On Monday, January 23rd, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII would be called The Last Jedi. Since last December when The Force Awakens was released, fans have been theorizing what the next installment would look like. I believe this title gives a lot more than expected.
Starting off, we currently know that there’s four confirmed living force sensitive people in the Galaxy: Rey, Kylo Ren (Ben Solo), Supreme Leader Snoke, and Luke Skywalker. Both Kylo and Snoke work for the First Order and would be considered Sith, not Jedi. That leaves us with Luke and Rey. I honestly don’t think this title is talking about Rey because Episode VII’s title, The Force Awakens, referred to her finding the force. It doesn’t make sense to have two movies back to back referencing Rey in the title.
Luke is the last Jedi to be trained by the last “true” Jedi Master, Yoda. Episode VIII is supposed to start where VII ended, and Rey is nowhere close to becoming a Jedi. The ghost voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi even tells Rey when she picks up Luke’s original lightsaber that “these are your first steps.” I have no doubt that by the end of this trilogy Rey will have become a full Jedi, but as of now she is just Luke’s new apprentice. Plus, in the opening crawl of The Force Awakens, it even refers to Luke as “The Last Jedi.”
“Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister FIRST ORDER has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed.”
– The Force Awakens Opening Crawl
From an official statement from Disney & Lucasfilm, it was said that The Last Jedi will be the next chapter in the Skywalker Saga. This had me thinking that Rey might turn out to be Luke’s daughter, but I think if they went that route it would be a letdown.
The new red logo also tells us a lot about the movie. Red signifies danger, and in the Star Wars franchise it is the color for the Sith. Maybe we will get some flashbacks of the two training before Kylo went full emo. This color was used in both Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith. Both of these films were the darkest of their trilogies and both featured major deaths.
The question is… who is going to die? My theory is Luke. This will pass the torch on to Rey, and then she will become “The Last Jedi.” I feel like his death will be in the last scene of the film, and it will be the “Luke, I am your father” moment that we got in Empire. At the same time, I don’t think they will kill anyone because they just killed off Han.
Now that we have the title, I would expect to have a teaser trailer within the next two months. You never know… they might even drop it next week during the Super Bowl.