Comeback Fandom of the Year

Hayden Christensen

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After years of criticism about his performance in the prequel trilogy, Hayden Christensen is finally receiving the praise and support he deserves. His portrayal of Anakin Skywalker in Obi-Wan Kenobi last year was only the beginning of his return to the Star Wars franchise. In Ahsoka, he appeared as Anakin in flashbacks, video recordings, and even as a Force ghost, showcasing a warmth that elevated the scenes he was a part of. His appearances helped to develop the emotional narrative as Ahsoka grew to overcome her guilt over Anakin’s fall to the Dark Side and subsequent death. Watching Christensen swing a lightsaber around again was a dream come true, but what delighted me even more was watching him suit up in his Clone Wars attire, acting alongside Ariana Greenblatt’s young Ahsoka. He has shown an inspiring commitment to carrying on Anakin’s story, but his work on Ahsoka took things to a new level, as he helped bring the animated Star Wars universe to life.
- Brianna Alers
FanSided Contributor

Best fan moment of the year

Ahsoka included one of Christensen’s greatest portrayals of Anakin to date. His shocking appearance to Ahsoka in the World Between Worlds led to an intense lightsaber battle and two incredible Clone Wars flashbacks, vindicating many fans' love of the animated universe by bringing those moments into live action. The depth in Christensen’s performance and his undeniable stunt-fighting capabilities make this the best Hayden Christensen moment of the year!

What we’ll remember about this fandom a decade from now

A decade from now, fans will remember Christensen’s triumphant return to the Star Wars universe as one of the fandom’s high points. We will also remember it as a turning point, where the celebration of his many contributions to Star Wars has begun to overcome the negativity around the prequel films.