When the title for Star Wars Episode VIII was finally released it caused a storm of speculation as everyone tried to guess just who the eponymous "last Jedi" is. Theories range from Luke Skywalker being the last Jedi — which may mean Rey won't become a Jedi — to the last Jedi being someone we haven't met yet. But of course, this hunt for who the last Jedi is is somewhat derailed by another option: That The Last Jedi actually refers to a group of people, as the plural of Jedi is Jedi. And now, thanks to the international titles for the film, it seems like this is indeed the case.
The French, Spanish, and German titles for #StarWars8 have now been revealed, and each of them use the plural form of the noun in their respective languages: Les dernier, los ultimos, die letzen, etc.
These international titles come to us courtesy of the official #StarWars Twitter accounts, so there can be no doubt of their legitimacy. And now we know that The Last Jedi is in fact a group, this has very interesting implications for the movie...
Will Luke Skywalker Start A New Jedi Order?
The question we must now ask is just how many Jedi does the title refer to — are the plural Jedi just Luke and Rey, or even more people? After Return of the Jedi, many of us assumed that Luke Skywalker would start a new Jedi Order, and in the old Expanded Universe of books and comics this is exactly what he did. However, #TheForceAwakens derailed this ambition, revealing that although Luke began to train new Jedi students that this was all in vain, as Ben Solo / Kylo Ren fell to the dark side and slaughtered Luke's trainee Jedi.
Of course, all was not lost. The Force Awakens also introduced us to a new generation of Force Sensitive people in the form of Rey — and maybe Finn too, considering all those subtle hints that he also felt the power of the Force. So are these characters the only Force Sensitive people left in the galaxy, or are Luke and Rey about to embark on a massive recruitment drive?
It seems highly likely that The Last Jedi will just focus on Luke training Rey in the ways of the Force, and maybe dropping more hints about Finn (if that's where his plot is going). Also, the word "last" in the title implies that Luke and Rey will be the last of their kind — will this sequel trilogy really culminate in the destruction of the Jedi way of life? Or is this just some really good phraseology to spark conversation and build hype until the movie is released? We may never know... until December 15th of course.
Do you think Luke and Rey will be the absolute last of their kind?
[Header image by Eli Hyder. Poll image credit: Lucasfilm]