The exciting first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ends with a somewhat foreboding statement from Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) that “it’s time for the Jedi to end,” suggesting that we really could see the end of the ancient order with this new film. Of course, fans have been speculating over who the titular “last Jedi” could be ever since Disney first revealed the subtitle of Episode VIII, with some speculating that since the plural form of “Jedi” is identical to the singular, the title could be referring to more than one person.
In light of last week’s trailer drop and Star Wars Celebration festivities, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has been busy doing interviews for the new film and during his talk with Good Morning America today, he addressed questions regarding the wording of last Jedi in his film’s title, clarifying that it’s definitely a singular “Jedi” and that he never even considered the possibility of it being plural until fans started pointing it out.
“It’s so funny, when people started asking [if it’s singular or plural], when the title was announced because I had never even pondered that question. That seems like, to me, the most -”
He elaborated further, saying, “In my mind, it’s singular,” and that the title is definitely referring to Luke. “They say in The Force Awakens that he’s going to find the last Jedi temple, and Luke is the last Jedi.”
Of course, the trailer also shows Luke training Rey (Daisy Ridley) in the ways of the Force, so if he’s not training her to be a Jedi, what is Luke training her to be, exactly? With Star Wars: The Last Jedi not hitting theaters until December, we still have many months to ponder this question.