Did the events on Mortis alter the parameters of balance in the Force?
Many Star Wars fans have been scratching their heads throughout 2020 whenever the topic of the Chosen One has been brought up. Before Disney bought Star Wars in 2012, everyone was convinced that Anakin Skywalker was the Chosen One as he destroyed the Sith by turning on his master and sacrificing himself, technically killing two birds with one stone and fulfilling it despite it not being what everyone expected it to be (in-universe of course).
Now fast-forward to 2019, and we learned Palpatine returned from the dead. This seemingly negates what Anakin did as it was up to Rey to destroy the Sith and restore balance to the Force. Yes he did break through to speak to her but does that make Rey the true Chosen One. In short, no. Anakin is the Chosen One; he just fufilled the prophecy much earlier than everyone knew.
During The Clone Wars, Anakin and his former master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Apprentice Ahsoka Tano were pulled into the mysterious interdimensional world known as Mortis. On Mortis, they encountered three godlike beings known as the Father, the Son and the Daughter.
Each of these entities embodied a different aspect of the Force. The Son was the Dark Side, the Daughter was the Light and the Father was the Balance. The Father was having difficulty controlling his children and wanted Anakin to replace him. The Son, however, had his own nefarious plans and wanted to kill his Father and leave Mortis for the greater galaxy.
The Jedi tried to deal with this problem but the Son was too powerful and he injured his father and accidentally killed his Sister. The Father did not die and concocted a plan to stop his Son. He stabbed himself in front of the Son with the Dagger of Mortis (which was used to kill the Daughter) and distracted his Son with his impending demise. The Son, despite being the embodiment of the dark side, realized what it would actually mean to lose his father and told him “don’t die”. Caught up in emotion, Anakin Skywalker was able to impale the Son with his lightsaber and kill him once and for all. Before he died, the Father prognosticated Anakin would do this again and then vanished into the Force.
Now 25 years later, the Fathers prophecy comes true, but on a much smaller scale. Since Mortis exists outside time, each of the actions that transpired had delayed effects and the repercussions were astronomical. The death of the Daughter made the dark side grow stronger and allowed Palpatine to take over and rule the galaxy for many years. The death of the Son, pushed the dark side into dormancy for many decades and also resulted in BOTH deaths of Palpatine. Finally, the Fathers death, balanced the Force entirely and allowed no more Sith and no more Jedi in the years after the Battle Of Endor.
Rey is the last force user left after 35 ABY and yes even though she is a Jedi; she is an outlier; far more powerful than any other sentient Force user. If Rey wants to keep the galaxy safe; she will NOT rebuild the Jedi and allow the balance to remain. Anakin did balance the Force. It just happened earlier and in a delayed way that nobody could have ever seen coming.
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