So, an interesting train of thought crossed my mind, and I'm very curious to hear how others think about this I know the question of "What would have happened if Anakin didn't die?" has been around for a while, but I'd like to get a bit more specific here. If he had survived, the galaxy at large would likely have wanted nothing more than for him to have a public execution; considering the years of atrocities he committed as pretty much the face of the Empire, I don't think most would've been content with giving him a life prison sentence, or accepting self-exile. I think pretty much the only one who'd have forgiven him is Luke, and he'd be hard pressed to convince the entire galaxy "Yeah, my dad's chill now, don't worry!" Another thought then came to mind - Anakin is someone whose entire life was essentially defined by his inability to accept the death of his loved ones. He blamed himself for his mother's death, which probably haunted him forever. The entire reason he fell to the dark side was his inability to cope with so much as the fear of his wife dying, and ultimately, it was his love for his son that wouldn't allow him to sit by and watch him die - at the cost of his own life The first death Anakin was really able to accept was his own. "Nothing can stop that now." So I wonder, let's put a twist on the "what if he survived" question and ponder - would he have voluntarily turned himself over to the New Republic, even if it almost certainly meant he would be knowingly walking to his own execution? Perhaps after having done so many horrible things, and being willing to accept his death as an inevitability, he really would just go "I've done too much evil, and death is the only penance" Or maybe he would just be too afraid? Perhaps he would just exile himself to some distant planet, far away from civilization, and let the galaxy think that Darth Vader died on the Death Star (certain point of view blah blah) What does everyone think?