Originally Posted by Striker
Did Anakin bring balance to the force in episode 6 when he turned good again, or in episode 3 after the Jedi were killed and he turned to the dark side?
It was a combination of the two. I always got the impression that the light had gotten too heavy and what Anakin did by turning dark, exterminating the light and then eventually taking out the Emporer is what gave "balance" to the Force. Basically, the Jedi needed a reset. That's what Vader gave them. Luke was able to start fresh after everything that Vader did.