The Last Jedi

The next installment in the Star Wars franchise is slated for a December release, and ever since its title—The Last Jedi—was revealed in January, speculation and fan theories have been running rife. One of the more popular theories suggests that the title alludes to Luke Skywalker. Proponents of this postulation base their argument on the fact that Luke is explicitly referred to as “the last Jedi” in the opening title crawl of The Force Awakens. Another argues it refers to Luke, in addition to Who- are-her- parents-anyway Rey and Jedi-trainees who could’ve possibly survived Kylo Ren’s massacre. Ezra Bridger from the hit animation Rebels has also been mentioned in as one of the MIA Jedi.

Here’s a proposition I’d like to add: the title denotes the end of the Jedi. Given there’ll almost certainly be Jedi in Episode IX, the dissolution of the ancient order of light side practitioners is something we’ll unlikely see…in Episode VIII at least. There’s a strong chance that Episode IX will conclude with the disintegration of the Jedi—and the Sith Order—as well.

The Protracted Jedi-Sith Feud

The rivalry between the light and dark side has been the core conflict for the so far seven movies, two animated TV series and a couple of novels and comic books. If you were to trace the timeline of events in the saga, starting from the prequel trilogy, it would be this: Jedi, despite their superior numbers and strength, suffer a crushing defeat in Revenge of the Sith. Two blown up death stars later, the Sith get upended at the end of Return of the Jedi, only for them to rise into power again in The Force Awakens.

It’s been a roller-coaster, to say the least, but at the same point the fun has to end. Revisiting the age-old duel post-Episode IX will mean retreading the already twice explored plotlines of the Jedi’s failure to administer the galaxy when in charge, the seduction of ingenuous Jedi by the dark side and the fall-from- grace character arcs.

The Je’daii Order

When Qui-Gon took note of young Anakin’s astronomically high midi-chlorian count, a feeling of hope stirred up in him, hope that he’d found “The Chosen One,” a fabled hero, as foretold by Jedi prophecy, who’d vanquish the Sith. In a tragic turn of events, Anakin annihilated the Jedi order and pledged fealty to the Emperor. This agonizing betrayal was perfectly encapsulated by Obi-Wan in his lamentation to Anakin after their fight on Mustafar:

“You were the chosen one. It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them. Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness.”

The restoration of parity to the Force that Kenobi was referring to was the unification of the Sith and the Jedi orders to form the Je’daii order. The Je’daii Order is an organization that preceded both orders and formed the basis for each of them. Unlike its derivatives which focused on lopsided interpretations of the Force, the Je’daii were concerned with the duality of light and darkness. The Je’daii maintained that dark side wasn’t a sinister version of the light, but rather a mirror image that complemented it.

Light doesn’t imply good—I mean, look at how Ben Kenobi tried to justify lying to Luke about Vader when he told him that everything was true from “a certain point of view.” Worse, Obi-wan wasn’t making it up. The whole alternative facts deception is part of the Jedi scripture as revealed in this passage of Aftermath: Empire’s End. Likewise, the dark side is perceived as evil only because its  practitioners—the Sith and the other dark side sensitive beings the Inquisitors—are extremists in their belief system.

The Expanded Universe Debacle

However, it’s important to note that the backstory about the Je’daii featured in various properties that were a part of the Star Wars Expanded Universe which has been re-conned ever since George Lucas sold the Star Wars rights. But given that the notion of there being a balance to the Force was mentioned in Revenge of the SIth—which is still part of the revamped universe, it’s reasonable to think that the Je’daii order back story is still in consideration. As it’s mentioned in the official Star Wars website:

“While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded. Creators of new Star Wars entertainment have full access to the rich content of the Expanded Universe. For example, elements of the EU are included In Star Wars Rebels. The Inquisitor, the Imperial Security Bureau, and Sienar Fleet Systems are story elements in the new animated series, and all these ideas find their origins in roleplaying game material published in the 1980s.”

What Disney Loves More Than Making Money

If there’s one thing that Disney loves more than making money, it’s making loads of it. Disney didn’t make a four-billion dollar acquisition of the franchise in 2012 only to make six movies out of it and discard it. That being said, there’ll be Star Wars movies post-Episode IX. Whether it’ll focus on the Jedi-Sith battle is a huge doubt for me.

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