Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a record-breaking smash, leaving millions of fans excited for the next film. Unfortunately for us, almost everything about Star Wars: Episode 8 is shrouded in mystery. We don't even know the name! All we know about the 8th Star Wars is that it will be directed by Rian Johnson and will feature much of the same cast as The Force Awakens. But, there is a bit more than that which can help us figure out what the name of Episode 8 will be.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
We can guess that the film will have a stronger focus on the force and show Rey as she trains to become a Jedi, much like Luke in The Empire Strikes Back. Just as The Force Awakens followed the same premise as A New Hope, we can imagine that Episode 8 will do the same thing, except with The Empire Strikes Back.
This potential correlation will give us both a closer look at the force (specifically in Rey's journey) and will give us a more in depth view of the First Order and the Dark Side. If the film does follow the Star Wars pattern, the title of Episode VIII will most likely have four words (like The Empire Strikes Back and Attack of the Clones) and will most likely have a focus on the conflict of the film.
With that information, here are three (or sort of four) potential titles that Star Wars: Episode VIII could have...
1. The First Order Rises (or Rise of the Order)
This one is practically a present day doppelganger of The Empire Strikes Back. The First Order is clearly the new Empire of the galaxy and will be the center of crime and villainy during the current trilogy. As Episode VIII gives us a closer look at the First Order, it is likely we will see the Order rise to power in the ashes of the fallen New Republic.
This title could potentially take one of two routes, either being titled The First Order Rises or Rise of the Order. Both give a good look at First Order as it presumably ascends to power, potentially taking the place that the Empire took all those years ago. These are two great possibilities, but perhaps Episode VIII's title will take a different route.
2. Path of the Jedi
Perhaps the 8th Star Wars will be the first of the second films in a trilogy to be named after the lighter side of the story rather than the conflict. We can assume, based on the ending of The Force Awakens, that a lot of Episode VIII will follow Rey and Luke as he shows her the path of the Jedi.
Path of the Jedi is also the name of an episode from Star Wars Rebels and will be the name of a Star Wars themed event at Disneyland, so clearly the name is on the minds of those in charge of the series. Is it too much to think that this will become the name of the next film of the sequel trilogy? Or, will Episode VIII take an even darker path?
3. The Knights of Ren
Honestly, this name might be our lucky winner. As mentioned in The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren leads the Knights of Ren. Not much is known of this group, and the only time we see them is in Rey's dream sequence. The only time they are mentioned is when Supreme Leader Snoke refers to Kylo Ren as the "master of the Knights of Ren."
However, the Star Wars Visual Dictionary tells us that the Knights of Ren are a dark side organization led by Snoke himself, which means that Kylo Ren is not in fact the leader. Kylo simply holds the power of a Jedi Master on the Jedi Council during the prequel trilogies. With all of these references, we are bound to see this mysterious group of Knights appear in the next film. Perhaps this will be the name of Episode VIII. Star Wars: Knights of Ren does have a nice ring to it. I can easily imagine that on the board at my local theater.
Those were my guesses as to the title of Episode VIII. I may be right, but I may be way off. Only time will tell. I just hope it doesn't take too long for them to release the title because the suspense will kill me. But, whether I am right or wrong, I am pretty damn excited to see Star Wars: Episode VIII in the summer of next year!