Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the Official Title for Episode VIII

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By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)

This is shaping up to be a big day for LucasFilm. First, Rogue One officially crossed the $1 billion mark, making it the third film of the franchise to do so before adjusting for inflation. Now the studio has released the title for its latest entry into the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

No official synopsis has been released yet, but there’s plenty to infer from that title. Bryan Young of StarWars.com and the podcast Full of Sithhad an interesting take about the last Jedi being Luke. After trying to rebuild the Jedi Order only to have his own nephew destroy everything, Luke realized that the Jedi weren’t what the galaxy needed. He passes on everything he’s learned to Rey, but she becomes something else other than a Jedi.

I like this theory. It’s a logical conclusion to Lucasfilm’s recent efforts to seemingly push more non-Jedi and Sith Force users into the story. The Clone Wars gave us the Nightsisters, Darth Maul showed back up in season 2 of Rebels and declared himself neither a Sith nor a Jedi, and The Force Awakens gave us the Force-sensitive Maz Kanata. Rey becoming a new kind of Force user, one who doesn’t limit herself to the narrow dogmatic view of the Jedi (but doesn’t fall the Dark Side) would certainly liven up the story and take it in directions we’ve never anticipated.

It’s going to be a long journey to December 15th, but I’m confident the wait will be worth it.