Return of the Jedi: New Ending

image Here's something that's causing serious Star Wars fans to roll their eyes in disgust. The rumor going around is that in the upcoming DVD release of the Star Wars series, George Lucas has altered the ending of Return of the Jedi (Episode VI) so that Hayden Christensen has replaced Sebastian Shaw in the final scene that shows the ghosts of Darth Vader, Yoda, and Obi wan Kenobi standing together. As some have pointed out, this doesn't make sense because why would Darth Vader's ghost be young, while the ghosts of Yoda and Obi wan are both old? Nevertheless, there's photographic evidence to back up the rumor, as well as a film clip hosted over at If it's a hoax, someone has put a bit of effort into manufacturing these altered scenes.


Posted on Tue Aug 03, 2004


The whole point if the story is that Anakin is the chosen one, and that he will bring balance to the force. He only achieves this when he destroys the emperor. So, lucas is saying that the chosen one was actually 2 different people? That makes no sense. Lucas must have been high as a kite on something when he came up with the idea to put Hayden in RotJ.
Posted by SWfan  on  Wed Sep 09, 2009  at  01:00 PM
If you analyze the series, it becomes more and more apparent that Luke is actually the chosen one, and Anakin was actually the catalyst for conceiving him, not the chosen one himself, meaning that the prophecy was misinterpreted by the Jedi Order. Either way though, it's retarded for Lucas to try and make us believe Anakin and Vader are two different people, when it was clearly Anakin who died in Luke's arms, not Vader. When Anakin died he looked like Sebastian Shaw, so that is who Luke should see!
Posted by Timstuff  on  Wed Sep 09, 2009  at  06:41 PM
I agree it's possible Luke is the right chosen one, but I always enjoyed the idea that the Jedi's thought that Anakin bringing "balance" meant that he would eradicate the dark side people and leave only the light side people. Not sure how they figured that would be a balance smile. How he ends up eliminating basically all of both sides over the course of his life seems to fit the prophecy nicely.
Posted by SWfan  on  Thu Sep 10, 2009  at  01:40 AM
I have to say I liked the ending because my favorite of all of them is Episode 3. For the story of Leia talking about her mom, couldn't that be Organa's wife, her adopted mother she was talking about? We don't know when her adopted mother died so couldn't she be talking about her? There is no way she would know Padme so I guess its her adoptive mother she is talking about. I also think that Anakin was the chosen one and his son helped him achieve the prophesy that was made for him. These are just my thoughts.
Posted by Kris  in  California  on  Mon Nov 16, 2009  at  09:42 PM
Perhaps this is old hat by now.... but...

", I was never satisfied with the actor who played Anakin Skywalker at the end of Return. I mean, he was *way* too old!"

Well no offense , pal, but Old Vader didn't have the easiest of life's y'know. These things can age a body. And he's all scarred anyway, so wrinkles are inevitable.

It's not the years, it's the milage.

And please don't sell Sebastian Shaw's portrayl of Vader. He had, what, 3 or 4 lines at most, and it was a Death scene.
For what, twenty years, he was who Darth Vader was meant to be under all that armour
(I know it was Dave Prouse most of the time, I mean in the Star wars canon)

Vader was not a healthy human. It ages a body.

If anything, that makes MORE SENSE than having young Anakin at the end. A lot More sense, you see an idealised Anakin Skywalker as an adult.
Posted by WILL GILLIES  in  UK  on  Thu Nov 26, 2009  at  07:06 AM
it wouldve been so cool if they put them all as the young version rather than just anakin
Posted by Amber  in  florida  on  Wed Jun 30, 2010  at  10:00 AM
My opinion on the matter . . .

Anakin didn't 'die' when he became Vader. It's made very clear in the film that he was burried deep inside; so that idea doesn't make sense.

He also didn't look too old at all to me in the original ending. I agree with 'WILL GILLIES' on that. In fact, he didn't seem nearly as old and disfigured as he should, concidering what he's been through.

Furthermore, in the new ending I don't understand how luke skywalker had any idea who he was looking at. He wouldn't recognize young Anakin. I suppose he might just have assumed it was his father, but the look on his face should have been very differant if that were the case.

Having said all that, I've seen the Star Wars films several times and each time I realize something more in the plot that I didn't see before. I can understand the idea that maybe a young person now watching them all together might be confused as to who he was. They would have to either not be paying attention, or be painfully stupid, but it could happen.

I also respect the fact that this is lucas' film, and if this is what he wants he has every right to do it. We're just the humble audience to the greatness he's created.

RIP Anakin Skywalker
Posted by Evelyn Rose  on  Mon Jul 05, 2010  at  02:28 AM
Darth Vader should have never been changed. The reason he looks so old is due to the "dark-side's" influence over him. Also due to the fact he's kept alive through machines, think about how Stephen Hawking looks. I think its pretty obsurd, and lame they changed Darth Vader towards the end. Wouldn't Luke Skywalker be confused at the sight of him? One moment his father is an old, grizzled man, now he's some emo guy who looks younger than himself.
Posted by White and nerdy  on  Mon Jul 19, 2010  at  03:09 PM
the reason Anakin is young again in the new release DVD is because Anakin the Jedi truly died when he was beaten by Obi-Wan after their fight in episode 3 so now at the end of episode 6 we see the spirits of three Jedi (Anakin, Yoda and Obi-Wan) as opposed to the spirits of Darth Vader, Yoda and Obi-Wan, which was the case when sebastian shaw played the spirit.
Posted by will  in  unknown  on  Sat Jan 08, 2011  at  08:00 PM
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