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Star Wars: 10 What If Scenarios That Would’ve Changed The Franchise Forever

The Galaxy far, far away has told us one of the most epic sagas in the history of the universe. Had things been even a little different, we might be hearing a way different story than the one we fell in love with. Presenting – Star Wars ‘What if’ Scenarios

What If: Anakin Skywalker Was Never Found?

Anakin Skywalker was only a kid when Qui-Gon Jinn found him. He was making a living on the harsh sands of Tatooine. He lived with his mother Shmi and was a slave owned by Watto. After Qui-Gon Jinn realizes the boy’s Midichlorian count is off the charts, he decides to train him in the ways of the Jedi. Had he not found Anakin Skywalker, the boy would most probably lived all his life on Tatooine making ends meet. His powers would have manifested anyways since he has an unusually high M-Count. This would have made him a target for other major players operating in the planet.

What If: Qui-Gon Jinn Survived Darth Maul?

Qui-Gon Jinn was Obi-Wan Kenobi’s master and one of the saving graces of the prequel trilogy. he meets his end when he fights Darth Maul in a lightsaber duel. Darth Maul kills him, and is then ultimately defeated by being sliced in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan takes up the task of training Anakin Skywalker. Although he bonds with the boy, Anakin still ended up turning to the Dark Side. Had Qui-Gon Jinn lived, he may have been able to bring the buy back or even stop him from ever becoming Darth Vader.

What If: Padme Lived?

Padme dies a slow and painful death in Revenge of the Sith. A medical droid explains that Padme lost the will to live after she was force-choked by Anakin Skywalker. For years, we have been forced to make do with such a flimsy explanation for her death. If Padme had survived, things could have been a bit different for Anakin and the rest of the Galaxy. She would have managed to convince Anakin to let go of his ties with Palpatine and save the Galaxy. Alternatively Anakin may just kill her so that his transition to Darth Vader is complete.

What If: Obi-Wan Kenobi Lost At Mustafar?

This was actually a scenario that was explored in a Revenge of the Sith video game. The battle between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi was crucial for the former’s turn to the Dark Side. Had Anakin never lost that match, the Empire would never have had the luxury of operating under the tutelage of Darth Vader. In  the video game, the alternate scenario explores what would happen if Anakin won instead of Obi-Wan. Anakin would have become the greatest champion of the galaxy. after defeating Obi-Wan, he proceeds to kill Emperor Palpatine. The Empire would have never been born if Obi-Wan did not have the high ground.

What If: Padme Never Married Anakin?

That is indeed the million dollar question – what if Padme and Anakin did not marry. The Jedi Code forbids its members from having romantic emotions and relationships. Anakin and Padme fight their urges for long but ultimately end up giving into them. They marry on Naboo, an act that is considered sheer heresy by the Jedi Order. Had Padme and Anakin never married, the latter would have remained a Jedi Knight. Emperor Palpatine could have never been able to use Padme as bait to push Anakin into the Dark Side. Without love, Anakin would have never become Darth Vader.

What If: Darth Vader Lived?

Vader betrays Emperor Palpatine, an act that leads him to pay the ultimate price. It was probably for the best that Darth Vader didn’t live after Endor. Despite fan cries, had he survived, things would have become very ugly for all sides. Darth Vader’s one act of redemption did not absolve him of the war crimes he had committed. he would have been tried for killing countless lives as an Imperial warlord. Had Luke or Leia kept him as a mentor within the Rebellion, the Rebellion would have been fractured on ideological differences. Kylo Ren admired Darth Vader so much it would have been unsafe for the two to interact. It was for the best that Darth Vader breathed his last that day.

What If: Anakin Came Instead Of Han Solo To Show Kylo Ren The Way?

This would have been a momentous milestone in the history of the Star Wars saga. it might have also redeemed the Sequel Trilogy somewhat. In The Rise Of Skywalker, Han Solo appears to show his son ben solo the way. Kylo Ren, who is now confused with his search for gaining the ultimate power, is finally convinced to let it go. Had Anakin Skywalker come, things would have most likely remained the same. The Force ghost of Anakin would have connected with Ben Solo on a deeper level, and perhaps even give him pointers on how to defeat Emperor Palpatine like he once did years ago.

What If: Rey Took Kylo Ren’s Hand in The Last Jedi

This is a very interesting scenario. Had Rey taken the hand of Kylo Ren to start a new Order free from the teachings of the Sith and the Jedi, the next movie would have likely been the Resistance trying their best to bring back both Rey and Kylo Ren to the light. Kylo Ren would have most likely destroyed the Resistance at the end of the movie since it was the only reason for Rey to turn back to the Light Side. The very few people that would have survived the massacre would have carried the torch for The Rise Of Skywalker. Kylo Ren and Rey’s relationship could have also been examined on a deeper level.

What If: Order 66 Was Unsuccessful?

The Sith orchestrated Order 66 was what led to the ultimate downfall of the Jedi Order, the Guardian of the Galactic Republic. Had Order 66 never happened, the balance of power would have kept shifting in a never-ending power struggle. The Sith plan for a galactic Empire would have unraveled after the Jedi Order survived. The Jedi Order would have bolstered the ranks of the Rebellion, forming a formidable alliance. The separatist worlds would have also likely joined in on the action. A second Galactic war would have devastated the galaxy and destroyed countless worlds.

What If: A Sith Came Instead Of Luke To Take Grogu?

The seeing stone sent a message through the Force, a message that was accessible to all Force sensitive individuals to hear. In the end of The Mandalorian Season 2, Luke Skywalker saves din Djarin and the rest of the good guys trapped in Moff Gideon’s ship’s bridge. Had it been a Sith that answered the call, Din Djarin, Bo-Katan, Fennec Shand, Cara Dune, and the rest would have met a grizzly death. The sith newcomer would have most likely joined forces with the Dark Troopers, cut through the bridge’s sealed doors and killed everyone inside. Grogu would be taken in to become a Sith apprentice. And Moff Gideon would have been most likely freed to continue his efforts.

Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.