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Disney+ Ahsoka: Anakin’s Return Can Explain A Rise Of Skywalker Theory

By Ishita Chatterjee
October 28,2021

Anakin Skywalker is all set to appear in the Disney+ Star Wars show Ahsoka. And his appearance could confirm a long-running theory about Ahsoka from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Ahsoka is not the first show that Hayden Christensen will appear in as Anakin/Vader. He will be popping in first in the Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi show. There he will be fighting against the titular Jedi Master and setting new Star Wars records.

While we do have a fair bit of information about the Obi-Wan Kenobi show, but unfortunately, there’s not much about the Ahsoka show that we know of.

However, Ahsoka’s debut in season 2 of The Mandalorian could give us clues about what to expect from the upcoming show.

How Will Anakin Fit In The Ahsoka TV Show?

Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano

Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano

Rosario Dawson portrays Ahsoka, and the Togruta warrior is supposed to be looking for Grand Admiral Thrawn. Right now, we don’t know why she is going after him.

But it looks like Thrawn wants to make a name for himself in the power vacuum that has been left after the fall of the Galactic Empire. But Ahsoka intends to stop this.

Also, she may be searching for Ezra Bridger. It remains to be seen how Anakin will fit in all of this. But he could easily get featured in the form of flashbacks.

This makes sense since almost all articles have said that he will be returning as Anakin and not Vader. Although, he might show up as Vader as well.

Now, many fans have said that him appearing only in flashbacks will be a waste. After all, if he ends up as a Force Ghost, Ashoka will get to know about his redemption in Return of the Jedi.

Ahsoka Will Get To Know About Anakin’s Redemption

Ahsoka Tano vs. Darth Vader in Rebels

Ahsoka Tano vs. Darth Vader in Rebels

Star Wars Rebels animated series viewers will know that Ahsoka didn’t know about her master’s turn to the darkness till their fight in the Sith Temple at the end of season 2. Also, this was their last known encounter or interaction.

In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, we saw all prominent Jedis from the Skywalker Saga come together to motivate Rey during her Exegol fight with Palpatine.

Among these Jedis were Ahsoka and Anakin as well. And the leading theories right now are that Ahsoka got to know about her mentor’s return to the light.

Anakin Skywalker as a Force Ghost

Anakin Skywalker as a Force Ghost

As such, the Ahsoka show can show viewers how this happened, and one of the few ways it can be shown is if Anakin shows up as a Force Ghost. However, another popular theory is that Ahsoka might meet Skyguy through the World Between Worlds.

But, this doesn’t mean that the show can’t flashback to their time during the Clone Wars. Using flashbacks is necessary, too, since they can help fill the narrative gaps. As such, Ahsoka’s story will be stronger moving forward.

However, the most exciting approach will certainly be seeing her talking to Force Ghost Anakin. After all, keeping in mind their fallout, it will be satisfying to see them fix their relationship again.

Also, it needs to be said that it’s not possible that Ahsoka could’ve interacted with redeemed Anakin due to the progression of events. This is because he died soon after he turned against Palpatine.

As such, the Ahsoka show has an excellent opportunity to bring him in. It shouldn’t be hard for them to use Hayden Christensen as Force Ghost Anakin.

The re-mastered Return of the Jedi featured him instead of Sebastian Shaw as Anakin’s Force Ghost. Irrespective of the method they use to bring him back, the fact that he will even be coming back in the show means that Lucasfilm is well aware of just how important for Ahsoka’s arc, Anakin is.

And as such, they may utilize Anakin properly, not just to tell Ahsoka’s story but also to maybe expand on his.

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