily justify the title. It is less likely but still possible that there are other Jedi hiding out across the Galaxy. Luke was surely very active between episodes VI & VII, which occupies about a thirty year time frame. Assuming Luke set out to create his New Jedi Order instantly after Return of the Jedi, and even if he took five find a handful of Padawans (let’s say around ten years old) and another fifteen to train them to a certain competency and leaves ten years of a gap prior to the start of The Force Awakens. Kylo Ren and his Knights would still have time to swoop in and end the Order’s revival.
There could be a few Jedi Knights roaming around the Galaxy in secret, operating against The First Order. The reappearance of their old Master Luke Skywalker and a new Apprentice in Rey may spur them out of hiding to join the cause. Sure, it would make the title a bit deceiving, but that can happen with a word that is both singular & plural!
So there you have it! Our theories on what the Star Wars Episode VIII sub-title, The Last Jedi may mean! We are of course having a little bit of fun but who knows, we may be right! Hit us up with your own suggestions!