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THE RISE, FALL AND REDEMPTION OF ANAKIN SKYWALKER
Transcript of THE RISE, FALL AND REDEMPTION OF ANAKIN SKYWALKER
Slave. Hero. Villain. Savior.
The character was created by George Lucas and has been portrayed by numerous actors. His appearances span all six Star Wars films, and he is an important character in the expanded universe of television series, video games, novels, literature and comic books.
The Clone Wars
"You were the Chosen One! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness!"
―Obi-Wan Kenobi, to the fallen Anakin Skywalker
Dark Lord of the Sith
Master of the Dark Side
A Child of Prophecy
The Chosen One
Born as a slave in 41,9 BBY, on the desert planet of Tatooine. Anakin was conceived by midi-chlorians.
In 32 BBY, Qui-Gon becomes convinced the boy is the "Chosen One" of Jedi prophecy who will bring balance to the Force.
Qui-Gon takes Anakin to the Jedi Council, but they forbid training on the grounds that the boy's future is clouded by the fear he exhibits.
Ten years later Anakin has a vision of his mother in pain and goes to Tatooine.
He goes to the Tusken camp, where he discovers that his mother has been tortured; she dies in his arms. Overcome with rage, Anakin slaughters the entire Tusken tribe.
Three years later Anakin Skywalker is a Jedi Knight and hero of the Clone Wars.
Palpatine eventually reveals to Anakin that he is Sith Lord Darth Sidious, the mastermind of the war, and that the dark side holds the power to save Padmé's life.
Desperate to save his wife, Anakin pledges himself to the dark side and becomes Palpatine's Sith apprentice Darth Vader.
On Palpatine's order, Vader leads a squadron of clone troopers to kill everyone in the Jedi Temple, and then assassinates the Separatist leaders on Mustafar. There, Vader meets with Padmé, who begs him to flee with her. He refuses, saying that the two of them can overthrow Palpatine and rule the galaxy.
When Obi-Wan emerges from Padmé's ship, Vader accuses her of conspiring against him and uses the Force to choke her into unconsciousness. Vader then engages Obi-Wan in a lightsaber duel which ends when Obi-Wan severs Vader's legs and remaining organic arm mid-air. Vader then slides too close to a lava flow and sustains life-threatening third-degree burns.
However, Palpatine finds Vader and has his ruined body reconstructed with the cybernetic limbs and the black armor seen in the original trilogy. When Vader regains consciousness, Palpatine tells him Padmé died as a result of his anger. The news of her death breaks what remains of Anakin's spirit, and Vader screams in torment.
Luke surrenders himself to Vader in the hope that he can turn his father back "to the light side". Vader brings Luke onto the Death Star, where the Emperor tries to seduce Luke to the dark side. A lightsaber duel erupts between father and son, during which Vader learns Leia Organa is Luke's twin sister and threatens to turn her to the dark side if Luke will not submit. Enraged, Luke attacks and overpowers Vader, severing his mechanical right hand. Realizing he is close to suffering his father's fate, Luke refuses the Emperor's command to kill Vader and take his place.
Darth Vader is depicted as a ruthless cyborg who serves the Galactic Empire.
Vader have a fight with Obi-Wan in a lightsaber duel and kills his former master.
Vader engages Luke in a lightsaber duel, which ends when Vader cuts off Luke's right hand and reveals that he is Luke's father; he then entreats Luke to turn to the dark side so they can "rule the galaxy as father and son". Horrified, Luke throws himself into Cloud City's reactor core and ultimately escapes aboard the Millennium Falcon. On board his Star Destroyer, Vader telepathically tells Luke that it is his destiny to join the dark side.
Enraged, the Emperor unleashes a torrent of Force lightning upon Luke. The sight of Luke's agony breaks the dark side's hold on Vader, and Anakin Skywalker kills the Emperor by throwing his former master down the Death Star's reactor shaft. In the process, however, Anakin is mortally wounded by the Emperor's lightning. Redeemed, Anakin asks Luke to remove his helmet so he could look at Luke with his own eyes. With his dying breath, he tells his son that there was good left in him after all. Luke escapes the Death Star with his father's remains, which he later ceremonially burns in a funeral pyre.
Anakin gives her a hand-carved charm on a leather necklace. She witnesses Anakin win his first pod race at the Boonta Eve Classic, where he secures his freedom.
On Naboo, she and Anakin struggle to maintain a platonic relationship despite their obvious mutual attraction.
When Anakin has a vision of his mother in danger, Padmé accompanies him to Tatooine in a failed attempt to rescue her from a band of Tusken Raiders. Anakin returns with his mother's body and tearfully confesses to Padmé that he slaughtered the entire tribe. Padmé is troubled by what Anakin has done, but nevertheless comforts him. They declare their love to each other. Afterwards, Padmé and Anakin are married in a secret ceremony on Naboo witnessed by the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO.
After Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker returns from a battle, she informs him that she is pregnant. Meanwhile, Padmé detects changes in Anakin after his dreams about her dying in childbirth. Although she is dismissive of her husband's visions, Anakin's fear of being without Padmé leads to his conversion to the dark side of the Force when Palpatine promises Anakin the power to prevent his wife's death.