Luke and Rey’s relationship will be the focus of the Last Jedi….
Good Morning America caught up with the director and writer of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, at D23 over the weekend.
In their discussion, Johnson hinted on what the title of the film could possibly mean. According to Johnson, the title is much deeper than just being singular or plural. “It’s meaning evolves over the course of the film.” Check it out:
Could that mean that Rey becomes a Jedi, making the title then plural? Or could Rey help Luke into a new mentality completely away from that of the Jedi?
“Luke and Rey are the beating heart of the film, and their relationship,” said Johnson. “What it ultimately comes down to is that first question of what is the deal with Luke Skywalker?”
What exactly has Luke been up to? We don’t really know much.
All we know from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is that Luke walked away from everything. A former student, most likely Kylo Ren, destroyed all Luke had rebuilt. Rumor had it that Luke ventured on a quest, searching for the first Jedi temple, that he apparently found.
In the Shattered Empire comic, set immediately following the events of Star Wars Episode 6: Return of the Jedi, Luke was already on a mission in collecting old Jedi artifacts.
We know from the Aftermath trilogy(by Chuck Wendig), set just months after Return of the Jedi, that Luke had passed on some of his Jedi teachings to his sister Leia. Luke had also left his sister’s side and continued on his quest in seeking out Jedi lore.
Exactly how long had Luke been in isolation?
It was assumed by me that Luke had been in isolation on the island of Ahc-To for many, many years. However; the events of the novel Bloodlines, by author Claudia Gray, shed some new light on the subject.
As early as about 6 years before The Force Awakens, Luke was still active in the training of Ben Solo aka Kylo Ren. Which means that Luke had only been in isolation for just a handful of years.
We also learned that Luke had withdrawn from Galactic affairs at that point, with the exception of teaching his own students. The novel also hints of what might have caused Ben Solo to betray his Uncle, his fellow students, and the entire Galaxy; causing Luke to walk away from it all.
What about Rey? There are many theories on the identity of Rey that are all over the Internet. It’s easy to get caught up in those, instead of focusing on what we do know. We do know that Rey was left on the desert planet of Jakku, for unknown reasons. She is very mechanically inclined and is an excellent pilot. In The Journey to the Force Awakes short stories, we learn how Rey developed those abilities.
Displayed in The Force Awakens, Rey is very strong in the Force. We know that she was able to see a vision via the Skywalker lightsaber.
Using the Force, Rey was able to overcome a stronger opponent in Kylo Ren, nearly killing him. Outside of all that, the scavenger is shrouded in mystery. With the Last Jedi approaching, the trajectory of mystery for both those characters is set to collide.
Will it lead to a new Jedi order? Will Luke and Rey create a completely different group of Force users? Or will the dark-side have victory once again?
Find out when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15th, 2017.