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‘Star Wars’ Secrets: Theories About the Identity of ‘The Last Jedi’

The lead-up to the release of the next Star Wars movie has left us with a good deal of questions. Who is Rey? What’s the true identity of Supreme Leader Snoke? And on the film’s most basic level: Who the hell is “the Last Jedi”?

Theories have been wide-ranging in the wake of Episode VIII‘s title announcement, even as Daisy Ridley’s Murder on the Orient Express co-star, Josh Gad has done all he can to figure out the answer for us. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some decently solid guesses to be made though.

1. Luke Skywalker (duh)

Luke Skywalker at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Luke Skywalker at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Luke Skywalker at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens | Lucasfilm

If Occam’s razor has any sway over the Star Wars universe, “the Last Jedi” is likely referring to none other than Luke Skywalker. Luke is even referred to by that title in the opening crawl of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, beginning with: “Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister first order has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed” (emphasis ours).

Later on in the film, Supreme Leader Snoke also refers to Luke by the same moniker, pointing a giant neon sign toward the simplest answer.

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