When it comes to Star Wars, major plot points are often shrouded in mystery. So, it came as a surprise when director Rian Johnson let slip one of the biggest enigmas leading up to Episode VIII. Namely, who is the last Jedi?
“It’s in the opening crawl of The Force Awakens, Luke Skywalker, right now, is the last Jedi. There’s always wiggle room in these movies — everything is from a certain point of view — but coming into our story, he is the actual last of the Jedi. And he’s removed himself and is alone on this island, for reasons unknown.”
Does that means that Luke is choosing to end the Jedi Order and that he no longer believes in teachings of Obi Wan and Yoda? Would that be surprising considering he only trained for months? Luke left before his training was completed under Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back. Though we can assume that he became a full-fledged Jedi between Episode V and VI, Luke wasn’t raised in a Jedi temple like most warrior monks.
Others thought it could’ve meant Rey. But would that imply she wouldn’t teach anyone else after this film?
In any case, Johnson implied that the definition of who might be the last Jedi is in the eye of the beholder. The “wiggle room” might suggest that the title refers to more than one person or thing.
For example, depending on who Supreme Leader Snoke is, perhaps he was the last Jedi left at the Temple? Or was a Jedi of some sort who wants to end all Jedi — a gargantuan task even the Emperor and Darth Vader failed to accomplish do.
Or maybe it has to do with that “reasons unknown” line. It was pretty much assumed after 2015’s The Force Awakens that Luke had retreated to that island because he couldn’t handle what had happened with Kylo and the Knights of Ren. That he’d decided to stop training Jedi and instead delve into their teaching at the site of their original temple.
But that’s a lot of maybes. We’ll have to wait till December to find out, and avoid every spoilers when Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out. Either way, it’ll be exciting to watch Luke Skywalker swing a lightsaber again. Hopefully, this won’t be the last movie for that last Jedi — looking at you Han Solo.