Late last week, the news broke that Hayden Christensen will be returning to the iconic role of Anakin Skywalker for the upcoming Ahsoka series. Given that the series is set after the events of Return of the Jedi, it seems likely that we may be seeing Anakin’s Force ghost talk with his former padawan.
Also last week, we got the first official canon appearance of Anakin’s Force ghost post-ROTJ, in the conclusion to the Star Wars Adventures: Ghosts of Vader’s Castle comic mini-series. He shows up, unbeknownst to the main characters of the story, to guide them to safety from inside the horrors of Darth Vader’s castle.
But one of the biggest moments of them all would be if and when Anakin’s Force ghost talked with his son, Luke Skywalker, in this period. Has it ever happened?
The answer is yes – we just don’t know when or any other details!
I can so confidently answer yes because, beyond it being just common sense, of a reference book called The Secrets of the Jedi, by Marc Sumerak. The premise behind the book is that Luke, during his exile on Ahch-To, compiled a journal of sorts about the history of the Jedi Order, its members, and its ways. The book is written from the perspective of Luke after he opens himself back up to the Force in The Last Jedi, but before he “shows up” on Crait to save the Resistance and subsequently becomes one with the Force. And in that book, Luke writes:
“After Obi-Wan Kenobi fell in battle against my father, I was afraid I’d never see him again. Little did I know he would return to watch over me as a Force spirit. At first, I only heard Obi-Wan’s voice in my head, but I later discovered that he could manifest as a fully visible apparition and even interact with the physical world. In time, I would discover that not all Jedi have the power to transcend death. It requires special training that Obi-Wan’s master, Qui-Gon Jinn, received from ancient Force Priestesses. That knowledge was then passed down to a select few, including Obi-Wan, Yoda, and my father. Their spirits guided me for many years but vanished when I shut myself off from the Force. It’s a relief to feel their presence again after all this time.”
So we can see there that it seems the Force spirits (the more precise term often used by Star Wars) of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Anakin Skywalker guided Luke during this vast period in-between the Battle of Endor and Luke’s exile on Ahch-to. It implies here, too, that it wasn’t just a one-time thing, but rather something that regularly happened for Luke, communing with the spirits of these great Jedi who came before him.
But you’ll note that this is also vague enough that it doesn’t constrain any future stories either. Because let’s be honest: we all know (even if it wasn’t “official”) that Luke and Anakin would have talked during this time! It’s just obvious and common sense. So we know it happened, but we don’t know when, or how often, or what about. I imagine that we’ll be getting more stories about that to come, and I wonder if one of them could even be coming next year in the novel telling of Luke and Lando’s search for Exegol – could it be that Anakin (who just so happened to know about Exegol and visit there while Darth Vader) gives Luke a tip? We’ll have to see, but I am quite confident we’ll see father and son interacting again. It’s only a matter of time.