Star Wars: Rebels just said goodbye to one of the saga's most interesting characters, as Maul finally perished at the hands of Obi Wan Kenobi. This was a heart-wrenching scene, one that beautifully paralleled Qui-Gon Jinn's death, right down to Maul's last words. He asked Obi Wan if he was protecting the "Chosen One" on Tattooine, and Obi Wan replied that he was — putting another spin on the prophecy that has dictated the series of events in the prequel and original #StarWars movies.
In the prequel trilogy, Anakin Skywalker was thought to be the prophesied Chosen One, a person who was born with amazing Force powers, destined to bring balance to the Force.
Obi Wan later lost faith in this prophecy when Anakin fell to the dark side. But now, as Rebels reveals, it seems that Obi Wan believes in a Chosen One again.
Luke Is The Chosen One
Although it wasn't mentioned in the original trilogy, fans assumed that Darth Vader did fulfill the prophecy when he chose to kill the Emperor instead of his son, sacrificing himself to finally bring balance to the Force. However, others argue that Qui-Gon Jinn was wrong about Anakin, and that the real Chosen One is Luke Skywalker, as his actions really lead to the downfall of the Sith.
Now, we may finally have an answer to this question, as Obi Wan Kenobi told Maul that the person he was guarding on Tattooine was indeed the Chosen One — revealing that the Jedi Master thinks that the son of Skywalker is the person the prophecy was referring to.
This changes everything, proving that Qui-Gon Jinn was wrong and casting doubt on the veracity of the prophecy itself. The prequels can be taken as an exploration of what happens when people get so attached to a prophecy that this blinds them to what is really going on — had the Jedi Council not been so strict with Anakin, it's possible that he would never have turned to the dark side in the first place.
But even more importantly, the revelation that it is Luke, not Anakin, who is the Chosen One has huge implications for the current Star Wars trilogy — as the prophecy may not have been fulfilled yet.
The circular nature of Star Wars movies has been commented on a lot recently, as #TheForceAwakens pretty much erased all changes to the galaxy — like Luke's new Jedi Order — and reinstated the Empire 2.0 in the form of the First Order.
This might be aggravating at first, but now that we know that Luke Skywalker is the real Chosen One (according to Obi Wan), it makes sense that the Force is out of balance again. Clearly, merely defeating the Sith and the Empire wasn't enough. There are still remnants of this evil order determined to bring the galaxy under their control, and so the prophecy has yet to be fulfilled.
Setting Up The Last Jedi
This hint from Rebels is just another thread in a vast tapestry of clues that the Star Wars Story Group have been weaving for us — and it's hardly the first time the animated show has set up some big development for the movies to explore. It's highly likely that #StarWars8 will delve deep into the nature of the Force, connecting to hints from both Rebels and Rogue One.
Bringing up the Chosen One again, right before #TheLastJedi, is a smart move on the part of Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni — especially as fans are already theorizing that Rey may carry on this Chosen One legacy. There's even a rumor that the prophecy was always about Rey, not Anakin or Luke, as she is the reincarnation of the very first Jedi Knight. Of course, there's no proof yet to support this theory, although the Star Wars Episode VIII footage recently released to #Disney shareholders did reveal another vital clue connecting Rey to ancient Force lore.
However this all plays out, it's certainly interesting that Obi Wan now believes Luke to be the Chosen One. If nothing else, this proves that it doesn't matter that there are other Jedi kicking around — specifically, Kanan and Ezra — as it will take someone really special to actually change things. Rebels expands the Star Wars universe in the same way Rogue One did, showing the unsung heroes and in doing so revealing why the protagonists of so-called "Skywalker Saga" really are legendary heroes — the only ones who can finally bring balance and save the galaxy.
Who do you think is the Chosen One?
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