I don't get why people think Luke is going to die. It's literally just Luke's title as of right now. The opening crawl of TFA refers to Luke as such: "Luke Skywalker has vanished. In his absence, the sinister FIRST ORDER has risen from the ashes of the Empire and will not rest until Skywalker, the last Jedi, has been destroyed."Snoke also gives him this title: "The droid will soon be delivered to the Resistance, leading them to the last Jedi. If Skywalker returns, the new Jedi will rise."It's like calling Superman the last son of Krypton. It's rather mythic. I like the title because TFA was all about locating Luke. That's where the film ended. With Luke standing alone overlooking the ocean. I predict IX will be called something like The New Jedi, completing Snoke's quote and ultimate fear. With the sequel trilogy becoming 'The' trilogy.Witnessing the true rebirth of the Jedi on screen is better than just hearing about it via a piece of dialogue. I prefer this way. He tried once, but it failed. Kylo killed everyone. But Luke tries a second time and succeeds. It adds depth to Luke's character too. He feels the burden and sense of failure - but through Rey, he overcomes his pain. I think it will include a reformation of the Jedi order, such as policy regarding attachment. All in all, I'm happy with how it's all shaping up.
Jonathan Nolan: He [Batman] has this one rule, as the Joker says in The Dark Knight. But he does wind up breaking it. Does he break it in the third film?Christopher Nolan: He breaks it in...Jonathan Nolan: ...the first two.Source: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=uwV8rddtKRgC&pg=PR8&dq=But+he+does+wind+up+breaking+it.&hl=en&sa=X&ei
I'm pretty sure Disney has poised "The Last Jedi", or atleast hopes to, at least meet the same box office as "The Force Awakens," but does anyone think that with the unfortunate passing of Carrie Fisher, particularly with her having completed her role in the film which is reportedly larger than her role in Episode 7 (which, and let's be honest here... isn't saying much)... is going to galvanize audiences into making Episode 8 an even bigger hit than it was already going to be in a Heath Ledger manner?