Star Wars The Last Jedi 11

What can this tell us about the future of the series?

If Jaina and Jacen are the inspiration behind Kylo and Rey’s relationship, then we can learn a lot from the twins’ journey in the books. Though the pair are close as children, they diverged in their later years due to Jacen’s brutal and aggressive tendencies. Where Jaina became a vital part of the Galactic Alliance, Jacen moved closer to the Dark Side after using the Force to look into the future and discover that he would kill his uncle Luke if he didn’t become a Sith apprentice. Like almost every young Jedi who attempts to control the Dark Side of the Force, Jacen slowly became lost to it (just like young Kylo), even killing his own aunt and the wife of Luke Skywalker, Mara Jade. That moment defined his journey away from the Light, mirrored by Kylo’s choice to murder his own father on Starkiller Base at the end of The Force Awakens.

There are two major parts of the twins’ destiny that could impact the future of the new Star Wars franchise. After years mastering the ways of the Dark Side, Darth Caedus became a Sith Lord. After violating all the laws of the Jedi and committing many atrocities, he was killed by his sister, Jaina. Could that be the arc that we’ll see in the new Star Wars trilogy? Rey having to take down a version of Kylo who finally lives up to his dream of finishing what his grandfather started? We already know that Rey is incredibly strong and that Kylo has committed (if not been complicit in) many atrocities, like the eradication of the village on Jakku and the destruction of the five planets in The Force Awakens.

Another moment in Jaina’s history leans into one of the most exciting rumbles around The Last Jedi. Fans are speculating that this newest installment could finally see the “Gray Jedi” brought into mainstream Star Wars canon. Jaina was fiercely loyal to her uncle, and when Luke was exiled from the New Jedi Order, she created a stealth splinter group called the Darkmeld to help Skywalker undermine an attempted coup. This is obviously a far different set up than Luke’s current self-imposed exile on Ahch-To, but he’s still alone and lost in desperate need of help after failing to create his New Jedi Order. Could Rey follow in Jaina’s footsteps and create a new group to help the man she’s come so far to find? And could that group be the Gray Jedi that fans are so desperate to see brought to life?

If you’re not yet versed in Star Wars lore, Gray Jedi is an EU derived blanket term for Jedi who utilize both the Dark Side and the Light of the Force. One of the most well known of these users is Anakin’s padawan, Ahsoka¬†Tano. Even Qui Gon Jinn was suspected to be one for his regular disobedience of the Jedi council. Many fans have pondered over whether or not the Gray will be introduced into the cinematic Star Wars universe after noticing that Luke seems to once again be straddling the line between the Light and the Dark in the latest trailers. Luke also states that the Jedi must end. Is this because he truly believes it? Or could it be that he wants the old idea of the Jedi to change, ready for something new and different?

If Rey does decide to save Luke and wants to turn to the Dark Side to do it, who better than her erstwhile foe and potential brother Kylo Ren? We know that he’s desperate to teach Rey and that the trailers have hinted at the two teaming up. Could it be that Luke even brings them together? And could they join Forces to bring the Gray Jedi to life? Though these are merely theories at the moment, we now know that Disney is open to adding EU characters to the modern fold, as Admiral Thrawn was added to the cast of Star Wars Rebels. Luckily for us, we only have a month until it’s time for us to find out exactly what the future holds for our potential “Solo twins,” Rey and Kylo.

Pages: Previous page 1 2

Cool Posts From Around the Web: