‘Star Wars’ Secrets: Theories About the Identity of ‘The Last Jedi’

The lead-up to the release of the next Star Wars movie has left us with a good deal of questions. Who is Rey? What’s the true identity of Supreme Leader Snoke? And on the film’s most basic level: Who the hell is “the Last Jedi”?

Theories have been wide-ranging in the wake of Episode VIII‘s title announcement, even as Daisy Ridley’s Murder on the Orient Express co-star, Josh Gad has done all he can to figure out the answer for us. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some decently solid guesses to be made though.

1. Luke Skywalker (duh)

Luke Skywalker at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Luke Skywalker at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens | Lucasfilm

If Occam’s razor has any sway over the Star Wars universe, “the Last Jedi” is likely referring to none other than Luke Skywalker. Luke is even referred to by that title in the opening crawl of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, beginning with: “Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister first order has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed” (emphasis ours).

Later on in the film, Supreme Leader Snoke also refers to Luke by the same moniker, pointing a giant neon sign toward the simplest answer.

2. Kylo Ren

Kylo Ren - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens | Lucasfilm

If we’re talking about (non-Luke) living characters in the Star Wars universe who’ve been directly trained by an actual Jedi Master, then your list begins and ends with Kylo Ren. The man formerly known as Ben Solo comes from the most powerful Force-sensitive family in history, was powerful enough to single-handedly destroy Luke’s Jedi Order, and is constantly at odds with his better angels. Perhaps a redemptive, Vader-esque twist is coming for Kylo, where he finally assumes his role as full-fledged Jedi Knight.

3. Rey (double duh)

Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens | Lucasfilm

This one numbers itself as the second most obvious answer this side of Luke Skywalker. We know Rey is set to begin her Jedi training with Luke at the onset of Episode VIII, setting her up as the main hero of the new trilogy, and the one who could potentially bring the galaxy back into balance. Couple that with her already considerable sensitivity to the Force, and the fact that Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber seemed to choose her, and she’s a prime candidate.

4. Leia

Princess Leia - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Princess Leia | Lucasfilm

Rumors have been flying around for awhile claiming that Leia would be taking on an increased role in Episode VIII, with the late Carrie Fisher having wrapped the project well before her tragic passing at the end of 2016. And while the new-canon Star Wars: Bloodline novel revealed the reason she chose not to pursue a life as a Jedi, there’s a chance Leia could rediscover her connection to the Force, especially after Han Solo’s death in The Force Awakens. 

5. Luke and Rey

Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley

Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley | Mark Hamill via Instagram

The fact that the singular and plural form of Jedi is the same, opens up a whole lot of possibilities for the real meaning of the title. If we’re going with the plural meaning hinted at by the multilingual translations, then “the Last Jedi” could very well be referring to more than one person. That in turn, points at Luke and Rey; the master and the student, together numbering themselves as the last (two) Jedi left in the galaxy.

6. Star Wars Rebels‘ Ezra Bridger

Ezra Bridger on Star Wars: Rebels

Ezra Bridger on Star Wars Rebels | Disney XD

We’ve long wondered when (or even if) the animated Star Wars Rebels series would connect to the new trilogy. Set in the days directly preceding Star Wars: A New Hope, the show follows Ezra Bridger, a young Jedi-in-training fighting the Empire in the early days of the Rebel Alliance.

We still don’t know what became of him by the time the original trilogy’s timeline kicks in though, or why Luke wouldn’t have at least sought out the fellow Jedi during his own search for a teacher. That all being so, if Ezra is still alive, he would make a valuable ally in the Resistance’s fight against the First Order.

7. Luke’s failed Jedi Order

Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren

Kylo Ren and the Knights of Ren | Lucasfilm

If we’re going to double back on the whole “‘Jedi could also be plural” theory, then it isn’t restricted to just Luke and Rey. “The Last Jedi” could instead refer to Luke’s fledgling Jedi Order, that was eventually cut down by Ben Solo and the Knights of Ren. If that’s true, then the title of the film isn’t just plural, it’s also past-tense.

8. Supreme Leader Snoke

Supreme Leader Snoke - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Supreme Leader Snoke | Lucasfilm

The fact that we know so damn little about who Supreme Leader Snoke is, leaves the door wide open in terms of what role he might serve in the Star Wars universe. What we do know is that he’s been around since the rise of the Empire in the prequels, and the subsequent fall of that same Empire in the original trilogy.

We don’t know what his connection to the Force is exactly, but all indications seem to tell us that he’s definitely not a Sith. That being so, he could very well be a former Jedi Master, now actively working to destroy all trace of their existence, beginning with Luke.

9. Ahsoka Tano

Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars Rebels

Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars Rebels | Disney XD

We once again return to the world of Star Wars Rebels, this time focusing on a different character altogether. First appearing as Anakin Skywalker’s first and only student in the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, the former Jedi-in-exile last was seen going toe-to-toe with her former master at the end of Rebels’ second season.

Her fate at the end of that showdown is still up in the air, and even while she’s insisted that she’s no longer a Jedi, there’s no denying her close connection to the Skywalker family.

10. Someone we haven’t met yet

Star Wars: The Last Jedi title card

Star Wars: The Last Jedi | Lucasfilm

For all we know, “The Last Jedi” could very well be referring to a new character who has yet to appear in the canon. As expansive as the books, comics, TV shows, and films are, there’s still the slightest possibility that writer and director Rian Johnson managed to save this one big reveal for Episode VIII. 

If you’re asking us though, we’re still rooting for a Jar Jar Binks-centric twist in the final act.

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