If you were the Jedi Order what would you fear?
To answer that question we’ll borrow a line from Jedi Master Yoda. In Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Yoda says, “Always two there are, no more, no less. A master and an apprentice. ” The Star Wars universe has established this as the Rule of 2. According to Star Wars Wikipedia page the Rule of 2 is defined as “that there must be only two Sith Lords at a time: a master to embody power, and an apprentice to crave it and eventually overthrow his master and adopt an apprentice of his own.”
The ancient fear referred to in the working title for Episode VII is simple; the Sith are no longer following the Rule of 2.
In the six previous installments of the Star Wars franchise we have always seen the Jedi battling one Dark Lord of the Sith at a time with brief moments against two at the end of each of the trilogies. Think about a movie where the likes of Darth Maul, Darth Tyranus, Darth Vader, and Darth Sidious were all on the screen at the same time, would that be something you were interested in watching?
We’re facing the realistic possibility of three films where Luke Skywalker and a fragile new Jedi Order are faced with the daunting task of battling numerous Sith Lords. Count me in for that.