The Star Wars franchise, at its heart, is an epic tale of good versus evil. The light side fights against the dark side. The Jedi fight against the Sith. The Rebels fight against the Galactic Empire. The Resistance fights against the First Order. You get the idea. On top of the good versus evil theme running through all of the Star Wars franchise, there is also the idea of the Chosen One, the one who will bring balance to the force, balance between the forces of dark and light. But, who is the Chosen One?
Is Rey the Chosen One?
Rey is the newest hero in the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy. WARNING SPOILERS, at the end of the new trilogy, she saves the galaxy by defeating the resurrected Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious. Yet, there is no mention in the sequel trilogy of her being the Chosen One. Perhaps a Chosen One identity was hinted at in The Force Awakens (Episode 7) when the mystery of her origin began, and there was hope for the development of Rey as a character. However, that notion was utterly destroyed when we learned in The Last Jedi (Episode 8) that she was nobody, that her parents were junk trading drunkards that sold her on the planet Jakku. But wait you say, in The Rise of Skywalker (Episode 9) it is revealed that she is actually Emperor Palpatine’s granddaughter (which is later retconned in the novel to be his daughter because her father was merely a clone of Emperor Palpatine that was not force sensitive – EEESH), and then maybe therefore, she is the Chosen One because the throne of the Galactic Empire was her birthright. A chosen one is the Chosen One because he or she is destined to destroy evil not be born to its birthright, and there are no prophecies in the sequel trilogy that hint that Rey is the Chosen One. Furthermore, no one ever calls her the Chosen One. If not Rey, then let’s go back in time to the previous trilogy, the original trilogy.
Is Luke Skywalker the Chosen One?
Luke Skywalker, the original hero to whom we were all introduced with the advent of Star Wars. Surely, he must be the Chosen One because he was the original hero. He confronted Darth Vader and the Emperor. He was the one who did the unthinkable and turned Darth Vader from the dark side and back into the light side of the force. He destroyed the first Death Star and was instrumental in overthrowing the Emperor and the Galactic Empire. While Luke was A New Hope, and his mentor and Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, called him the last hope, there is actually no mention in the original trilogy of Luke being the Chosen One. However, there is an argument to be made for Luke as the Chosen One. In the Star Wars Rebels episode Twin Suns (season 3, episode 20), Obi-Wan refers to Luke as the Chosen One after finally defeating Darth Maul. If you’re thinking to yourself, “Wait, Darth Maul died in The Phantom Menace (Episode 1),” then get yourself a Disney+ subscription and some popcorn and start watching the animated series. While Obi-Wan did refer to Luke as the Chosen One, I believe he did so because he believed Luke’s father, Anakin Skywalker, to be the Chosen One, and when Anakin became Darth Vader, Kenobi understood that the Chosen One prophecy must have referred to Anakin’s offspring. It appears that only Obi-Wan believed at any point in time that Luke is the Chosen One, and Master Yoda even rebuffs Obi-Wan’s belief. When Obi-Wan refers to Luke as the last hope, Yoda reminds him, “there is another,” referring to Luke’s sister Leia, also the offspring of Anakin.
Anakin Skywalker Must be the Chosen One…Right?
I am sure many are saying Anakin Skywalker is the Chosen One! We were told he is the Chosen One all throughout the prequel trilogy. The prophecy says, “A Chosen One shall come, born of no father, and through him will ultimate balance in the Force be restored.” Anakin did not have a biological father, and we were told he finally brought balance to the force when he turned away from the dark side, threw away the identify of Darth Vader, and sacrificed himself to destroy the Emperor. Even the Father of Mortis identified Anakin as the Chosen One (if you do not now about Mortis, please get that Disney+ subscription and watch The Clone Wars). The case seems settled, but then how is it that Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious returns in the sequel trilogy? The prophecy says the Chosen One will bring “ultimate balance” to the Force, but with all that happens in the sequel trilogy and the return of Palpatine/Sidious, then Anakin does not meet the requirements of the prophecy. Balance for perhaps one generation does not seem like ultimate balance. This causes quite the conundrum. If the Chosen One is not Rey, Luke, or Anakin. Then who…….
DAVE FILONI IS THE CHOSEN ONE
That’s right! Dave Filoni is the Chosen One. Now, I cannot confirm that Mr. Filoni was born of no father (I highly suspect it to be true given the evidence), but he has restored balance to the Force, and with what he has done and continues to do with Star Wars, there is hope that the balance can be an ultimate balance. When all hope appeared lost during and after the disaster that was the sequel trilogy, Mr. Filoni was and is pumping out some of the best Star Wars ever, including Rebels, The Clone Wars, and now The Mandalorian. Mr. Filoni was handpicked by George Lucas and trained by Mr. Lucas well before Disney’s acquisition of Star Wars. If George Lucas was the Jedi Grand Master, Mr. Filoni was his Padawan. Once Disney acquired Star Wars, Mr. Filoni graduated to the rank of Jedi Knight after completing the Rebels series. Now, with The Mandalorian, Mr. Filoni has taken on the mantle of a Jedi Master. Mr Filoni actually understands the essence of Star Wars. He has vast knowledge of the lore, and it is apparent he has a true love for the soul of Star Wars. The future hope of all things Star Wars rests on Mr. Filoni’s shoulders, the Chosen One’s shoulders, and I have hope again — A New New Hope.