Shortly after the title of Episode VIII of the long-running Star Wars franchise was revealed – Star Wars: The Last Jedi – people started asking, “who is the last Jedi?” Now we know that that’s the wrong question. It’s, “who are the last Jedi?”
There’s been a lot of speculation over the meaning of the title since it was announced three weeks ago. Such discussion and speculation over the title alone – only a franchise as popular as Star Wars can do that. One point of contest among fans, of course, was on how many Jedi the episode name referred to. Since “Jedi” happens to be both the singular and plural name for the galactic order of knights, there was no way of knowing. The answer finally came from an unexpected source: the revelation of the title in foreign languages.
The articles used in conjugation with ‘Jedi’ are particular in German and Spanish. So, when the actual German title turned out to be Die Letzten Jedi, it confirmed more than one Jedi. Otherwise the title would have bee Der Letzte Jedi.
Similarly, in Spanish, the title Los Ultimos Jedi refers to the plural. El Ultimo Jedi would have been used for the singular.
— Star Wars España (@StarWarsSpain) February 17, 2017
Luke Skywalker – Not Alone?
Those familiar with the Star Wars plot would know that, with the deaths of Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker became labelled the final remnant of the once-widespread order of peacekeepers. In fact, the opening crawl text of Star Wars: The Force Awakens specifically refers to Luke as such.
“In his absence,” the crawl reads, “the sinister First Order has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed”.
The title now seems to indicate he’s not alone. Who are the rest, then? Protagonist Rey – who looks like she’s sporting a new hairstyle for Episode VIII – is certainly a top candidate for the Jedi title. Her Force abilities have already been shown to be formidable, despite her discovering them pretty late in The Force Awakens. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will almost certainly put her through the same grueling training as Luke experienced under Yoda.
Unlikely Last Jedi
The shadow lurking around the hidden meanings of the title? Kylo Ren himself. The grandson of Anakin Skywalker, remains at large for the First Order and the Dark Side. Multiple theories, however, have pegged him to undergo an arc of redemption, much like Darth Vader in the original trilogy. Could Kylo Ren make a turnaround and become a Jedi Knight by the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi? It would be amazing to see him wielding that cross-guard lightsaber in green or blue.
Fans of the extended universe might also be hoping for an appearance by Ezra Bridger, the Star Wars Rebels hero who also came into his own Force powers. Though it’s unlikely for Ezra to be counted among the Last Jedi, it’s not unusual for Star Wars to make references to other elements of the canon. After all, we know that Yoda and Obi-Wan weren’t the only survivors of Order 66.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theaters on Dec. 15, 2017.
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