Unless you spent the weekend living under a rock (or a mountain of chocolate Easter eggs) you’ll have seen the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer and know all about Luke’s infamous final line. “I only know one truth,” he says. “It’s time for the Jedi… to end.” And everyone around the world went, “WHAAAAAAAAA?!” Why does Luke want the Jedi to end? Maybe because they cause more problems than they solve? Maybe because he believes you can’t have the Jedi without the Sith? Maybe it’s because he wants to be the only one?! Below are five theories about why Luke might want the Jedi to end. Pick your favourite or add yours in the comments below.
1. He’s seen the Jedi fail too many times before
How much do they really help anyway? Sure, they’re technically ‘the good guys’ but who decided they should be in charge? Just because you can move things with your mind doesn’t mean you’re qualified to make decisions about the universe and secretly work behind-the-scenes to manipulate politics. That’s not democratic. Plus, there’s the whole issue of power corrupting and Jedi turning to the dark side. All in all, they cause more problems than they solve and Luke’s had enough of it.
2. He’s turned to the dark side
And wants to wipe out the Jedi. If you think about it, this one makes the most sense. In the history of Star Wars, who are the ones who always wanted to get rid of the Jedi? The Sith. Luke Skywalker’s gone full evil and is planning to end the Jedi by killing Rey, and anyone else who shows the potential to become a Jedi. Imagine Emperor Palpatine or Supreme Leader Snoke saying, “It’s time for the Jedi to end” and you’ll realise it’s an unquestionably ‘evil guy’ thing for anyone to say. Seriously, Luke’s gone evil.
3. You can’t have the Jedi without the Sith
This is the old, there’s no light without dark argument. If Luke believes that you can’t have the Jedi without the Sith (or at least the possibility of some Jedi turning toward to the dark side… *cough* Darth Vader *cough* Kylo Ren *cough*) then he might have decided it’s just not worth it. If ending the Jedi also means the end of the Sith, isn’t that worth it? Sure, you won’t have the good guys but if there’s no bad guys, you don’t really need them.
4. He wants to be the only one
Luke is selfish. Didn’t you know that? Super selfish. He wants to be the only Jedi. Hell, the movie is called The Last Jedi and he’s going to make sure he’s the only one if it kills him (or anyone else). This is more of a ‘Luke’s gone crazy instead of evil’ theory, but still, it’s a possibility. Rey better watch her back.
5. There’s something else he thinks is better
This ties into the whole ‘gray Jedi’ theory. It’s the idea that Luke has found, or is trying to find, a true balance between the Force. He no longer wants a light and dark side but a balance… a gray Force. His whole life has been spent fighting between the light and dark and he’s seen countless friends and family battle the same fight, such as his father. Perhaps when Ben Solo, despite his tutelage, turned to the dark side, Luke realised that he was going about this the wrong way. That instead of creating more Jedi, he needed the Jedi to end… so that something better could come along. Something which would bring true balance to the Force and peace to the galaxy; balance.