— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 14, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson (of Looper and canoe fights fame) has been granting interviews and revealing new information as part of the marketing blitz surrounding Star Wars Celebration last week and the release of the first teaser trailer. He’s already explained the new planet during one interview, and in another interview on Good Morning America he addressed pointed questions about the wording last Jedi, something fans have speculated about since the title was announced.
Johnson clarified that it’s the singular “Jedi”, and he sort of admitted that the titular last Jedi is Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), although he seemed a little noncommittal on that point.
“It’s so funny, when people started asking , when the title was announced because I had never even pondered that question. That seems like, to me, the most–”
He went on to say, “In my mind, it’s singular.” He prevaricated a bit when asked if that was Luke, but he eventually answered, “They say in The Force Awakens that he’s going to find the last Jedi temple, and Luke is the last Jedi.”
It doesn’t have to be as dark as it sounds, though. Rather than every Jedi (including Luke and probably Rey) dying, it could mean the Jedi order becoming something else, maybe something more balanced. Now that we’ve seen the teaser trailer, we know Luke says, “It’s time for the Jedi to end.” Not everybody took that well…