The recent Star Wars Rebels episode Twin Suns managed to really muddy the waters over the issue of The Chosen One. Read on to get my take on it in this edition of Star Wars Insights. Some spoilers follow…
The prophesy of The Chosen One - At some point in the past, a Force sensitive individual, saw into the future, a future that was in motion, and witnessed a being, born of the Force, bring balance. If that Force sensitive person was a Jedi, they interpreted balance as the destruction of the Sith. A victory for the Jedi. If that person was a Sith, they would have seen the destruction of the Jedi. The revenge of the Sith Lords.
Maybe both took place.
In Twin Suns Obi-Wan Kenobi tells a dying Maul, that he is protecting the Chosen One. To be clear, he means Luke Skywalker.
Now, this has caused a great deal of confusion with a number of fans taking this at face value and assuming this means that the prophesy referred to Luke all along. I don’t believe this to be the case. Lets lay that out before we go any further.
Anakin was the Chosen One all along. Obi-Wan just didn’t foresee Anakin’s return from the Darkside. He assumed Anakin was lost, that Darth Vader had essentially consumed him and that the prophesy must, therefore, have been wrong. That Luke was in fact the Chosen One it spoke of. We can assume that Obi-Wan was then motivated by this belief and that is why he watched over Luke, lead him off world and trained him in the ways of the Force.
The Jedi interpret the prophesy as saying,
“The coming of a being who would destroy the Sith and bring balance to the Force.”
There are two questions. What is balance and did the Jedi misread the prophesy?
Many people have speculated that balance could mean equal parts dark and light, equal numbers of Jedi and Sith. But what if the Force is out of balance because there is too much doctrine surrounding the use of the Force. Too many agendas, too much dogma. Perhaps the Force is meant to be more “free range” with no organised factions using it for their own ends. We may have seen a character who represents this concept in the form of the Bendu. Someone who exists within the Force like a stone in a river. The Force flows through and around him, without him ever adopting the light or darkside positions. In the movies we see the Church Of The Force, who observe the Force, but do not, or cannot influence it.
When you consider a character like the Bendu, a character who exists between the light and the dark, and then you consider the Jedi, a ten thousand strong organisation opposed to the darkside, you could interpret the Jedi as causing unbalance. The same could be said of the Sith.
So did the Jedi misread the prophesy?
The Jedi read the prophesy as one who would destroy the Sith and restore balance. They assumed they were not a part of any unbalance. They were arrogant to assume that they had anything but a positive effect on the Force by using the lightside. When Yoda comments that the prophesy may have been misread, I think he was right.
The Chosen One
Anakin is the Chosen One. It was his destiny to restore balance. Both the Jedi and the Sith underestimated what that meant for them. We learn in Twin Suns that the Sith are aware of the prophesy, but we do not know what their reading of it was. Although Maul’s comment, “he will avenge us…” seems to suggest he believes the Chosen One will deliver a victory for the Sith.
When you consider what Anakin did, whether he was influenced by others, by fear or jealousy, or by divine intervention, it could be considered restoring balance.
Anakin destroyed both the Jedi and the Sith. restoring the Force to it’s natural state. A state where it is free to flow through and around all living things without being manipulated by any Force sensitive individuals with an agenda. Characters like the Bendu, members of the Church of the Force and Maz Kanata. Individuals aware of the Force, but unwilling to use it for their means.
I believe balance means removing both the Jedi and the Sith, which Anakin did when he destroyed the Jedi and the killed both himself and Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine. He left Luke, alone. Who was told by Yoda he was not a Jedi until he confronted Vader. Not yet a Jedi. Luke chose not to join the Sith but he also abandoned the teachings of his Jedi masters, Yoda and Obi-Wan. Choosing instead, love and compassion for his father. Luke was in the centre.
When Luke was left alone in Star Wars Episode VI The Return Of The Jedi, Balance had been returned to the Force. There were no Jedi, no Sith. There were the ones in the middle. The Bendu. Those who would allow the Force to pass through and around them, without applying it to their own agenda.
The Force was at rest.
Thank you for reading,