The article contains so many Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoilers. In fact, turn and run if you have not seen the movie yet, and come back after you have done it.
After years of waiting, Rian Johnson has finally followed J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens with its own chapter in the ongoing Star Wars series, The Last Jedi. And although his film does not have “Strength” in the title, the philosophical sequel delves into the meaning of The Force, the importance of its teachings (and the relevance of the Jedi, the best champions of the Force), and the impact it has in the galaxy.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi also does not have a mid-credit scene (this is not Marvel), but there is a final scene that is silently separated from the main action in the story, and has connections that could indicate where J.J. Abrams will have to leave when he returns to conclude the trilogy in Star Wars: Episode IX.
Now, let’s analyze the ending of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and what it could mean for the future of this universe in the future.
After a tense confrontation between Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) on the salt surface of Crait, the Jedi master uses a hologram version of himself to distract Ben Solo long enough for King (Daisy Ridley) to rescue the remaining members of the Rebel Alliance. King uses his Force powers, very important, in a second, to remove a mountain of rocks, freeing General Leia (Carrie Fisher), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) and what remains of the Rebels All approach the Millennium Falcon and prepare to escape.
At this time, several important – “shoes” begin to drop. In his last moment of dialogue with Kylo Ren, Luke reveals that, in fact, he will NOT be the last Jedi, although he burned the remaining Jedi artifacts (with Yoda’s help) that were still in Ahch-to. Once Luke reveals this, Rian Johnson cuts King off using his Force powers to move the rocks and free his friends. Only, because the previous movie revealed that King does not belong to a traditional Jedi tradition, his latent powers of the Force come from elsewhere.
On board the Falcon, Rey communicates with Kylo Ren one last time. She slammed the door of the Falcon, and the camera breaks the cuts in a barn outside Canto Bight. It is night in this distant planet, and a man screams for the voices of the children. A child stumbles in the dark, where he has been told to go back to work.
The boy takes a broom and begins to sweep. Well, he does not pick it up, as much as he calls the broom, using what we assumed in The Force. In addition, the straw that moves around the ground moves through what appears to be a combination of the broom and the Force. The child grabs this broom, and holds it up like a lightsaber while looking toward the night sky. A star (or a ship) is fired and the camera is directed towards the child’s hand. In it, he uses a ring. The ring has the emblem of the Rebellion. Rey and his team have help. And in the direction of Star Wars: Episode IX, you can find it in the next generation.
One of the most important points of Star Wars: The Last Jedi of Rian Johnson is that the Force can be found in all. It is not limited to the Skywalker family tree, as it has been in previous Star Wars films (although Han Solo tells Finn that “the Force does not work!”). It is bigger than the students that Luke trained in his Jedi monastery – even Kylo Ren erased them all.
If The Force really woke up in the opening film of this trilogy, not only in Rey, but in several other people in the galaxy, in The Last Jedi we learned that it does not go off with Luke. But because Rian Johnson includes this scene of the stable boy who has powers of the Force, we also know that the Force is not limited to King.
It can really be found in practically anyone. However, to paraphrase the Incredibles Syndrome, when everyone has the power of the Force, no one has the power of the Force. So I’m curious how J.J. Abrams will follow him in Episode IX.
But it all comes down to the presence of this stable boy, and his Resistance ring, and I think that in Star Wars: Episode IX, we will learn that the Force is much more extensive than we imagine, with people sensitive to the Force (like this one small child) in all corners of the galaxy.