Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you haven't seen it yet, what's wrong with you?
Star Wars fever has once again gripped the public, raising body temperatures to dangerous heights and threatening to wipe out an entire generation of frail nerds. The reason? On January 23, Disney finally released the title of the next installment—Star Wars: The Last Jedi. As soon as it was announced, this title sparked a wave of speculation among the fans. Who is the last jedi? Luke? Rey? CHEWIE?
We won't know for sure until the movie comes out in December. But some eagle-eyed fans have noticed a pattern in the titles of the first two movies in the new trilogy that may provide a clue.
Put back-to-back, the titles form a sentence. The Force Awakens The Last Jedi. Could this be a coincidence? Knowing how much thought (and money) Disney is putting into the franchise, that seems unlikely. And the people of Twitter agree.
And what's more, this sentence isn't necessarily finished. The as-yet unannounced title of Episode IX could provide another clause.
Immediately, the speculation machine became fully operational.
Disney has proven once again that they're masters of torturing us with anticipation. We already couldn't wait until December 15; now we can't wait until May 23, 2019. They're manipulating us like Palpatine, and we're powerless to resist.
The Dark Side is strong with them. And with us. Here's the last scene from The Force Awakens, just to make you suffer even more: