Surprises are what keep a legendary franchise like Star Wars afloat throughout several decades of operation, and the series has surely built itself on quite a few of them. From the death of Obi Wan Kenobi to Kylo Ren's parentage, and of course the ultimate reveal of Luke and Vader's familial connection, the films always seem to have something up their sleeve. But nothing could prepare us for the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi's teaser when it was released last Friday, as it closed with Luke Skywalker himself saying, "I only know one truth. It's time for the Jedi to end."

As perplexed as we are that Luke has been made to say something like this, it's a bold statement that's long overdue. While writer/director Rian Johnson loves stories about cycles needing to be broken, all in the name of a new, more fulfilling chain of events, hearing Luke declare that everything he once stood for must fall is something that didn't shock us for long. Call it intuition and call it decades of thought over the concept of the Jedi, but we think this turn of events is for the best for the following reasons.

The Sith/Jedi Conflict Is What Tore Apart The Galaxy

A continued cycle of dominance between the Jedi and the Sith is the most basic reason for why the universe of Star Wars has been in a state of upheaval for quite some time. Even when it's isolated to the era between The Phantom Menace and The Last Jedi, you can see that the power play between both factions not only caused the Sith and Jedi to duke it out amongst themselves, but they also were crucial to forming the Galactic Empire/First Order and the Rebellion/Resistance. You can't have one without the other, and both orders live to fight the other to the death. However, in the case of the Jedi, they kind of turned out to be the more damaging of the two sides.

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