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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: What the ‘Episode VIII’ Title Tells Us

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Each Star Wars movie comes paired with a title that’s as cryptic as it is apt. We only find out just how apt it really is after seeing the film itself, leaving us to wildly speculate on a handful of words sans any other concrete information. In the case of Episode VIII, Lucasfilm has finally unveiled Star Wars: The Last Jedi as the film’s official title, and it carries a whole mess of implications. That being so, let’s jump in and try to decode exactly what it might mean.

1. This is clearly still a Skywalker-centric story

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The first thing that pops out isn’t simply the ominous title: It’s the brief description offered by Lucasfilm, dubbing The Last Jedi as “the next chapter in the Skywalker saga.” It’s an interesting contrast to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was decidedly light on Skywalker drama, dealing more in Rey’s mysterious origin and Finn’s defection from the First Order. More than that, The Last Jedi hints heavily toward Rey carrying her own Skywalker lineage, especially as she continues to establish herself as the central presence of the new trilogy.

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