Recently, Christensen’s reprisal of the Anakin Skywalker role for 2022’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series spawned dozens of videos about his powerful reunion with Ewan McGregor, who plays Kenobi in the prequels. “It was moving. It was emotional to work with him again,” McGregor said in the Disney+ making-the-series documentary Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return.

His return also sparked up the conversation about the importance of the duo’s relationship, perhaps to offset the lack of such a focus in the prequels. “There’s just such a warmth and there is such a relationship between the two of them that it really feels like the characters in a lot of ways,” Kenobi director Deborah Chow said in the documentary. “Especially when we’re doing flashbacks to the prequels.” Thanks to Christensen’s return to the franchise, the fancams of Obi-Wan and Anakin went wild on TikTok, from somber edits of Hayden in the Darth Vader suit to requests for amateur lightsaber duelists to teach fans how to do the “Obi-Ani” spin.


But the Kenobi series only had one flashback scene, broken up and spread out across more than one episode. It’s not enough to satiate the appetite Star Wars fans have for more Anakin content. Ahsoka can and should give us more.

Anakin and Ahsoka

Ahsoka Tano walking away from Anakin Skywalker in The Clone Wars animated series
Image: Disney / Lucasfilm

If Anakin Skywalker represents the perils of putting a child squarely in the middle of a cult that’s struggling to find its footing in a tenuous political environment, then Ahsoka Tano represents the power of giving that child an honest, clear view of the inner workings of said cult. Without Anakin, Ahsoka Tano would not be the character she is heading into the Ahsoka series: She’s willingly left the Jedi order after becoming disillusioned by it (in part because of how it treats Anakin) and is laser-focused on snuffing out any remnants of the Empire.

The relationship between her and Anakin in The Clone Wars is another way in which the animated series gives his character more depth and pathos than the prequels could. A show made for kids manages to take the slightly blurry version of Anakin first shown in Attack of the Clones and fiddle with the focus until his edges become sharp, more clearly defined. That’s the version of Anakin Skywalker we’re likely to see in the Ahsoka series. (Though The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Christensen would be in the series last year, Disney and Lucasfilm have been silent about it, which leads me to believe he’s getting a meatier role than in Kenobi.)


Disney and Lucasfilm seem dedicated to giving second chances to actors wronged by the prequels, as seen in Ahmed Best, who portrayed Jar-Jar Binks in Phantom Menace getting the Jedi treatment in the latest season of The Mandalorian. It’s time for Hayden Christensen to get a healthy chunk of screen time as Anakin Skywalker again, and Ahsoka provides the perfect place to do it. Let us see the true potential of a man destined for greatness, but destroyed by a misguided adherence to the status quo and his love for a man who upholds it. Show us flashbacks of Anakin and Ahsoka on missions together, verbally sparring about the ethics of their assignment, physically sparring in practice duels, and finding solace in each other when they feel especially alone (the two are often singled out by the Order for their rebellious behavior and curious, questioning nature).

Let me hear Hayden Christensen call Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka “Snips,” and let her fire back a “Skyguy” with a wry smile. Give us the triumphs of a commanding leader and the adoration of a doting husband. Let us see the pain play across Anakin’s face as he realizes that the Jedi Order is determined to box him in while casting out his Padawan. Christensen, and the character, deserve at least that.