In the final scene of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, there is a shot of Anakin Skywalker joining Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda as Force ghosts, who are likely to return in the upcoming instalment.
However Anakin aka Darth Vader was a Dark Side user and its well known among fans that Sith cannot become Force ghosts.
According to Star Wars YouTuber, The Stupendous Wave: “In order to become a Force ghost one must have no fowl intentions and become truly a part of the Force rather than just using it, but still maintaining yourself simultaneously afterwards.”
He continued: “Those that use the Dark Side bend the Force to their will, rather than moving with it and proceeding as a unit, they use the Force to further their own goals and obtain their power rather than letting it proceed more naturally.
“Therefore those on the Dark Side cannot become truly one with the Force.
“Ironically, the thing that the Sith desire most [power and eternal life] is what the Light and Jedi can achieve.”
He added: “In order for a Sith to return, they must imbue an object or location with a part of their soul and power, in a way incurring it so they may return at a later date.”
As Lord Voldemorty as that sounds, this is not something Vader did to return as a Force ghost – so how did he become one?
The simplest explanation is that Anakin returned to the Light Side when he killed The Emperor and then died not as Darth Vader, but as the Jedi he once was.
This would also explain why, in the new edited versions of the original trilogy, it’s young Anakin who joins an older Obi-Wan and Yoda as a Force ghost.
The question is though, will Hayden Christensen return to guide Rey, his possible granddaughter, in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released on December 15, 2017.