The undoing of the OT does seem to be happening to spin new yarn about of these Star Wars Sequels (OT/PT/ST). Not much of Return. Luke's neo Jedi Order collapsed even before the events of TFA.
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Considering that, only two movies ago, we had the RETURN of the Jedi, this definitely highlights the incongruity of the sequel trilogy when stacked up against the original. I have to wonder how the films will play, marathon-wise, with the sudden jump from ROTJ to TFA.
The old Expanded Universe did its job (keeping the brand alive without really doing anything permanent to the characters) and extrapolated where things would go, post-JEDI, in a way which at least made sense. Luke rebuilds the Jedi order, Han and Leia (who cultivated her Jedi potential) are happily married. The New Republic florishes, although there are still threats from within and without.
The actual sequel trilogy has gone pretty much the opposite route on every front. The Rebels didn't actually win, and the Empire wasn't really defeated. Luke failed at rebuilding the Jedi order (putting the lie to the title of RETURN OF THE JEDI), and went off to hide with his tail between his legs. Han and Leia broke up. Everyone's miserable, and a new generation of Mary Sue-esque characters has to come along and continue the war until such time as the franchise becomes unprofitable.
My first thought upon seeing this title is that Luke's probably a goner. Betcha it's a double-meaning title, with Rey ending up as the last Jedi after Luke dies. Of, it could be a story about the two of them (Jedi, plural) er...striking back against the First Order.
My gut feeling when this trilogy began was that Han would die in movie one, Luke in movie two, and Leia would be the lynchpin/survivor of movie three, since her son is the main baddie, and she has the biggest emotional stake in that. Reports are that Leia was to play a key role in IX, which lends some weight to that idea. Carrie Fisher's untimely death may well have put an end to that hypothetical plan. Perhaps Luke will indeed make it into IX, even if only as a Force-ghost. We shall see!