Well that was nonchalant, wasn’t it? Seemingly out of nowhere, the name of Episode VIII is at last revealed. But what does the title mean? Speculation ahead!
Luke Skywalker was the last of his kind, with the unique gifts in the Force to become a full-fledged Jedi (Yes, I know there was another. And Kanan and Ezra. And Ahsoka was still around somewhere maybe. Yeah…) Is he the last Jedi the title is referring to? That would set up Episode Eight to be largely around his struggles rather than centering on Rey. Also, the opening crawl of Episode Seven specifically calls attention to Luke as the last Jedi, which would back up a pretty Luke-centric story.
Or is Rey the last Jedi that Luke is able to train before he passes on, either naturally or in battle against Kylo Ren and the First Order? Does he pull an Obi Wan and sacrifice himself to become one with the Force, more powerful than Kylo and Snoke can possibly imagine? A pretty big fight scene between Rey and Luke against the Knights of Ren is confirmed, so who knows how that turns out.
Jax Pavan certainly isn’t in this movie. That being said, what do you think about Episode Eight’s title? It’s a title from Legends and its referenced in two previous movies. Whatever it is, I’m excited to see it next winter.