With the release of Rogue One, there wasn't a huge amount of news over the last couple of months about the next installment in the main #StarWars saga. However, now that Rogue One has been and gone, we have finally received a huge hint about what will be going on in the eighth Star Wars film aside from this announcement video that I have re-watched countless times:
The new hint that we have received about the film? Just a little thing really, it's only the name!
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'
That's right! The next installment had so many names rumored for it, including Fall of the Resistance, The Order of the Dark Side and The First Order Strikes Back (that one is mostly a joke), but it has now officially been revealed that it will be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This title has several implications about what we may end up seeing in the film, but what are they?
Who Is It Referencing?
A big question posed by this title is just who is the last Jedi? Of course, the obvious thought is of Luke Skywalker, who has in fact been the only real Jedi in the galaxy (that we know of) for decades now. The Force Awakens focused predominantly on the search for Luke, as The Resistance needed him, but now that Rey has managed to find him and will surely be training under him in The Last Jedi, what does this mean for her? She has come after Luke, so could the title be referencing Rey as the last Jedi? If so, could this mean...
Are There No Others?
I don't just mean currently in the galaxy. Could it be possible that this new trilogy is about the force more than any of the previous films? The mystical force that surrounds the Star Wars universe has been a center point of the films for decades, but is it possible that after awakening in the first film of this new trilogy, it could actually die out, along with both the Sith and the Jedi?
If so, then the power of those remaining who can tap into the force could raise the stakes massively for the final film in this new trilogy, where Kylo Ren and Rey — potentially the last two people with force abilities in the galaxy — fight it out to be the last.
Here's Why That Probably Won't Happen
Despite that being an awesome possibility, Disney has just acquired the rights to Lucasfilm and the Star Wars saga. This new trilogy is more than likely just the beginning, and if you entirely remove Jedi, Sith and the Force from the equation in future films, it rather limits what you can do with the series. It is entirely possible that they will threaten the loss of the Force in the rest of this new trilogy, but I really doubt that they will go through with it. What else could this title mean for the series? There's another important implication in the name.
Will Luke Die In 'Episode VIII'?
If the title is serious and an important part of what occurs in the film, much like many of the previous titles, then this could be a slightly darker film than #TheForceAwakens, and could live up to the name of only leaving one Jedi alive, Rey. Mentors tend to die in Star Wars, as proved by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn, and most recently, Han Solo and Saw Gerrera — is it possible that Luke Skywalker will die in The Last Jedi, leaving Rey as the last true Jedi? It seems entirely possible, especially with rumors coming out during the filming that we could see a battle on Luke's hermit planet between Luke, Rey, Kylo and the Knights of Ren.
What else do you think The Last Jedi could mean for the Star Wars saga? Sound off in the comments and check out more of my articles below. I'm going to go re-watch some Star Wars films and pray that the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out soon.