The Scene That Almost Was

SOME SERIOUS ROGUE ONE SPOILERS

While Rogue One only featured our favorite Sith Dad for a few minutes collectively, Darth Vader was originally supposed to kill off a major character at the very end of the movie. Director Krennic was supposed to have survived the blast from the Death Star at the end of the film.

He would then appear on the Death Star, and be killed by Vader.

In this version, Vader would have killed Krennic for letting the Rebels escape.

Writer Gary Whitta spoke to Entertainment Weekly, and said:

“He survived the blast and they pulled him up and brought him to the Star Destroyer to report to Vader. He’s all beat up, his cape’s all torn up and stuff, and he thinks he has survived. Vader kills him for his failure.”

This ending was phased out, however, because the idea that he ‘somehow survived’ is a bit silly, considering how devastating the blast was.

The original ending also had the two main characters, Jyn and Cassian, leave the planet before the Death Star attacked it, but then you’d have to explain their absence in the original trilogy.

Instead of that, we got something more awesome: him slashing his lightsaber through some rather unfortunate Rebel troopers.

The next Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, will continue the story of Rey, Finn and Poe, as they fight an ever-growing First Order, and Luke Skywalker’s role will finally be revealed in all this.

It comes out in December, and will probably be really really good. So stay tuned.