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If Anakin had survived ROTJ, what do you think his fate would have been?

Discussion in 'Original Trilogy' started by Lord Skywalker, Aug 13, 2017.

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What do you think would have happened to Anakin?

  1. Charged and convicted of multiple crimes, spend rest of his life in jail or executed

    16 vote(s)
    32.7%
  2. Charged and convicted of multiple crimes, but eventually released and goes into exile

    6 vote(s)
    12.2%
  3. Charged and convicted of multiple crimes, but eventually released and helps Luke rebuild Jedi Order

    4 vote(s)
    8.2%
  4. Get's pardoned for destroying the Emperor, goes into exile

    6 vote(s)
    12.2%
  5. Get's pardoned for destroying the Emperor, helps Luke rebuild Jedi Order

    6 vote(s)
    12.2%
  6. Other

    11 vote(s)
    22.4%
  1. Choose Light

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    It depends entirely on what genre it would happen in.

    Star Wars, the Skywalker saga, is a space fairy tale. Think of the fairy tales you know where someone is redeemed. Beauty and the Beast, for example. You go through all the typical drama, but the point is the ending. The bad guys get what's coming to them, and the redeemed person's moral transformation covers over his sins and/or his internal or physical sufferings are assumed to make atonement for his sins. Justice is very much an otherworldly ideal rather than a down-to-earth reality. After the happy ending, people aren't concerned about revenge (generally, fairy tales don't have sequels ;)) but accept that all is well. It's not intended to literally reflect the reality we see day to day. It's pretty much a Yub Nub party and happily ever after as long as the Great Evil which started the problem in the first place is vanquished. The unseen Force (or "God") is the sole judge of right and wrong, and when it decides something (like Anakin is redeemed), people don't argue. They accept that the Force knows best.

    However, there are lots of other Star Wars media--books, animated TV, comics, live TV (presumed), etc. The SW books since the Disney takeover have tended to skew heavily sci-fi, which has a totally different take on morality and crime/punishment. There you'd have the political system firmly in place, doing its judicial duty very much like our own political systems. (See Bloodline's Casterfo being hauled off to die, a betrayed victim of his own lawmaking.) So far the SW animation has tended to mix sci-fi and fairy tale/low fantasy (not always successfully), but you'll get things like Ahsoka's trial or the dilemma of dealing with the gray morality of a Saw Gerrera. I don't really know much about the comics or live TV (I refuse to watch the Ewoks movies or the Christmas special), so I'll leave that to others. But if Anakin had lived, his treatment would vary, depending on which world or genre he inhabited at the time.
     
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  2. kuatorises

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    My legs hurt from trying to keep up with all that dancing around the point you're doing.
     
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    I have always wondered about this so much that at one point they attempted to write my own fanfiction about it. I have to agree with you. I don't think there would be a single person in the Alliance that would forgive Vader. I was never a huge fan of his redemption. The only did what he did because Luke was his son.. His motives are selfish and in no way surpass what he did for decades with the Empire.
     
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    Well I am not sure but I would guess possibly he'd get to know his son Luke more and I would assume Luke would take his father to a hideout on the edge of space and keep him in exile to recuperate and find himself again.
     
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    He would probably go on some journey of self discovery and connect with Luke and Leia.
     
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    No, your legs hurt because of all the effort you put into avoiding the irony of your own post.
     
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    A war crimes tribunal, a heart rending speech from his son asking for mercy, emotional conflict for his daughter and then an execution. (emperor)
     
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    I think that he would be allowed to be free while he helps the rebels. Strictly as an intel asset, Vader's value is immeasurable. Vader knows a LOT about the empire. During is time helping the rebels, Luke would be required to be his handler and responsible for him. I think he would be exiled after the defeat of the empire, unless he had managed to win the hearts of enough people in leadership during his time helping them.
     
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    We've already seen in the EU that not many people knew Vader was the father of Luke and Leia. Had Vader survived, all they would have had to do to protect him would be to get him new armor that looked different but still kept him alive so that nobody knew he was actually Vader.
    Then I believe he would've gone with Luke to establish the New Jedi Order.
    On the other hand, Anakin could've turned himself in because of the guilt of all the atrocities that he had committed.
     
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    If it were real life, tried and executed.

    Since it's Star Wars, exile. Mostly self-imposed due to his guilt and the pain he has caused.

    Have you ever read Tales of the Jedi? This is what pretty much happens to Ulic Qel Droma.
     
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    I'd have to agree. One act does not outweigh all of the atrocities Anakin did. I would be shocked if he even made it to trial.
     
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    Wow, that's pretty cool. The number of people who have seen Vader without his mask had to be almost zero. A makeover for Vader would probably work well as a disguise. He would just be another helmeted stranger in a humongous galaxy. Change the look and the artificial voice and you're good, so to speak.
     
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