Ever since the original Star Wars trilogy, one of the most common themes of Star Wars revolved around the scarcity of the Jedi. Of course, there used to be an entire Jedi Order with more than 10,000 Jedi Knights and Masters. However, Luke Skywalker failed to revive the Jedi Order to its former glory in terms of its numbers, and that’s why Rey was the only Jedi we saw at the end of the sequel trilogy. So, how many Jedi are still there in the galaxy after the events of ‘Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker?’
Rey Palpatine/Skywalker is the only Jedi left after the events of ‘Rise of Skywalker.’ It was clear that all of the Jedi were dead, as Luke Skywalker was often called the last Jedi before Rey became a Jedi herself. However, there are still many different Force-sensitive people around the galaxy.
It is clear that the next step in Rey’s journey is the complete revival of the Jedi Order, as we know that Luke tried yet failed to do that after he defeated the Empire. In that regard, Rey will train more and more Force-sensitive people as part of her new Jedi Order now that the Sith are already gone. That said, let’s look at how many Jedi are there after ‘The Rise of Skywalker.’
How many Jedi are left at the end of ‘The Rise of Skywalker?’
One of the things that fans were quick to point out regarding the sequel trilogy of Star Wars is that the movies were seemingly rehashed versions of the original trilogy. For one, in ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,’ the fact that the Jedi Order had been destroyed once more was one of the themes introduced and quite similar to one of the central themes of the original trilogy.
In that regard, Luke Skywalker, who was in hiding during the first two movies of the sequel trilogy, was called the last Jedi, and that’s why Kylo Ren and the First Order wanted him dead to make sure that the Jedi Order would never rise once more.
As such, throughout the earlier part of the sequel trilogy, Luke was the only Jedi left in the galaxy. Rey wasn’t even a Jedi yet because she was still just learning how to be a Jedi at that point in her life. That was why Kylo Ren wanted to kill his uncle, as doing so would end the line of the Jedi once and for all, only for Luke to tell him that he would not be the last Jedi. Of course, Luke was referring to Rey, who was training hard to become a Jedi.
We know that Rey eventually completed her training under Leia Organa, who had Jedi training herself but was never a true Jedi after she abandoned her training a year into it. Nevertheless, with Leia’s blessing, Rey became a true Jedi knight. And when Kylo Ren turned his back on the dark side to become Ben Solo again, two Jedi Knights existed in the fight against Emperor Palpatine on Exegol during the climax of ‘The Rise of Skywalker.’
Rey, empowered by the voices and the strength of the previous Jedi that came before her, could defeat Palpatine, who was empowered by all of the Sith. Palpatine’s destruction led to what seems to be the ultimate end of the Sith Order once and for all. And we know that Ben gave his life to revive Rey.
So, in the end, Rey became the only Jedi left in the galaxy as she and Ben Solo were the only ones around in that final fight against Palpatine. We know that the Resistance called for aid from different parts of the galaxy, and the fact that no other Jedi came to help them means that there were no Jedi left other than Rey and Ben. And after Ben’s death, Rey became the only living Jedi.
Are there any more Jedi after Rey?
Of course, one of the things that became clear after the events of ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ was that Rey was on her way to rebuild the Jedi Order. We know that there will be a sequel to ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ and that this movie will focus on Rey’s efforts to rebuild the Jedi Order more than a decade after the ending of the sequel trilogy.
That means that there will be more Jedi after Rey. Of course, this was clear because the Star Wars galaxy never runs out of Force-sensitive children born with the innate ability to use the Force. We saw this in ‘Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi’ when one of the children living on Canto Bight showed the ability to use the Force. Even Finn was hinted to be able to use the Force, although it is unlikely that he would be a Jedi.
With that said, the one clear thing is that there will be more Jedi after Rey because Rey’s new mission is to finally succeed in rebuilding the Jedi Order. That means she has to scour the galaxy for children who can use the Force.
There are even rumors that Ben “impregnated” Rey using the power of the Force when he revived her, as there’s a chance that Rey will have a Skywalker child by the time she returns in her upcoming movie.
So, if that’s true, it is possible that the next chapter of Star Wars will not revolve around Rey but will now revolve around a new generation of Skywalkers that will take the Jedi Order into the future. And that is why there’s a good chance that the Jedi Order will continue to live long after Rey’s time.
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