The future of the Jedi will undoubtedly be a major topic explored in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Luke Skywalker sought out to teach a new generation of Jedi until they were killed by the Knights of Ren. The tragic event and lifelong battles has changed Luke’s outlook, as he proclaims in the trailer, “it’s time for the Jedi to end.” Does this adverse thinking hint at what fans might be introduced to in Episode VIII including a version of the infamous Gray Jedi?
What are Gray Jedi?
The lore within the Star Wars universe describes Gray Jedi as force-users who walk between the light and dark side. Gray Jedi, also referred to as Gray, are Jedi who have distanced themselves from the Jedi High Council and tend to bend the rules when it comes to the Jedi Code. Grays could also include force-users as the term is not used exclusively for trained Jedi. As for the light and dark side, Gray Jedi believe one could not survive without the other.
What are some Gray Jedi abilities?
Like all Jedi, Grays can construct and wield lightsabers but some tend to use blasters instead. While straying away from the typical Jedi Code, Gray Jedi use a mix of light and dark side force abilities. Gray Jedi have been known to use common dark side techniques such as force lightning and Jedi mind tricks. To disassociate themselves from one particular side, Grays often rename their force abilities.
Are there notable Gray Jedi?
Without getting too technical with canon versus non-canon, it is important to note that Gray Jedi were present in the video game, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Jolee Bindo, a Jedi first introduced in the game, was a self-proclaimed Gray. He believed that the Jedi Order had failed him and practiced an equal balance of light and dark side ideologies. Bindo even wore a distinct robe that was thought to represent the Grays. The decision to follow your own beliefs inspired other orders such as the Jensaarai, Imperial Knights, and Voss Mystics.
As for the movies, many considered the possibility that Qui-Gon Jinn was on the gray side. Qui-Gon heavily disagreed with the Council, a trait that came with being a Gray.
Will we see Gray Jedi in Episode VIII?
Rumors have been swirling for years that Luke is in fact a Gray Jedi. His family ties to the dark side and current internal struggles could point at his new Gray practices. Could living in isolation of Ahch-To give him more time to re-think his Jedi beliefs?
Kylo Ren would also be a viable option in terms of portraying Gray Jedi in the current Star Wars trilogy. Kylo Ren clearly struggles with his force powers and has serious family issues with being a member of the Skywalker lineage. It is very possible we see him sway to the light side, or at least the gray side by the end of Episode IX.
Rey might be the most obvious choice portraying a Gray Jedi in Episode VIII and beyond. Having Luke as a teacher could lead to darker force techniques. Rey has already indicated that she has force visions and the ability to use mind tricks, commonly classified with the dark side. She may need to balance her abilities to get the upper-hand to take down the First Order. There is also the mystery of her family history, could she have the dark side in her blood?
The jury is still out om whether we will ever see Gray Jedi on the big-screen but time will tell when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15th, 2017!
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