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Director Rian Johnson Says “The Last Jedi” Is Singular and We Have So Many Questions

Among all the other Star Wars news this weekend, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson finally weighed in on whether the word “Jedi” in the movie’s title was singular or plural. Besides being generally disinterested in the question—there’s plenty of other speculation fuel anyway, thanks to the trailer—he confirmed that he did intend it to be singular. … But what does that mean for the plot?

He also confirmed that he just hadn’t put that much thought into it, as you can see in the Good Morning America clip above. Although, he did play a little coy about just who the last Jedi actually is before admitting that, as of the end of The Force Awakens, Luke was the last Jedi. That still leaves a lot of possibilities open, though, including the going theory that Rey will usher in a new era of Force users who are neither Jedi nor Sith, along the lines of the Gray Jedi.

That would make Luke the “last Jedi” as we know them, with the future holding something a bit different for the Force. The Mary Sue staff has been discussing that a lot, along with the way the color of Rey’s lightsaber changes in the teaser poster:

Star Wars The Last Jedi poster

That all fits nicely with what we saw in the teaser trailer, with Luke saying it’s “time for the Jedi to end,” but Johnson’s words also leave other possibilities open. If he wasn’t just playing things close to the chest, and the title really is just based on Rey leaving to find “the last Jedi” at the end of The Force Awakens, the title might be more a reference to where things stand at the beginning of the movie than where they go from there. Maybe Rey can convince Luke that he’s wrong about the galaxy’s need for the Jedi.

Luke’s a pretty mopey boy, and I wouldn’t be surprised in the least to find that he’s feeling guilty about how the Skywalker family and the Jedi have managed to consistently ruin everything despite their apparent heroics, including recently unleashing the emo evil of Kylo Ren on an unsuspecting galaxy. I could really get into a story where Rey does just as much (or more) to inspire Luke to finally be the Jedi master he should be as his mentorship does for her.

Luckily, we only have 8 more months to drive ourselves nuts with our theories. That should go by quickly, right?

(via /Film, image: Disney/Lucasfilm)

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Dan is many things, including a game developer, animator, martial artist, and at least semi-professional pancake chef. He lives in North Carolina with Lisa Brown (his wife) and Liz Lemon (his dog), both of whom are the best, and he will never stop reminding The Last Jedi's detractors that Luke Skywalker's pivotal moment in Return of the Jedi was literally throwing his lightsaber away and refusing to fight.