We have next to no information yet regarding the plot of [Star Wars: Episode VIII](tag:711868), but what we do know reveals more than you might expect. It's recently been confirmed by Daisy Ridley that yes, Star Wars 8 does pick up where The Force Awakens left off, as Rey encounters Luke Skywalker for the first time. This was hinted at in the Episode 8 teaser trailer which was released a few weeks ago...
The plot of Star Wars Episode 8 is still elusive. But by putting together clues from the filming locations and the synopsis, it seems as though the story will explore the history of the Jedi... and Luke Skywalker might be forming a new Jedi Order.
Hints In Film's Production
There's been a lot of speculation recently that Luke and Rey's main aim in Episode 8 will be to find another Jedi temple. This is partly due to one of the rumored titles being The Tale Of The Jedi Temple. And while this is very unlikely to be real, the concept might be on the right track.
The filming locations for Star Wars Episode 8 are very interesting, and they have one thing in common: they're all historical sites. The Mexico Film Commission revealed to Sopitas that the Star Wars location scouts were looking for ancient caverns in which to film...
"They were interested in caves and the grotto species there. Due to its characteristics they thought they could pretend to be from another planet."
And StarWarsUnderworld recently caught a glimpse of the Star Wars set in Dubrovnik, Croatia's medieval walled city.
Considering all the different locations all evoke a kind of ancient, historical feeling, it does seem as though Episode 8 will be in part a quest story, as Rey and Luke travel the galaxy searching for something important, which could well be another Jedi Temple. And in fact, Luke's search for Jedi relics started before Rey was even born, as we learned in the comic Shattered Empire.
"These are all that remain of the tree that grew at the heart of the Jedi temple on Coruscant. The Force is with them."
So what was Luke Skywalker's endgame? It's likely that he wanted to plant this tree at the site of the Jedi temple where he trained his first Jedi students.
But after Kylo Ren's massacre of the Jedi students, would Luke Skywalker want to start a new Jedi Order, again?
Why We Need A New Jedi Order
There's many reasons it would be fantastic to see Luke and Rey seek out and train new Force Sensitive people. Firstly, it would break away from the chosen one plot which Star Wars has followed so far. Yes, Rey is the new hope for the galaxy, but the great thing about the Force is that it moves through everyone. You don't have to be super special to use it, and you definitely don't have to be a Skywalker.
JJ Abrams actually commented to SlashFilm on the inclusive nature of the Force, and how everyone should grow up feeling they could be a Jedi.
"Being strong with the Force didn’t mean something scientific, it meant something spiritual. It meant someone who could believe, someone who could reach down to the depths of your feelings and follow this primal energy that was flowing through all of us. I mean, that’s what was said in that first film!"
But Force Sensitivity alone does not a Jedi make: Leia is strong in the Force, but chose to become a General for the Resistance instead of train with Luke. Of course, some people have a stronger connection to the Force than others, which is why Rey is able to channel the Force in her final battle with Kylo Ren.
I'm not suggesting that Episode 8 should deal primarily with seeking out and training new Jedi. Rey's training has to take precedent, as she learns out to master her abilities. But ultimately, finding others like her would be a fantastic journey for the characters take, and it would also serve to redeem Luke's mistakes with Kylo Ren.
Ideally, it would be great to see others discover their abilities just like Rey did. Perhaps the title of The Force Awakens refers not just to Rey, but to a general awakening throughout the galaxy. There are strong hints that Finn might also be Force Sensitive, and as Episode 8 will add new characters to the story it's possible they could also become Jedi students. For now, all we have to go on are hints, but a quest into Jedi history could be a really compelling plot for Star Wars 8.