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It seemed like it was just yesterday that J.J. Abrams announced the first word of dialogue in The Force Awakens: “this.” That word ended up coming from Lor San Tekka when he declared, “This will begin to make things right.”

Now, writer/director has announced a rather fascinating word that will be a part of Episode VIII’s opening crawl. Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, Johnson revealed that the word is “decimated.”

This is rather interesting — and it could mean a lot of different things. As fans do, let's speculate as to why Johnson specifically chose this word, and what exactly has been decimated.

1. The Resistance Has Decimated Starkiller Base

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[Credit: Lucasfilm]

The final battle in The Force Awakens was a huge setback for the First Order. A base that took them years to build was quickly destroyed, putting a big dent in the Imperial Regime's plans. An entire planet decimated in an instant?

2. The First Order Has Decimated Hosnian Prime

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[Credit: Lucasfilm]

Before the launched its big assault on Starkiller Base, Hosnian Prime was decimated by General Hux, wiping out their only remaining government. Losing Hosnian Prime is a big blow to the Resistance, especially to General Leia. Leia had a lot of close friends and allies who lived there, trying to reestablish a government capable of sustaining itself and helping others. Unfortunately, now that’s all for naught.

3. Maz Kanata’s Temple Is Left Decimated

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[Credit: Lucasfilm]

The castle on Takodona took a major beating in this battle as Maz, Finn, Han, Chewie and BB-8 barely escaped from the destruction. Why not give Maz’s castle some love in the opening crawl?

4. Luke Skywalker Wants To Decimate The Jedi Way

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[Credit: Lucasfilm]

One thing that’s made clear in the film's trailer is that Luke Skywalker believes, “It’s time for the Jedi to end.” He was the one who tried bringing the Jedi back in the first place, so the line sent shockwaves through the fan community. Kylo Ren already decimated Luke's Jedi students physically, but now Luke may want to finish the job philosophically?

5. The Last Jedi Will Decimate The Competition At The Box Office

With The Force Awakens destroying all opening night domestic records with $247 million, The Last Jedi will likely do the same. Good luck to any other film that happens to be in theaters at the time, because you're deader than Han Solo.

We'll learn what gets decimated when Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on December 19, 2017.

What do you think the word refers to? Sound off in the comment section below!

(Source: LA Times)


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