The Star Wars franchise has always been about more than just space battles and intense action. With the introduction of the Expanded Universe (now Legends) in the form of novels, comics, and other types of media, fans received a bounty of information to speculate and theorize about. As such, Star Wars fan theories have come to dominate the conversations of countless nerds. This has not changed when it comes to the latest movie in the series, as many fans have tried to figure out the plot of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The Force Awakens not only brought the Star Wars saga back to the big screen, it also introduced many new characters and story elements. Unsurprisingly, the first installment of the new trilogy left plenty of questions unanswered. While the next film will surely provide answers, in the meantime there have been plenty of The Last Jedi fan theories, as people try to come up with their own ideas about what will happen. They range from fully-formed concepts to simple The Last Jedi rumors, and they are all fascinating (and sometimes plausible) in their own way.
The Knights Of Ren Were The Jedi Luke Was Training
The identity of the Knights of Ren has puzzled Star Wars fans for some time. All we really know about them is that they are led by Kylo Ren and are dark side Force-users. However, it has been made clear by the filmmakers they are not Sith.
This does leave open the possibility they could be the former Jedi apprentices of Luke Skywalker, who were not killed when Ben Solo attacked the Academy, but rather joined him on his path to the dark side. According to Reddit user reverent_irrelevance, this kind of mutiny would be very likely to drive Luke into exile, as he would be distressed to see his former students turn to the dark side of the Force.
The Jedi Order Will End, And Rey Will Begin Training As A New Type Of Force User
The title The Last Jedi and the words uttered by Luke Skywalker in the trailer (“it’s time for the Jedi to end”) seem to suggest the Jedi Order is not going to continue in the Star Wars saga. At least, not in the form we're familiar with. After seeing the damage that can be done by sticking to the dogma of the Jedi when Ben Solo fell to the dark side of the Force, Luke might have concluded the austere nature of the Jedi is no longer useful.
The Jedi have been in constant conflict with the Sith for thousands of years, and have never been able to defeat them fully. This could mean that a new type of Force-user is needed, someone who can operate in the middle of the light and dark sides of the Force. These so-called “gray” Jedi would be a new, more balanced version of their predecessors. Rey, of course, would be the first pupil and eventual master.
Luke Skywalker Is The Last Jedi
This one isn’t too much of a stretch when it comes to fan theories. The Force Awakens even called Luke the last Jedi in the opening crawl, and there has been no evidence of other surviving Jedi in any of the material released since Disney took over the franchise.
When you consider that Star Wars has always been the story of the Skywalker family, it makes sense that Star Wars: Episode VIII will focus heavily on the Jedi Master, specifically on his mission to stop the dark side from becoming too powerful while possibly setting up a new (new) Jedi Order.
Rey Is Actually Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Granddaughter
One interesting theory speculates that Rey could be related to Obi-Wan Kenobi. The popular school of thought is that she could be the granddaughter of the former Jedi Master. Little is known of Kenobi's life on Tatooine watching over Luke, and there was plenty of time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope for him to become romantically involved with someone. The theory would explain why Rey is so powerful with the Force, despite her lack of training.