As you would suspect with any newly-announced Star Wars title, there were a wide-range of reactions to Episode VIII being officially titled: The Last Jedi.
For the most part, people seem genuinely excited. However, there are a number of people who are nervously-speculating that it could mean the end of the line for Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who has been referred to as "the last jedi" several times in the franchise.
Yoda was the first to do so. In Return of the Jedi, while on his deathbed, Yoda said, Luke, when gone am I... the last of the Jedi will you be." The reference was made twice in The Force Awakens. The beginning of the opening crawl read: "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." And later on in the film, Supreme Leader Snoke said to Kylo Ren, "The droid will soon be delivered to the Resistance, leading them to the last jedi. If Skywalker returns, the new Jedi will rise."
Of course, as many people pointed out, Jedi is both singular and plural, so The Last Jedi doesn't have to just refer to Luke. Plus, just because it's called The Last Jedi, doesn't mean Luke will go the way of Han Solo (Harrison Ford)—though the last film gave more importance to passing the baton to the next generation (Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren) than the characters of the original trilogy.
Well, I went around gathering some of the best and funniest reactions to The Last Jedi. Click on our "Start Slideshow" feature to check out all twenty(!) of them.
Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.
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Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.
I love the title, as you can imagine. #TheLastJedi— Darth Vader (@DarthVader) January 23, 2017
When a new Star Wars title is announced, this happens to /Film web traffic pic.twitter.com/Wt4T4AhVvk— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) January 23, 2017
.@rianjohnson has said the title hasn't changed since he wrote it. Which means the dude submitted a script called "The Last Jedi." Balls.— Da7e Gonzales (@Da7e) January 23, 2017
♥️the title THE LAST JEDI @rianjohnson but it kind of tips that you're making a shot-for-shot remake of The Last Starfighter w Star Wars ppl— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) January 23, 2017
The Last Jedi sounds like it's gonna be pretty dark. The title and image says it all.— Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) January 23, 2017
THE LAST JEDI is a seriously good title but also now I want to make a LAST UNICORN poster with a light saber coming out of its head— Josh Raby (@JoshRaby) January 23, 2017
Episode 8 title is "The Last Jedi," but "Jedi" is both singular and plural. That's how they're trying to TRICK US! Your move, @rianjohnson.— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) January 23, 2017
"The plural for Jedi is Jedi!" - Me trying to calm down all the guys at work right now. #TheLastJedi— Kevin Kirk (AllMad) (@Y2KKev) January 23, 2017
very topical new Star Wars title pic.twitter.com/V5oxADh4Ms— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 23, 2017
The new Star Wars title is nice and all but what if they still need Jedi/the force in the next one?
8 = THE LAST JEDI— Jim Caddick (@Caddicarus) January 23, 2017
9 = NOT REALLY LOL
Luke Trains Rey
Rey becomes The Last Jedi
FUCK— HMK #RoadTo100K (@HMKilla) January 23, 2017
This man is the last Jedi.... pic.twitter.com/pg9TFt45t5— Daddy Mannheimer (@TailsChannel) January 23, 2017