With the announcement of the title of Episode VIII, came an accompanying title card. What made this title card different than the one released for The Force Awakens, was the color. The Force Awakens was the traditional yellow used in the opening crawl and throughout Star Wars, and the one for Episode VIII was red as seen in the logos for previous Star Wars films of Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith. This obviously led to the internet exploding with speculation as to what it all could mean if anything.
Here’s a couple of theories I have.
The two previous films to use red were bookends to previous trilogies, this one however is the second in a new trilogy but could still be a bookend to an individuals story arc like the previous films. Anakin’s decent into the dark side was complete in Revenge of the Sith, and his redemption was in Return of the Jedi. With Vader’s Castle featured in Rogue One and it was intended to be used in The Force Awakens it is likely it is teasing a return of Vader albeit as a force ghost (I have another theory about that I’ll include in another post) which was also considered for The Force Awakens. Darth Vader is Kylo Ren’s inspiration for his decent into the dark side so its highly likely we will see more of Vader one way or another. Red is used as darkside force wielders’ light saber color.
It could also signify a death, end of the Skywalker Saga and beginning of Rey’s journey, whom may not be a Skywalker at all, but possibly a Kenobi.
It should be noted that the three films are also the only ones with Jedi or Sith in the title. And both Jedi and Sith are both words that are singular and plural.
In each of the three films there was also a regime change; the Empire came to power in Revenge of the Sith and the Rebels defeated the Empire in Return of the Jedi. With talk of politics been a larger focus in The Last Jedi this could mean the end of the New Republic and reign of the The First Order.
Or it could be a simple marketing choice to have it stand out against The Force Awakens products and the next film could be blue like the Empire Strikes Back. It could be a way to silence those who said The Force Awakens borrowed heavily from A New Hope and show that this new entry although rumored to be darker in tone akin to Empire Strikes Back it will be its own unique film in the never ending Star Wars saga.
Let us know in the comment section below if you agree or what your theories might be.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled for release Friday, December 15th.