SPOILER ALERT: This article will discuss some aspects of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. Hop in your X-Wing, grab BB-8, and flee if you still haven't seen the biggest movie of the year and still want surprises!
Through some creative voiceover work and editing, J.J. Abrams managed to get some pieces of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda into Rey's hallucination sequence. It was a clear and awesome connection to Rey's force lineage, and Abrams even brought in Ewan McGregor to offer his vocal talents and some extra authenticity.
But, considering the Force ghosts we're most familiar with, there was one person missing from that scene: none other than Anakin Skywalker. Hayden Christensen's portrayal may not be the most beloved thing to come out of the Star Wars movies, but Anakin/Darth Vader's influence certainly can't be left out entirely.
Now, it seems that some early concept art from The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens did plan on bringing back Anakin's Force ghost in differing forms in Episode VII.
Here's how Anakin almost made his way into 'The Force Awakens'
Based on that quote and the image, it seems that Luke Skywalker was to commune with his late father, perhaps on the island where Rey finds him at the movie's finale.
Unlike our previous impression, this Force ghost would be between light and dark
With Hayden's Anakin Skywalker becoming superimposed into the last shot of Return of the Jedi (and Sebastian Shaw's Anakin there originally), it seemed like in death Darth Vader returned to the light side of the force. But this art plays with the idea of Vader's struggle, and he remains a conflicted figure who's caught between light and dark.
Here's the captioned text in case you have any trouble reading the images:
When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.’ That inspired me to propose, for the first time, that Anakin’s ghost could come back […] If we see Anakin Skywalker, because he does flow back and forth between Darth Vader and Anakin, let’s see him as a character with a dark and light side. The reason Luke is this whole new entity is because he was the first to acknowledge his own dark side — that it was not separate from him.
Though I don't think Anakin's inclusion was necessary in Episode VII, I'm definitely fascinated by this idea of Vader's ongoing inner conflict even after he dies. Especially as we watch Kylo Ren push himself further toward the dark side, this breaking down the black and white side of the Force into grey areas could definitely get interesting.
(Source: Making Star Wars)