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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

    18 vote(s)
    29.0%
  2. Charged and convicted of multiple crimes, but eventually released and goes into exile

    9 vote(s)
    14.5%
  3. Charged and convicted of multiple crimes, but eventually released and helps Luke rebuild Jedi Order

    4 vote(s)
    6.5%
  4. Get's pardoned for destroying the Emperor, goes into exile

    9 vote(s)
    14.5%
  5. Get's pardoned for destroying the Emperor, helps Luke rebuild Jedi Order

    8 vote(s)
    12.9%
  6. Other

    14 vote(s)
    22.6%
  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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    Vader would need a hyperbaric chamber to survive, as far as his suit I don't think that rebels have that tech to give him new one.
     
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    I think he might have got a tv documentary show deal from the galaxy's equivient of HBO or Netflix.

    "A day in the life of Darth Vader". Something along the line like that.

    In it, he would come across as a sad, lonely unmotivated person wearing a New Republic Galactic parole board ankle tag and having deep regret and guilt issues.

    He would be shunned by general society for his many crimes. Except by his only son, who would visit him in the evenings and weekends to check up on him, and make sure he's taking the anti-depressant meds. We learn that he keeps a holo of his wife and daughter in his wallet and he looks at them everyday. We also see him buying his weekly groceries from the local supermarket, and see him quickly pushing his favourite trolley/cart along the aisles, imagining his youth as a pod racer, or recreating the Death Star trench run scene between the walls of cereals and canned goods.

    For fun, he occasionally likes to chase off the weirdo groups of neo-Empire Vader fan worshippers that occasionally camp on his immaculately trimmed front lawn, which amuses him, but makes the neighbours a bit scared.

    I dunno. He died anyway. Plus he's fictional....
     
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    I could see him becoming the new owner of Dex's Diner, chatting with the patrons about his glory days as a Sith Lord, posing for selfies with the patrons, etc. He'd change the name of the diner to "Annie's." Some folks would still hold a grudge against him, but most would just see him as a cool guy with lots of interesting stories and some great food.
     
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    I highly doubt anyone would have trusted him, let alone forgive him with the exception of Luke and MAYBE Leia (pretty hard to forgive what he did considering Alderaan no longer exists & not to mention countless deaths.)

    So I think that if he actually did survive (in the physical form of course) then a possibility is that he would have gone into the outer regions of space to seek out the dark side Palpatine was planning to search for and destroy it. He would have to hide from everyone because it's pretty damned near impossible not be hunted down at that point if people knew he was still alive. I think he would have led this journey alone and would tell Luke that everyone must think he's dead. He would have Luke reconstruct the Jedi order himself and take care of Leia.
     
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    I think Anakin would have been exonerated like Revan who had been a Dark Lord of the Sith and done great harm to the Republic, but then became Saviour and Jedi Prodigal. Anakin destroying the Emperor, the leader of the Galaric Empire, would have gained him accolades and renown with the Rebels and New Republic to be.,
     
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    Kylo would be bugging him to death.

    Kylo -"Soooo...we gonna finish what you started today, or what?"

    Anakin"I'm in a wheelchair, you brat,"

    Kylo"Traitor!"
     
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    It would be The Last Jedi, only with two disillusioned Jedi on Achch-To.

    Anakin: Luke.. remeber I fell to Dark Side and here I am. Ben can still be saved.. “there is good in him.”

    Luke: “Noooooooo! The Jedi need to end.”

    Anakin: Son.. it is your destiny to help him and train Rey.

    Luke: You do it! “I will never train another generation of Jedi!”

    Anakin: You really need to stop drinking that green juice..

    :D
     
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    I don't agree, the destruction of Alderaan is due to Tarkin and the military force of the Empire.
    Darth Vader actually did not press the button.


    The question is : who in the Galaxy knows Anakin Skywalker is/was Darth Vader ?
    Because (according to Legend Books - especially the ROTS novelization) Anakin Skywalker, the Jedi, was a hero in the whole galaxy, and so was Obi Wan.
    He could have become much more if he had killed the Emperor, and Luke would have inherited the glory for having detroyed Darth Vader.
     
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