Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith's Original Ending Was Much, Much Better

Instead of a total drip

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It probably won't surprise you to know that Star Wars creator George Lucas made up the prequels as he went along.

Don't believe us? Just ask concept artist Iain McCaig, who revealed that Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith could have had a much more satisfying final act.

Speaking at an Academy of Art University event in late 2016, he revealed that the original plan was for Natalie Portman's Padmé Amidala to realise that her husband Anakin Skywalker had fallen to the dark side and take the first steps towards founding the Rebel Alliance.

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When she arrived on Mustafar (the lava-filled location of Anakin's battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi), instead of just snivelling and being choked, she attempted to kill him with a knife (as seen in the concept art above).

With her weapon pressed to his neck, she realised that she didn't have the heart to kill the man she had loved.

McCaig said that the rest of the film from that point followed a similar trajectory, so presumably Padmé was still meant to 'die from a broken heart', but never mind.

He also gave a fascinating account about how the storyboarders had to guess what would happen in the movie based on what they knew happened in the original trilogy. And after they had the script, major plot points continued to change.

McCaig was a concept artist on all of the Star Wars prequels, as well as The Force Awakens, The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.

From: Digital Spy