New Star Wars novel confirms tragic detail about Anakin Skywalker
While much of author EK Johnston’s Amidala trilogy is written from Padmé Amidala’s perspective, other sections are told through the eyes of other characters. In this case, we return to the shoes of Anakin Skywalker during the brief interim between the start of the Clone Wars and his marriage to Padmé. As discussed on the official “Star Wars” website, while staying on Naboo in preparation for their wedding, Anakin takes the time to visit the memorial to Qui-Gon Jinn, the Jedi who first saved him. Meanwhile, Anakin looks back on his fight with the Tusken Raiders.
Part of the excerpt from Johnston’s book reveals, “He ignored his worldly concerns and reached out to the Force. He had heard Qui-Gon’s voice in the wilderness, begging him to listen to his best nature, not to give in to his hatred. He had not listened. At the time, he thought to himself that he was imagining it, but he knew he was lying. If Qui-Gon was there, of a Somehow, Anakin owed him an apology. And he would always appreciate Master’s advice. “
This moment returns to the scene immediately after Anakin’s attack on the Tuskens in “Attack of the Clones,” in which a meditating Yoda hears Qui-Gon’s voice calling Anakin’s name (via Youtube). In the film, it is ambiguous whether only Yoda hears this call or if Anakin also hears but chooses to ignore it. However, Johnston’s novel confirms that Qui-Gon’s mind was talking to Anakin, and that Yoda had simply logged on to this otherworldly show while Anakin dismissed him.