Did everyone catch the final Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer last night? If so, I shall assume you're reading this from your graves because there was no way to make it out of that trailer alive. It was SO. GOOD. I'm seriously wondering if it's one of the best movie trailers of all time??? Anyway, yeah, the trailer was great. But fans have had one burning question about Episode VIII that has been driving them nuts ever since the title of the film was announced: Who is the last Jedi? Is it Luke? Is it Leia? Is it Rey? Is it Kylo Ren? TALK TO ME ME, GEORGE LUCAS. TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT!
Well, back when the title was announced in May, Vanity Fair interviewed Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm, and Rian Johnson, The Last Jedi's writer/director, and tried to get that question answered to no avail. Vanity Fair tweeted the article again yesterday following the release of The Last Jedi trailer. The tweet said, "Good luck trying to get Kathleen Kennedy and @RianJohnson to explain what #TheLastJedi means. We tried—here's what they said." And then Rian Johnson shut that ish down and in one fell swoop gave us possibly one of the biggest spoilers of all time: He responded directly to Vanity Fair's tweet saying, "It's Luke." *CUE SCREAMING*.
WHAT THE?! HOW EVEN?! IS JOHNSON SURE HE'S ALLOWED TO JUST DROP CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION LIKE THAT?! IS HE IN TROUBLE NOW?! I think I need a paper bag to breathe into. This is a lot to take in.
Fans are shook to their core.
But other fans were quick to point out that we were already given this information...
LOL, oops. These fans are right: In the opening sequence in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the text says that Luke Skywalker is the last Jedi. The text reads,
Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister FIRST ORDER has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed.
Soooo, yeah, I guess it's been obvious from the beginning who the last Jedi is. But I'm willing to bet that there's more to this than the Star Wars universe is letting on. Let's be real: Rey was born to be a Jedi. And based on the last trailer, it's clear that she's an extremely powerful one at that. Skywalker himself says in the trailer, "I've seen this raw strength only once before. It didn't scare me enough then... It does now." I'm taking this to mean he saw this raw power once in his nephew, Ben Solo, aka Kylo Ren, the son of Leia Organa and Han Solo. We'll have to wait for the movie to find out, but it's possible Skywalker didn't see Ben's power as a threat before and he learned that was a huge mistake. Now, seeing the similar power in Rey, he's much more fearful of what she could do. But one thing we can't avoid is that Rey is a freaking Jedi, OK? An edited title for this film could be, Star Wars: The Last Jedi... Until This New Girl Came Along for all we know.
Or, the whole "last Jedi" thing could mean that Luke Skywalker was the last classically trained Jedi, and Rey represents a new, modern version. The title is ambiguous as hell, especially since the plural of Jedi is Jedi. Lots of people thought The Last Jedi would be referring to Luke and Rey as the last Jedi knights. But now, with this confirmation from Rian Johnson and the reminder that Yoda told Luke he would be the last Jedi, we know that the last Jedi is Luke Skywalker. But we also can't know for sure that there isn't more to this until we see the movie. One thing's for sure, Dec. 15 can't come soon enough.