A week ago the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer blew up the internet. While the trailer was brief it left a lot to be speculated and as with any Star Wars news it started a wave of fan theories. However, the very last line of the trailer managed to garner the most attention.
As we are left with one final shot of Luke Skywalker as he mutters, “It’s time for the Jedi to end.” Now everyone has their own theory as to what this means. However, I have a theory that has changed the way that I view the Force.
Understanding The Force
Trying to understand the Force is actually pretty tricky. Since the Force is in many ways a religion in the Star Wars Universe, and much like religion in the real world there are several practices and different beliefs of how it operates. The most common way the Force has been viewed is the belief that the Sith are a corruption in the Force. In this belief the Sith are bending the will of the Force which is considered to be pure and good, and managing to corrupt its power for evil. The Jedi council believed that by ridding the galaxy of the Sith, it would bring a balance to the force by restoring it to a pure state that would lead to peace in the galaxy.
However, if you were to travel further into expanded lore (not all of which has been confirmed cannon), you might find some other interesting beliefs. One of which is the idea of the Unifying Force. The Unifying Force was believed to claim no sides. There is no dark or light side only the Force itself, and it could be tapped into by good or evil as a means to fulfill a destiny. Therefore some had the destiny to rule the galaxy and others destiny was to rid the galaxy of evil. The force claims no sides, but it indirectly aids both.
However, the way I believe the Force to work is a complete balance between the light side and the dark side. For example if there was a single Jedi and no Sith, then the Force would give birth to evil in order to bring balance and vice versa. This would explain why Anakin Skywalker fell to the dark side. Qui-Gon believed that Anakin was the one who was meant to bring balance to the Force. While Qui-Gon was correct he was wrong in thinking the force was unbalanced by the corruption of the dark side. Instead the Force was unbalanced in the favor of the Jedi. After all during this period of time the Jedi maintained control over most of the galaxy. So it became Anakin’s fate to restore balance to the force by falling to the dark side to undo the Jedi rule.
Maybe The Jedi Should End
So if we now look at Luke’s quote, “It’s time for the Jedi to end.” it suddenly makes more sense. When Luke redeemed Vader and the two defeated Palpatine, it brought an unbalance in the Force. Luke then became the only Jedi and there was no evil to bring balance. So when Luke eventually trains Ben Solo (a.k.a. Kylo Ren) in the ways of the Jedi he loses his way and becomes consumed by the dark side giving the Force balance once again. Luke must realize that now if he trains Rey and together they defeat Snoke and Kylo, it will only bring about more evil in the galaxy. The only way for this cycle to ever stop is if Luke and Rey are able to end both the Jedi and their enemy.
So How Will This Happen
Well there are a couple of ways I believe this could happen. The first is that Luke and Rey after defeating Kylo and Snoke must die. Yes, I know it is very dark, but it would rid the galaxy of the Jedi and the Sith and ultimately bring balance. So how likely is this to happen? Well That is the tricky part. Many would say that it would be too dark of an ending for Disney to commit to, however I don’t think so. With other central characters like Finn and Poe who are not force users, there is still a happy ending to be had if this sacrifice is made to save the other characters we love. Also Rogue One did prove that Disney is not afraid to kill the main characters of the movie. Much like Rogue One the sacrifice of Luke and Rey would not be in vain and ultimately would be the true test of heroism.
The other way I see this playing out is Rey becoming a Gray Jedi. What is a Gray Jedi? Gray Jedi are those who are believed to tread the line between the light and the dark side. Essentially having no commitment to either side, much like the idea of the Unifying Force. Now the term Gray Jedi is not exactly cannon, however there are examples of those who would be considered Gray with no alliance to the Jedi or the Sith. Qui-Gon Jinn was thought by many of the Jedi Council to be a Gray. The most prominent example however is my favorite force user in the Star Wars universe, Ahsoka Tano the Padawan of Anakin Skywalker. If Rey were to become the last Jedi and maintain a balance in herself between good and evil she could restore balance to the Force and prevent the cycle of Sith and Jedi from returning.
I feel that there is actually really good evidence for this theory in the new poster for The Last Jedi. The poster contains three characters Luke, Kylo, and Rey. Lukes face dominates the left side of the poster while Kylo Ren is represnted on the right side and in between them is Rey holding a light saber that turns from blue to red. With Luke representing the light side and Kylo representing the dark side, Rey is left in the middle representing a little bit of both. Is that a coincidence? Only time will tell.
So that was my theory, now I want to hear yours. Be sure to comment below and continue the conversation. And don’t forget to follow WTFGamersOnly on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more.