If you haven't seen the trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, what are you waiting for? Go see it now! It's okay, I'll wait.
The teaser trailer is pretty awesome, but Luke's last line evokes very powerful feelings. "I only know one truth. It's time for the Jedi to end." Besides the obvious, i.e. demolishing the Jedi order which Luke has practically done, we have several clues that point us toward another explanation. When Rey reaches out to The Force at Luke's command, she sees "the Light, the Dark, the balance," to which Luke responds "It's so much bigger."
The Light and the Dark, the Jedi and the Sith, have been polar opposites and a dynamic spanning #StarWars history. The Jedi rigidly adhered to the absence of emotional connections in order to better serve The Force, yet they picked up a child who had formed emotional attachments, which proved to be their downfall. Luke attempted to train a new Jedi order but it also fell to the darkness. The Jedi order is all about adamantly resisting any temptations, which practically pushes Jedi toward the Dark Side and the Sith.
The Force needs balance between the Dark and Light sides, everything in moderation rather than extremists on either side. Perhaps what Luke is seeing is that there can no longer be a divide between the Dark and the Light. The end of the strict adherence to the Light means the end of the Jedi ways. Perhaps we will see a new "Grey" order, embracing both Light and Dark sides of The Force and bringing about the true balance Anakin was responsible for.
However, it turns out, this is not a new concept in the Star Wars canon.
We've Actually Seen It Before
In #TheOldRepublic MMO, there was a sect called Revanites and a series of missions involving their leader and order. They followed the teachings of Revan, a man who had been both Jedi and Sith, believing that true power came from a balance. They rejected the Jedi and Sith paths, opting for something in between with rebirth from former paths.
The Revanites believed strongly in rebirth, a common theme in mythology, since Revan was both Jedi and Sith at certain points in his life and was also betrayed by both before rising as something new.
The Last Jedi could possibly see themes of rebirth along this line: in Luke from his accidental creation of a new Sith in his nephew and subsequent shunning of the Jedi order to become something new; in Rey with her transformation from simple slave into powerful first "Grey Jedi" of this "new" order; and even in Kylo Ren who went from Jedi to Sith and may yet find himself reborn to balance on the same path as Revan.
The rituals of the Revanites also hold interesting connections with the movie. In the game, those looking to join the Revanite order would go into Revan's cave and meditate, often receiving visions of Revan, and they would also undergo a "trial of the past" to understand the order's history.
The movie teaser trailer hints at similar scenarios. At the start, Rey emerges from a cave, gasping and flustered, and later shown standing resolutely above an underwater entrance. Another scene pans over old books with a gloved hand reaching toward what looks like an ancient text while Rey speaks of the balance.
These scenes hint at training and possibly more. Luke went to an ancient Jedi temple, but what did he find? Perhaps he found Revanite tomes or teachings. If Luke believed it was the true end of the Jedi, why would he bother to train Rey? Training her would only further whatever beliefs he holds, and if he is of the balance then he needs an apprentice. Luke's story seems to be nearing its end, but with Rey's appearance on the island he can train her in the ways of the Revanites to be the first of a new balanced order.
Do you think the Revanites could play a part in the upcoming film?