“I only know one truth: It’s time for the Jedi to end.” With those final words, Luke Skywalker closed out the first teaser for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, one of the most anticipated films of the year. It’s a line that sent the internet into overdrive as fans everywhere began to contemplate just what these ominous words mean. Coupled with the title of the film, it seems pretty clear what it means: The Jedi will end with Luke Skywalker. Rian Johnson, the director of The Last Jedi, has already confirmed that the title refers to Luke, but if the Jedi are truly over, then what does this mean for the future of the franchise? What does this mean for Rey?
As more information slowly trickles out about the film, it becomes more apparent that Star Wars is moving further away from the Jedi and the Sith. The ancient battle between the light side and the dark side, pure good versus pure evil, has been the cornerstone of Star Wars mythology. Without that, just what else is there? Well, there is one thing actually and it’s something that’s been part of the lore for years now. The world is not black and white, but full of grays, and it looks like Star Wars is finally embracing the path of the Gray Jedi.
The Gray Jedi is not a new concept to Star Wars, though it hasn’t ever shown up in any definitive forms in the various movies or TV series. No one has ever come out and said: “and this is Dingo Comethole –he’s a Gray Jedi.” However, the evidence is beginning to pile up that Gray Jedi are about to become a huge focus of the latest trilogy, so we thought we’d shine a little light for those unfamiliar.
A Gray Jedi can essentially be boiled down to either of these points:
1. A Force user who can utilize both the light and dark sides of the Force without strictly following either path or succumbing to their weaknesses. For example, the user can utilize dark side Force abilities without giving in to their angry and losing themselves to evil.
2. A Jedi who operates outside of the Jedi Council and does not adhere to the standard rules and regulations of the Jedi. This means the Gray Jedi get all of the benefits with none of the crappy rules like not being able to fall in love.
If you were both of these things, then more power to you. A Gray Jedi is technically more Jedi than Sith, but they typically stay out of the affairs of either group and do their own thing. The simplest way of looking at it is a Force user who is as powerful as a Sith, but with all the morality and honor of a Jedi.
Using both sides of the Force, a Gray Jedi is capable of using multiple Force powers. They were just as adept at using the Jedi Mind Trick as they were blasting lightning out of their fingertips. As such, a Gray Jedi is very powerful, but they are always walking on the fine line between embracing too much light or darkness. They are just as susceptible to losing themselves to the Force as either a Jedi or Sith.