The topic of whether Anakin Skywalker was the Chosen One has been debated and dissected on just about every blog and podcast that is currently in existence, and if it hasn’t been discussed, then at some point, it will be. I think that it has even been discussed on a past Coffee With Kenobi episode. But I wanted to give my opinions on the topic.
Unfortunately, the specific prophesy that references the Chosen One has never been written down, but it basically states that a being of extreme Force potential will come along and is supposed to bring “balance to the Force.” At the time that Anakin was discovered by Qui-Gon Jinn, the Jedi, who represented the Light side of the Force, were the primary user of the Force in the galaxy. Their interpretation of the prophesy was that the Chosen One was going to destroy the Sith. Obi-Wan Kenobi states this perfectly in Episode 3 after he defeats Darth Vader, which was Anakin’s new Sith name.
“You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them. You were to bring balance to the force, not leave it in darkness.”
Yoda does mention that they may have misread the prophecy, but the Jedi still had the wrong impression of Anakin.
I feel that Anakin was the Chosen One because he did bring balance to the Force, but it was not in a way the Jedi had anticipated. At the end of Revenge of the Sith, there are two Sith, Darth Vader and Darth Sidious, and there were at least two Jedi, Yoda and Obi-Wan. There may have been more Jedi, but that hasn’t been revealed yet. The Dark side was stronger during this time, since Yoda and Obi-Wan were in hiding, waiting for a time when the Jedi were strong enough to defeat the Sith. Anakin does, however, leave the Force in darkness, since the Sith are now in control of the galaxy, which brought the Force out of balance.
Also, Anakin/Vader DOES eventually destroy the Sith, at the end of Return of the Jedi when he throws Palpatine/Sidious over the railing and into the core of the second Death Star. Even though he doesn’t die immediately, the result of this action causing Anakin to get injuries that prove to be terminal. Now the Light side of the Force is the stronger side. However, I don’t think that the Force is in balance, since one side is now the stronger. And even though this portion of the story and history of Star Wars was never canon, I feel that the Force has not been in balance for thousands of years, since the Sith War. I also don’t think the Force will ever be in balance.
So to sum up my thoughts, Anakin is indeed the Chosen One, but he doesn’t destroy the Sith, he only ends their rule and control of the galaxy for that period of time.
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