Who The Last Jedi Really Is, According To Rian Johnson

This week is a particularly exciting one for Star Wars fans. Because this year's annual Star Wars Celebration is taking place in Florida, leading to quite a few exciting revelations regarding the future of the franchise. Particularly, much of the focus is on the upcoming main installment film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We were treated to the sequel's first trailer, the awesome poster, and an exciting new character. And now director Rian Johnson has cleared up perhaps the most discussed aspect of The Last Jedi- the title itself.

Rian Johnson recently spoke to Good Morning America about The Last Jedi. Eventually the controversial title was brought up, and Johnson clarified who the titular "last jedi" is:

It's so funny when people started asking that when the title was announced because I never even pondered that question... In my mind its singular. They say in The Force Awakens that he's gone on to find the last Jedi temple. Luke is the last Jedi.

Talk about an intergalactic mic drop. After much debate about the plurality and possibly meaning for The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson essentially gave the final answer. Because since he directed the highly anticipated sequel, I'm going to go with Johnson on this one.

The Last Jedi's title has been discussed and dissected non stop since it was revealed. Fans had a variety of theories about which character(s) could be the titular last Jedi. Is it Luke or Rey?

And then things got very grammar-heavy. Since the word Jedi functions as both singular and plural, Star Wars fans began to debate if the entire line were to be finished. Meaning after Luke and Rey eventually travel to that cantina in the sky, that the Jedi line would finally end. But who wants a Star Wars franchise without Jedi? No one.

The revelation that Luke is actually the titular last Jedi makes a great deal of sense. Since he was briefly trained Obi-Wan and Yoda, Luke had a connection to the original Jedi order. And after Obi-Wan perished (and became more powerful than you can possibly imagine), followed by Yoda's death, the true teaching and lineage of the Jedi Order died with him. While Luke trained Force sensitive padawans before Kylo Ren got all murdery, Luke's teaching likely didn't reflect how Yoda and company would have handled the training of new Jedi.

You can check out Rian Johnson's full comment to GMA below.

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And with that, the big debate finally dies.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will finally arrive in theaters December 15, 2017. Be sure to check out our full 2017 release list and plan your next trip to the movies.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.