Throwback Friday: Should Anakin Skywalker Make An Appearance in ‘Episode IX’?

For the past two Star Wars movies in this current trilogy rumors have circulated that Anakin Skywalker would make an appearance in the films. In The Force Awakens, they went far enough to create concept art showcasing Anakin Skywalker who would have appeared in Rey’s vision. He, unfortunately, didn’t make it into the end product of the film.

In The Last Jedi it was rumored that Rey would experience in one of her Force-training exercises a vision where one of the sea monsters (that Luke ended up milking) was living in a cave and it would transform into Anakin Skywalker. (That sounds reminiscent of Luke’s vision in the cave on Dagobah.) That also didn’t end up happening.

That rumor from The Last Jedi seemed all the more palpable because Hayden Christensen showed up at some Star Wars conventions in 2017, which he hasn’t done in a while.

Rumors have also started circulating about Anakin making an appearance in Episode IX and if this is supposedly the Skywalker saga finale shouldn’t he be in it in some form or another? Especially that now, obviously, Palpatine is making a chilling return to the franchise.

Do I think he should be in the movie? Yeah, why not? I would love to see a Force Ghost Anakin Skywalker talk a little bit of sense into his deranged grandson, Ben Solo. I think it would be positively awesome. If anything it could maybe allude to the movie’s title, The Rise of Skywalker. That could be cool. Whatever the case, J.J Abrams knows how to deliver a lot of fan-service moments that’ll make us all very, very happy.

What do you think? Do you think Anakin should return in Episode IX and maybe battle Palpatine Force-ghost style or should he remain absent? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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5 thoughts on “Throwback Friday: Should Anakin Skywalker Make An Appearance in ‘Episode IX’?”

  1. I think we’ll see something of a “force resurrection” for Anakin. “Skywalker saga” has been pushed so much in the marketing over the last few months, it would be most bizarre now that family name is in the title for Kylo Ren to be the only one to appear. Celebration 2017 was all about testing the waters of a potential comeback for Christensen, and I believe that’s what we’re going to see. The actor has has a huge supporter base right now.

    The producers are surely wise enough to know that SW fans are not going to tolerate another dose of deception and trickery as TLJ turned out to be. The Chosen One will be coming back to end Palpatine once and for all here, though the manner it’ll appear on screen is very difficult to predict. I’m guessing he’ll speak to his grandson at some stage.

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    1. Definitely. I think that would be a great turn in Kylo’s story if he earned some rather valuable wisdom from his grandfather, the legendary Jedi, Anakin Skywalker.

      And I would just love to see that. Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren face to face with Hayden Christensen’s Anakin? Awesome!

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      1. Agreed. If there’s a fan out there who has already predicted most of the plot for Episode IX, then so what? The obsession with ensuring an unpredictable plot tends to lead to bad screenwriting, when something simple, as proven in the epics of Greek mythology, can be so much more satisfying. Titanic and Revenge of the Sith both had predicable endings, but it sure didn’t them from turning out superb!

        Anyways, did you notice Hayden wasn’t interviewed during Celebration? Something about that smells fishy, as if they didn’t want any “are you in it?” thrown his way.

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      2. Exactly! We all knew how ‘Rogue One’ was going to end but it still ended up being a fantastic, utterly satisfying film that told a lovely story about a group of characters I’m glad are now part of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise.

        Yeah, they definitely wanted to avoid any questions for Hayden because he would’ve definitely been bombarded. Especially with Palpatine returning.

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  2. Yes, Rogue One is the only one of the new films I admire. If RotS was a Star Wars interpretation of the Shakespearean tragedy, then RO was a fascinating take on the war film genre.

    Bringing Palpatine back points a significant change of heart on Abram’s part, who you’ll recall did everything to distance himself from the PT during TFA promotion in 2015. This gives me hope that we’ll witness 3 generations of Skywalkers in ‘The Rise of Skywalker’. For me that title signifies sort kind of triumphal ascension for the family.

    Will we see prequel era lightsabre duels or politicking? Most likely not, as it doesn’t seem in the DNA of the ST, but it is certainly available to any future live-action show that would seek the relive the late Republic era.

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