This has been a debate among fans for some time, but George Lucas has answered the question in an interview he did some time ago with Hayden Christensen. I’ve never really thought about it, but I can now understand why some original trilogy fans were unhappy about the change to Anakin’s Force ghost. And I can understand why it looks like the original trilogy Anakin played by Sebastian Shaw was kind of “erased” from the trilogy because of George Lucas’ actions.
Personally, I prefer the younger Anakin Skywalker portrayed by Hayden Christensen. Even though I am primarily a fan of the OT, I consider myself open to new things and I’m not closed off as some fans are. In that respect, to me, the change that George Lucas made makes sense.
I made an edit of the scene in question from Return of the Jedi. I also have another question for my readers, and I’m keen to know what you think. If you notice in the clip below, Anakin is looking back and then turns to face Luke and Leia. Who do you think Anakin is looking at? I’ve read some theories, but I’d love to hear what you think about this scene?
Hit me up in the comments if you can and as always, stay safe, keep creating, and I’ll see you in the next one!