Ever since Disney and Lucasfilm revealed the official title for Star Wars Episode VIII earlier this month, fans have been debating which character(s) ‘The Last Jedi’ refers to. The most obvious — and thus, most likely — candidate is Luke Skywalker, who as far as we know is the literal last surviving Jedi Knight, but other viable theories include Rey being the last, assuming Luke dies at some point in the film, or even that both characters are the last, as the plural of Jedi is ‘Jedi.’
Of course, this being Star Wars and all, you can find a fan theory for pretty much every possible scenario, which brings us to Reddit user Anakin Kardashian (really dude?), who argues that Kylo Ren’s mysterious mentor Supreme Leader Snoke is the last of the Jedi. Ridiculous, right? We’ll admit that while we highly doubt Snoke is the last Jedi the film’s title is referring to, this is still a very well thought out theory that raises some intriguing points about The Force Awakens’ many dangling plot threads.
Basically, the theory all hinges on the huge interest everyone in the new Star Wars films (and books) have in old Jedi stuff. For instance, Rogue One depicts a sacred Jedi temple being stripped for kyber crystals by the Empire, while Luke is apparently obsessed with finding the first Jedi temple in The Force Awakens.
As it stands, all we really know is that Luke went into self-imposed exile after Kylo Ren betrayed him and turned against the new Jedi Order, but in doing so he also went on a quest of discovery, seeking answers to questions he couldn’t figure out on his own or by chatting with one of his Force ghost buddies. What if what Luke is really after is some form of ancient knowledge that will help defeat Snoke, who is possibly one of the galaxy’s oldest living beings. In the official Force Awakens novelization, Snoke makes it clear that he’s been around for some time, observing everything from the shadows:
Kylo Ren, I watched the Galactic Empire rise, and then fall. The gullible prattle on about the triumph of truth and justice, of individualism and free will. As if such things were solid and real instead of simple subjective judgments. The historians have it all wrong. It was neither poor strategy nor arrogance that brought down the Empire. You know too well what did.
Depending on how long Snoke has been around, Luke’s quest may very well be focused on discovering the origins of Snoke himself. As Anakin Kardashian argues, Snoke may very well be so old that he’s actually part of the original Jedi Order, predating the Jedi we know today: “What if we are learning about early Jedi because we are going to find out how different the ancient Jedi Order is? What if what we know as Jedi are not really Jedi after all? What if Snoke is the last Jedi, in its original form?”
Much like the word “Jedi” can refer to one or more characters, “last” could here mean “previous” rather than “final.” As in, the previous Jedi Order rather than a literal “final Jedi.” In this scenario, Snoke and the Knights of Ren could be the new incarnation of the original Jedi Order, one that looks and acts much differently from the one Luke belongs to. Sure, it’s all a bit of a stretch, but at the very least, this theory points to the possibility of the Jedi Order being more mysterious than Luke or anyone else realizes. Presumably, The Last Jedi will explore more of the Jedi Order’s lore and backstory and it would certainly be an interesting twist if it turned out that there was an entire order that came long before even the likes of Yoda.
We’ll (hopefully) find out for sure how Snoke plays into all of this when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters this December.