In an interview with the New York Times, Rian Johnson confirmed what many people, including myself, had already assumed, that Luke Skywalker is in fact “the last jedi” that the films title is referring to.
In the crawl it states verbatim:
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.
So, I’m not sure why there was any confusion about who “The Last Jedi” was referring to, I know fans like to come up with their own theories about things, I do it myself, but this seemed like a pretty straight-forward reference. When asked, “What does ‘The Last Jedi’ mean?” This was his response.
It’s in the opening crawl of “The Force Awakens.” Luke Skywalker, right now, is the last Jedi. There’s always wiggle room in these movies — everything is from a certain point of view — but coming into our story, he is the actual last of the Jedi. And he’s removed himself and is alone on this island, for reasons unknown.
So, there you have it. Luke is “The Last Jedi,” not Rey, not Finn, not BB8. What do you guys think of this revelation? Did you correctly deduce that it was Luke or did you buy into any of the other fan theories floating around? Let me know in the comments!