The mystery of Anakin Skywalker’s birth has finally been solved, confirming who was really responsible for his mother’s pregnancy - changing the Star Wars mythology forever.
The revelation has arrived in the pages of the canon Darth Vader comic book, proving one long-held fan theory mostly true in its claims that Anakin Skywalker was designed, or engineered - not conceived naturally - but with one major difference. Since the Star Wars movies have moved into the future of the Skywalker legacy, and taken Luke back into the Force, it seems the perfect time to learn how that same Force brought Anakin into being.
Needless to say there are going to be some MAJOR SPOILERS for the true birth and purpose of Anakin Skywalker ahead. But for those happy to discover the new, canonical origins of ‘The Chosen One,’ keep reading.
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Anakin's Mother Claimed There Was No Father
We’ll cover this bit of the story first, since it’s a part of Anakin Skywalker’s origins that are often forgotten even by fans of the Star Wars movies. An absurd idea, all things considered, considering just how pivotal it should be to the understanding of Anakin - the presumed ‘hero’ of the first six movies. Fans can ask George Lucas why this detail didn’t become the driving mystery of the Star Wars prequels, but when Qui-Gon Jinn sensed the greatest “vergence of the Force” he had ever encountered in a little slave boy on a backwoods world, he asked the obvious question: who is this boy’s father?
Assuming such a connection to the Force could only be explained through genetics (Luke would later refer to the “mighty Skywalker blood” in Ben Solo, too), Qui-Gon inquired as to the identity of Anakin’s father. His mother, Shmi Skywalker did confirm that Anakin’s link to the Force came from his father, but not the way Qui-Gon expected. According to Shmi, “There was no father. I carried him, I gave birth, I raised him, I can't explain what happened.” Even in the world of Star Wars, a cosmic variation on a "virgin birth" is a major development, and Qui-Gon knew to bring the boy back to the cradle of the Jedi. The boy, he believed, whom the Jedi had been waiting for.
Qui-Gon Believed The Force Created Anakin
This step in the mystery of Anakin’s birth, or the identity of his ‘father’ is going to be controversial, even difficult for some Star Wars fans, since it relies upon the intervention of… the Midi-chlorians. In all honesty, these microscopic beings responsible for a creature’s sensitivity to the Force are only as much of a problem as they’re made. Whether the Force is an ‘energy field’ connecting all life forms, or the effect of microscopic beings connecting all life forms, the result is the same. And Qui-Gon judged that the only way Anakin Skywalker could possess his concentration of Midi-chlorians was if they created him themselves, inside Shmi Skywalker’s womb. Making Anakin the Chosen One, prophesied to one day emerge to bring balance to the Force.
That was Qui-Gon’s theory, at least, and it was left as the only explanation in the Star Wars movies (before, as we said above, the mystery was largely sidelined). Theories and potential explanations eventually arose in expanded universe novels, even linking Anakin’s conception to the Sith Lords, instead of the Midi-chlorians alone. Unfortunately, the truth of this mystery has been revealed in relatively straightforward terms. And we’re sad to say that Qui-Gon was as deceived as the rest of the Jedi Council. The Midi-chlorians may have been the tool used to create Anakin Skywalker, the greatest master of the Force that the galaxy had ever known.
…but it wasn’t the Midi-chlorians that came up with the idea. Anakin Skywalker was created by manipulating the Dark Side of the Force, as many fans have suspected, but the identity of his ‘father’ guarantees that fans will never see the Star Wars saga the same way again. One last time, prepare yourself for this major SPOILER.