The final chapter in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker, released on December 20, 2019. With it came many questions and concerns on how this is a fitting end to one of the Greatest film saga’s of all time.
The biggest complaint I have heard so far is how the film does away with Anakin Skywalker’s journey and sacrifice. Making it all for naught.
I have some news for all of you though. It actually enhances everything about Anakin’s journey.
**SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE RISE OF SKYWALKER YET**
The Chosen One
Since the release of the first trailer for Episode IX people have had one question on their mind. “How is Palpatine back!?” Now, since the film’s release and essentially the lack of explanation given to that question. People have transitioned into finding a way to complain about Palpatine focusing on the prophecy of The Chosen One.
“If Palpatine is Alive that means Anakin didn’t fulfill the prophecy of The Chosen One thus ruining what George Lucas intended.”
Look, I can’t sit here and negate that George Lucas confirmed Anakin fulfilled the prophecy of bringing balance to the Force when he threw Palpatine into the reactor during Return of the Jedi. However, I can expand on what Balance of the Force means and how TROS (The Rise of Skywalker) still works and magnifies Anakin’s story.
Balance of The Force
Balance is all about how The Force is “used.”
Contrary to what many believe, Anakin did not bring balance by evening out the Good and Bad sides of The Force. Rather in removing Palpatine it allowed The Force to exist as it is intended.
Dark Force users, or for this example The Sith, manipulate the Force to their will. They utilize The Force for their own gain looking to the future to better themselves and have complete control.
Light Force users, The Jedi, Are Passive. Allowing The Force to flow through them. Living in the moment and not manipulating it for their own gain.
A Dark force manipulating and mangling the Force to their own will is what throws it out of balance.
When Anakin threw Darth Sidious into the reactor it allowed The Force to balance out. During the 30 years since then Palpatine was believed to be dead. If we go based off what he says in TROS “I have died once before.” then he must have been revived somehow.
Now, we can gather that it took a number of years to conjure up the ability to manipulate The Force. Eventually using Snoke to turn Ben Solo and creating an unbalance once again.
The Skywalker Connection
Snoke – “Darkness rises and light to meet it.”
The Force intervened leading Rey on a journey to become a Jedi and to once again eliminate the threat of the Dark.
Anakin Skywalker’s sacrifice and redemption is what led to this moment. allowing him to STILL be the reason balance is restored.
By saving Luke Skywalker and in essence Leia, Han, Chewy, etc. The future was set. Ben Solo, despite his own struggles and personal perils, was able to help in guiding Rey to finishing off Palpatine once and for all. Luke was able to pass on what he had learned. Be it very little in the grand scheme of things. Though, he did explain the biggest lesson about facing fear and how that is the Destiny of a Jedi.
Through Anakin’s sacrifice and essentially his redemption balance was able to be restored.
The Chosen One. A Prophecy Misread could have been.
The Prophecy of The Chosen One isn’t exact in interpretation. All we know is Anakin Skywalker was to be the Chosen One and bring balance to The Force. How that is completed has never been explained within the films, novels, or other media sources in the Disney Lucasfilm canon.
Yes, George Lucas stated in an interview that Anakin’s sacrifice is what brought balance to The Force. However, what happens in this movie doesn’t negate that.
It all boils down to the Legacy of the Skywalker’s.
Anakin’s story is a tragedy. One that turns into a story of HOPE once his Son begins his journey. It is then exemplified when Rey becomes a product of that legacy fulfilling and completing what they started so long ago on Tattooine.
Rey is NOT the Chosen One but Rather a Product of The Prophecy
While her journey mirrors more of Anakin’s than Luke’s. The fact that she is the one who put the final blow on Old Grandpa Palpy does not make her the Chosen One. Rather it shows that Anakin’s influence on The Force and for that matter the Galaxy reached much farther than simply destroying the Sith. Had it not been for his sacrifice and legacy what transpires in TROS would not be possible.
Anakin is STILL the Chosen One. He brought balance to The Force. The Rise of Skywalker does not negate that.
Across the Stars
#Reylo is a thing folks. Whether you wanted it to happen or not JJ Abrams decided to follow through and give the fans what they wanted….. Or did he cleverly connect them to that of Anakin and Padme’s story?
Anakin & Padme / Ben & Rey
Anakin’s drive and ultimately what turned him to the Dark was his desire to keep the one he cared about from dying. His reasons were dark and selfish. He wanted Padme alive so he could have her in his life not so she could simply live.
At the end of The Rise of Skywalker we see Ben and Rey embrace and kiss but only after Ben uses a healing technique on Rey to revive her. His act was selfless and because of this he was able to save Rey from death. However, This act costs him his life. A life he no longer wanted to live. A life full of anger and fear. He saves Rey to give her a life to continue being the HOPE the Galaxy needs….And… Because he Loved her.
The reason why it happens like this and not the other way around is because Rey had to achieve what Palpatine, her grandfather never could. Cheating death. Just as Ben had to achieve what Anakin couldn’t. Saving the one he Loved from dying.
This is a fitting end and conclusion to the Skywalker lineage. One that exemplifies the tragedy of Anakin while also showing that the Legacy of Hope will live on through Rey.
Who would have thought that Anakin’s story would be so connected in this movie? I give JJ Abrams and Chris Terrio a lot of credit for interweaving these little yet impactful moments into the film.
Hopefully you enjoyed The Rise of Skywalker as it truly is an experience.