The title announcement for Star Wars Episode VIII sent fans into a flurry of speculation, and with good reason — the title of The Last Jedi is tantalizingly vague, while teasing any number of dramatic plot points. The use of the word "last" has really got us worried, because the note of finality implies that someone will die. And it seems like that someone may well be Luke Skywalker himself, especially as he was already referred to as "the last Jedi" in #TheForceAwakens' opening credits.
While this may be jumping to conclusions, these are the conclusions that Lucasfilm and Disney clearly want us to jump to, as otherwise they wouldn't have chosen such a provocative title.
Yet, there is one reason we know Luke Skywalker won't die in #StarWars8 — because Lucasfilm already stated that he wouldn't.
A Long-Awaited Reunion
After Carrie Fisher passed away, there was much discussion about what Leia's role was initially intended to be in the sequel trilogy, and whether the production companies should follow through on this by using CGI to recreate the iconic actress. Later, Lucasfilm and Disney responded to the rumors, shutting them down once and for all.
But before this debate was put to rest, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the speculation that General Leia was to have a pivotal role in #StarWars9, revealing two key scenes that were planned.
According to THR, insider reports divulged details on two reunions that Leia was to experience: One with her son, and one with her brother.
Two key scenes were planned... a Leia reunion with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and a confrontation with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), her son who killed Harrison Ford's Han Solo in 2015's The Force Awakens. Details of where those scenes fit into the movies remain unclear, but insiders say Leia was to have been a bigger part of Episode IX than VIII
THR did not specify exactly which movie these scenes were to take place in, but reported that Leia was intended to have a larger role in Star Wars Episode 9 than any of the other sequel trilogy movies — and this is unsurprising, considering Episode 9 will feature the Resistance's final stand against the First Order.
The Last Jedi Will Survive
Implying that neither of these scenes had been shot yet, THR's report nevertheless makes one thing clear: Luke Skywalker will survive to reunite with his sister.
Unfortunately, we can't be sure which movie this scene was to take place in, but with Leia's role in Star Wars 9, it's a fair bet to say that she wasn't intended to reunite with her brother until then.
Of course, after Fisher's passing all of this is up in the air. If these scenes weren't shot, they may now be removed from the sequel trilogy entirely, depriving Leia of a reunion with her son and her brother. We also still don't know what Leia's fate will be in Star Wars Episode 8 — but considering Lucasfilm are reluctant to recreate her with CGI, it seems likely Leia will die in The Last Jedi.
If that's the case, then it seems increasingly unlikely that Luke himself will die, as this would leave the final film in the sequel trilogy without one of the original trilogy's main characters.
So if Luke does survive, at least until Star Wars 9, who does "the last Jedi" refer to? And why are they the last? Theories on this range from Rey rejecting Luke's Jedi teachings, to Finn taking up the Jedi mantle — and it's also worth pointing out that, as the plural of Jedi is Jedi, the title could refer to a group of people.
In any case, we can all breathe easy knowing that the original plan for Luke seems to have been for him to survive Star Wars 8 — and if the plot is altered slightly after Fisher's death, this may make Luke's survival even more likely.
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[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]