As many Star Wars fans are well aware, Star Wars: Rebels just gave us the final showdown between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul. In an episode titled "Twin Suns," Maul confronts Obi-Wan on Tatooine where he plans to finish off the Jedi Master once and for all. Unfortunately for him, quite the opposite happens — Obi-Wan quickly defeats Maul, leaving him wounded beyond recovery. In his last moments, Maul calmly asks, "Tell me, is it the chosen one?" in reference to who Obi-Wan is protecting on Tatooine. Obi-Wan responds simply with, "He is."
For years, #StarWars fans have known that Anakin Skywalker (a.k.a Darth Vader) was the Chosen One spoken about in the prequel trilogy. According to the prophecy, the Chosen One would bring balance to the force, and this is exactly what viewers believed Vader did by killing the Emperor in Return of the Jedi.
Now that Disney is in control of the direction of Star Wars, it has completely changed the way viewers see our favorite characters. For example, watching the original trilogy is now different, knowing what happens to Luke, Leia, and Han in The Force Awakens. It sheds a new light on the original trilogy, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. So far however, they have stayed away from making saga-impacting changes.
Nothing #Disney has done up until this point has changed the fundamental principles of the Star Wars saga. But wait a second, isn't the idea that Anakin Skywalker is the Chosen One one of the biggest issues when it comes to the Star Wars saga? If this is the case, why would they use #StarWarsRebels to change this? Why not use The Last Jedi, or Episode IX? The simple answer is probably the correct one: Anakin Skywalker is still the Chosen One.
Let's look back at Obi-Wan's response to Darth Maul. When asked if the one he was guarding is the Chosen One, Obi-Wan responded with, "He is." There are two things to note here. One, is that Maul believes in the prophecy. Up until this point, we as viewers were unsure if the Sith even believed in the Jedi's prophecy of a Chosen One. Maul however, makes clear in this scene that the Sith do, in fact, believe in a Chosen One.
The second thing to look at here is the knowledge that Obi-Wan has at this point in time. All that he knows for sure is that Anakin Skywalker turned to the dark side and wiped out the Jedi Order. Because of this, he has been dissuaded from his belief that Anakin (now Vader) is the Chosen One. Let's look back at what he said to Anakin in Revenge of the Sith:
"You were the Chosen One! It was said that you would destroy The Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness!"
Since that fateful moment on Mustafar, Obi-Wan no longer believes that Anakin Skywalker is the Chosen One. However, he has not given up hope. It seems that now, Obi-Wan has interpreted the prophecy to mean that Luke is the Chosen One who will bring balance to the Force (though this doesn't mean he is correct). Little does he know that Vader will one day sacrifice himself to save his son, and in doing so, kill the Emperor. Obi-Wan doesn't have this information, and so he can't tell Maul what he doesn't know. All this brief conversation shows is that Obi-Wan believes that Luke is the Chosen One. It doesn't mean he is correct, however.
Check out the video below to seehow the final battle between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul compares to Qui-Gon's death in The Phantom Menace:
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What do you think? Is Anakin Skywalker still the Chosen One?