"My idea was to call him 'Anakin' because he would embody both the light and dark aspects of the Skywalker lineage and suffer great inner conflict in his life," writes Veitch. "As it turned out, this was how [Lawrence] Kasdan and [J.J.] Abrams came to visualize Han and Leia’s son Ben aka Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens. In their story, the Dark Side takes over the personality of Ben Solo." Veitch continues, "My idea was to explore the Light Side of the Force as far as we could go. And if you know your Joseph Campbell, awakening the Light is what he is all about. The 'Dark Side' is secondary to him. The hero’s journey is into the Light." Veitch seems to have a certain amount of regret over how Anakin's arc was handled in later EU projects, as the character never truly grappled with his inner darkness in the way his brother Jacen would in the Legacy of the Force series. By that point Anakin had already been killed off, with the character repaying a debt to his dead uncle Chewbacca and making a heroic sacrifice in the climax of 2001's The New Jedi Order: Star by Star. "My plan was that the Light Side would win out in Anakin after inner battles between the two sides of his being," writes Veitch. "As I understand it, subsequent writers chose to make the Light Side consistently strong in Anakin, and that he died a hero. I have no problem with that, but a lot of stories about Anakin’s inner conflict didn’t get told!" -- Tom Veitch Even though I like Anakin Solo in NJO, the series never really dealt much with his inner darkness, which is a shame. Instead his entire conflict was survivors guilt, which he did eventually get over only to be subsequently killed off halfway through the series. Having Anakin be a conventional hero did work well for the NJO series and Anakin was a good character, but Veitch's plan for Anakin would have been so much better in my opinion. I know some people would argue that he got over his fear of the dark side in Junior Jedi Knights Anakin's Quest but I don't really think a character's inner conflict could be solved just by taking a visit to the Dagobah cave, as we've seen with Luke. Plus that was just Anakin realising that his name didn't mean that he would fall to the dark side, and Veitch's plan was to do with the internal conflict which could still arise in future as Anakin was only 11 or 12 in the JJK series. People do change with puberty after all. In a scenario where Anakin Solo survived the NJO series, should Veitch have been in charge of planning his character arc for that series and beyond? I think there could have been some really interesting possibilities had the writers taken this direction with Anakin Solo.