Since its reveal, the semi-cryptic title for the eighth episode in Star Wars‘s Skywalker saga has left many guessing as to what or who “The Last Jedi” is. The problem comes down to language, as Jedi is both the singular and plural form of the noun. This means that “The Last Jedi” could refer to one person, a group of people, or even (as John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats posits) the Ultimate Jedi who wastes all the other Jedi and eats their bones.
Well, we now have a clue now thanks to the film’s international titles.
You see, while English for the most part doesn’t modify it’s articles or adjectives based on the singular of plural status of a noun, a lot of other languages do. As we have now learned that the French title for the film is Les Derniers Jedi and the Spanish title is Los Últimos Jedi. For both of these, while they directly translate to “The Last Jedi,” the forms of “the” and “last” both are in their plural forms. We see the same thing in the German (Die Letzten Jedi) and Portuguese (Os Últimos Jedi) titles as well.
It’s pretty clear that the title refers to multiple Jedi then, and not just Luke Skywalker. We kind of expected this though, especially considering Episode VI’s title (Return of the Jedi) used it as a plural too, referencing both Luke’s taking up the mantle and Anakin’s redemption. Honestly I expect it refers to both Luke and Rey (who is clearly his new apprentice), as well as a reveal of more details surrounding Kylo Ren’s fall.
But hey, that’s just speculation at this point.