Star Wars Episode 8 has a title, and it is already sending fans in to meltdown. The next instalment of the epic saga will be titled 'The Last Jedi'. Already there has been much speculation as to who this refers to, with most people favouring the theory that it refers to Rey. With story details still scarce, it is impossible to tell who the title refers to, but here are four possible last Jedi.
The most predictable of the theories is that Rey will become the last Jedi during the course of Episode 8. This would mean that the film would see Luke training Rey, before the Master is killed, possibly by Kylo Ren or Supreme Leader Snoke. This theory would give a purpose to Episode 9, with Rey fighting to avenge her fallen master. However, with the death of Han Solo in The Force Awakens, this would seem a bit of a retread, as well as bearing similarities to The Empire Strikes Back.
Another possibility is that the last Jedi refers simply to Luke Skywalker. The opening crawl for The Force Awakens refers directly to Luke as 'the last Jedi'. Since the death of Yoda, Luke has been the only Jedi master, despite his attempts to train a new generation of Jedi. As well as purely describing Luke, this theory could lead to greater exploration in to what Luke did during his time as the last Jedi, paralleling his training of Rey with his previous training of Ben Solo. This would be interesting to see what tempted Ben to the Dark Side and explore the similarities between Ben and Rey in greater depth.
One of the more 'out there' theories is that 'The Last Jedi' refers to Finn. This would require Rey to follow a similar path to the Dark Side as Kylo Ren, meaning that Luke would have to recruit Finn and pit the former friends against each other. Finn is possibly force sensitive, as he manages to wield a lightsaber without cutting off his own limbs and is able to hold his own against, an albeit injured, Kylo Ren despite only having basic training with melee weapons. One of the most popular fan theories from The Force Awakens states that Rey will join the Dark Side. She hears Palpatine's voice both during her vision when she touches Luke's lightsaber and in a deleted scene during her battle with Kylo Ren. It has also been noted that her fighting style is very reminiscent of the Emperor's. However, Rey's conscious decision to ignore Palpatine's command to finish off Kylo Ren would mean that she is unlikely to give in to the Dark Side.
4. All of the Above?
Do you know what the plural for Jedi is? It's Jedi. The most likely theory is that 'The Last Jedi' refers multiple people, with Luke and Rey the obvious choices. This could lead to a different style of Star Wars film, with the last Jedi, Luke and Rey, fighting for their survival and being hunted down by Supreme Leader Snoke, Kylo Ren and the First Order. The benefit of 'The Last Jedi' referring to multiple people is that it allows for a lot of story options whilst not definitively confirming that a character will have to die during the movie.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits cinemas on December 15. Who do you think the title refers to? Could it possibly refer to Kylo Ren? Let me know in the comments or on twitter @MoodyMan147.