“Star Wars: Episode VIII” has a name, and we now know that it is “The Last Jedi”. The image below was released today, giving us an official name for the next Star Wars movie.
There has of course been no end to the speculation in the last few hours. Let’s start with my own speculation:
If the Jedi do die out, it doesn’t mean they’re really gone. I’m thinking of what Maz Kanata said in “The Force Awakens”. She says that she’s seen evil in many forms: the Sith, the Empire, the New Order. Ultimately, even though the Sith are no more, the Dark Side still exists. Maybe we’ll see something similar with the Light Side. If Luke dies, the Jedi are gone, but the Light Side carries on through Rey.
In “Return of the Jedi” one of Yoda’s last words to Luke are “When gone I am, last of the Jedi you will be.” Maybe this is just a reference to that.
And we can’t ignore the fact that the words “Star Wars” are in red, rather than the typical yellow. No way that Disney accidentally did that. It means something. And it seems very foreboding.
What other thoughts and theories do you have for Episode VIII? I’m sure there will be plenty more to come in the next 11 months (including from me), but I’d like to hear what you all think!