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A NOTE ABOUT SPOILERS

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith can be found here.

Revenge of the Sith takes place about three years after Attack of the Clones, and roughly 19 years before Star Wars (A New Hope).

Despite Anakin's turn to the dark side of the Force and the ambiguity over who (or what) created him that is contained within the movie, Anakin is still the Chosen One. "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!" said Obi-Wan to Anakin, near the end of the moive. Later on in the movie, Yoda and Obi-Wan seem despondent and of firm belief that they were incorrect. They will later be proven right during the events of Return Of The Jedi. The prophecy states that a chosen one will one day "bring balance to the Force". Anakin eventually does this by destroying not only the Emperor, his master, but by killing his evil side, Darth Vader: both of whom form the Sith. In doing so he fulfills the prophecy and does what no other Jedi was capable of. Had Anakin done the right thing and destroyed Darth Sidious in Revenge Of The Sith, when given the chance, he would have fulfilled the prophecy even sooner, having already killed Count Dooku earlier in the film. There is lots of speculation about the prophecy. Some say it was a lie created by a Sith Lord, others say "Anakin was created from the Force, but Darth Plagueis influenced it to do so." This remains unconfirmed and therefore ambiguous, however plausible. One further interpretation is that the Jedi misunderstood the meaning of "bringing balance" to the Force; that they wrongly assumed it meant the Force existing in peace and harmony, without conflict. This different interpretation suggests that Anakin actually brought true, literal balance by murdering the Jedi and bringing the number of both Sith and Jedi to two, Sidious and Vader, and Yoda and Obi-wan. But this angle is dismissed by George Lucas in a 2005 interview, where he says "Anakin is the chosen one. He does bring balance to the Force by destroying the Sith, meaning the Emperor and himself. And he does this because he is redeemed by his son." One could realistically argue that all of these theories have elements of truth, because based on the above theory, the prophecy would also have been fulfilled by destroying Luke, leaving only the Sith—something the Emperor tried to accomplish in Return of the Jedi.

General Grievous is the supreme commander of the Separatist forces and effectively Count Dooku's right hand after the death of Jango Fett. His appearance within the movies is quite sudden and his quick ascension within the Separatists' ranks relatively unexplained, but he has a much more elaborate background in the two Clone Wars animated series and Extended Universe (EU) of Star Wars. Grievous belongs to a species called the Kaleesh, and went by the name "Qymaen jai Sheelal". A fierce warrior, he was already present during the Battle of Geonosis, which started the Clone Wars, where he caused a massacre in the lower catacombs. Later he was mortally injured after his ship was sabotaged under secret orders from Dooku, who then gained Grievous's sympathy by saving Grievous's life through body prosthesis and enlisted him by appealing to Grievous's hatred toward Jedi Knights.

It is rumoured that the Kaleesh have a habit of creating a warrior mask from the face part of the skull from their defeated enemies; Grievous' cybernetic face plate is said to be one such mask. The Clone Wars episode "The Lair of General Grievous" shows images of Grievous as he looked before the cybernetic restructuring. Grievous became General in the Separatist army and Dooku's most trusted henchmen, after he managed to defeat two of Dooku's Sith minions while fighting them simultaneously. Though trained by Dooku in lightsaber fighting, he was neither a Jedi nor a Sith; as such, the Force was not strong with him. Some sources, however, mention that he was infused with blood from a Jedi, endowing him with a some amount of "Force powers". It is uncertain if this is true, since Grievous never displays any overt Force powers, such as the Force push, grab or lightning.

That said, with his quick fighting skills and use of multiple arms, he is more than a match for most Jedi Knights, whom he ruthlessly pursues and defeats, while collecting their lightsabers. Although a formidable opponent, Grievous is very uncomfortable with his new appearance. His persistent cough is the result of a duel with Mace Windu, who used telekinesis to slightly compact the plates covering Grievous' organ sac. Contrary to his usual menacing nature and display of skills, he is often infamously honourless and cowardly, always fleeing to safety when the situation turns dire. Outside of the movies and series, Grievous was intended by creator George Lucas as a foreshadow and parallel to Darth Vader who became evil and needed technology to keep his broken body alive.

In the animated series Clone Wars, after Grievous has captured the Supreme Chancellor, Mace Windu chases him to his ship. In a desperate attempt to stop the General, Mace uses the Force to crush Grievous' chest plate, thus causing Grievous' coughing in the movie. On review, however, this appears to be nothing more than a tie-in deliberately made by the television show, not actually conceived by it. It was already established in the editing of the film, before the second series of Clone Wars cartoons had even been produced, that Grievous would cough—a decision made by George Lucas to better characterise his alien cyborg creature, giving him a more vulnerable, rugged quality—an indication of the discomfort he feels within his droid shell and of the transformation he has been through.

In the opening battle, aboard the bridge of the General Grievous' starship, the General evades Obi Wan and Anakin by punching a hole through the ship's windows. The two Jedi are seen grabbing onto machinery within the ship to prevent them falling out, but this does not explain how they are still able to breathe once the emergency windows have sealed the ship. IMDb contributors have suggested four potential ways this could occur:

(1) As the rules of logic don't always apply within the Star Wars universe (there is no sound in space, for instance), the filmmakers may be using artistic licence to keep the Jedi alive.

(2) The space battle is actually taking place in Coruscant's atmosphere and not in deep space. This means there may still be some oxygen left in the ship.

(3) The window was only open for a short time before being sealed. If a system to seal the window exists, it is reasonable to assume there would also be a plan for piping in more air. Additionally, the ship in question was very large, and would not have been completely emptied of its air in such a short time. We can see earlier in the scene that the bridge is not sealed off from the rest of the ship, as battle droids have attempted to take Chancellor Palpatine out into the corridor just prior to the breaking of the window.

(4) Jedi reaction times allowed Anakin and Obi-Wan to sense what was about to happen and take a big breath. (Remember, in The Phantom Menance, where the Jedi took a deep breath when the poison gas was pumped into the room?) This breath then lasted them until the room was repressurised. Also, Jedi have the ability to sense danger, and they may have sensed that Grievous was going to make a move like this.

As no "official" answer to this question has been given, it is up to the viewer to pick their preferred explanation. In the DVD commentary, one of the special effects crew members mentions that this battle is taking place in Coruscant's stratosphere, rather than deep space, which explains why all craft leave smoke trails from their exhaust ports. However, the upper atmosphere would not contain any appreciable amount of oxygen, (even tall mountains such as Everest require climbers to bring their own oxygen supply to reach the summit, which would still be far lower in altitude than the battle we see taking place), so it is unlikely to be a workable "real world" explanation.

The Sith have always used red lightsabers in the Star Wars movies, but General Grievous is not a Sith, and the lightsabers used by Grievous were not of his making but were trophies taken from Jedi he had killed. It is explained by George Lucas that the colour of the lightsaber is not an automatic indication of which side of the Force you are on, it is determined by the colour of the Force Crystal used. At the end of the movie, Anakin still uses his blue Jedi lightsaber as he has only just turned to the dark side of the Force and become Darth Vader. After he loses the duel with Obi-Wan (who takes Anakin's blue lightsaber away with him), Darth Vader later makes a replacement lightsaber that has a red blade (as seen in the original trilogy).

Anakin has a dream that Padm is going to die during childbirth, but she actually dies because of Anakin himself. He was essentially foreseeing the future in his dream, but misinterpreting the reasons behind the event. His attempt to avert that future is the very thing that causes it to become reality, an example of self-fulfilling prophecy. Palpatine knows of Anakin's fear of losing Padm, and plays on that fear by telling Anakin that the dark side of the Force has the power to cheat death (something that Darth Plagueis managed to help others do). In pursuing that end, Anakin embraces the dark side and in so doing destroys Padm's trust in him after he tries to kill her on Mustafar.

Perhaps. In an earlier draft of the movie's screenplay, the point is made more clearly, with Sidious telling Anakin, "I arranged for your conception... You could almost think of me as your father." Later drafts dropped this more blatant declaration, possibly to avoid feeling like a rehash of the famous reveal of Luke's parentage in The Empire Strikes Back. Although it was suggested by Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menance that Anakin was created by the Force, it is implied in Revenge of the Sith that Anakin may have been created by the Sith when Palpatine tells him of Darth Plagueis's ability to create life. However, this is not made absolutely clear, and may well be Palpatine's way of simply manipulating Anakin by telling him there is a method by which death can be averted.

It was the deflection of his own Force lightning, originally directed at Mace Windu, which caused Sidious's facial deformity. Although both Anakin (in Attack of the Clones) and Luke (in Return of the Jedi) both suffer Force lightning being aimed at them, neither of them are left physically scarred by the incident. However, Anakin was only hit briefly at a distance by Count Dooku's Force lightning, and it may well have been that the Emperor did not intend to kill Luke immediately, wanting his death to be slow and painful as he gloated to him. As Sidious was simultaneously firing and being hit by the lightning deflected back from Mace's lightsaber, it caused an amplified electrical feedback loop effect which damaged Sidious's body and almost killed him; and perhaps due to the involvement of the Force, Sidious's body became deformed rather than burned. (Some people have speculated that the Force lightning deflection and feedback revealed Sidious's true from by eroding away some kind of mystical facade.) Printed literature from around the time of Return of the Jedi simply stated that the Emperor's body and features had been "gnarled" over time by his extended use of the dark side of the Force.

First, the lightsaber wounds from Obi-Wan's blade, however serious, are not immediately fatal because the weapon cauterizes (seals) wounds on impact, explaining the lack of blood loss. The most devastating event in this scene is the fire, which leaves Vader scarred and deformed. There are two possible reasons why Vader could survive such an ordeal. Vader is the most powerful Jedi/Sith in the galaxy, and his power seems to give him a great resistance to or ability to fight death, more than most ordinary beings or even other Jedi. It is also said that Vader's hatred and anger (from turning to the dark side of the Force) gives him a greater source of energy, allowing him to defy his seemingly obvious fate. The Sith can also use pain to feed their hate and anger, thus strengthening them through the dark side of the Force.

Sometime off-screen in between when Obi-Wan leaves him for dead and when the Emperor finds him, Vader clearly manages to extinguish the flames, either through use of the Force, or allowing it to burn out and be consumed by the soil, rocks and natural sources around him. However, he is still in critical condition with most of his skin and hair burned off and his lungs seared from the intense heat of the flames. It seems that the Emperor's arrival is the ultimate factor in Vader's survival. He uses technological methods, i.e. the medical capsule which he requests from his troops, but there is even a hint, by the way he places his hand on Vader's forehead, that he is using the Force to keep his apprentice alive long enough to be treated properly, much like he proposed he could do with Padm. This is at least partially supported by the fact that Obi-Wan precisely echoes this gesture when he revives Luke after his encounter with the Sand People, in A New Hope. The placing of the hand on the forehead is a healing power among Jedi and it may also produce a calming effect. Clearly needing long-term support to continually stay alive, the Emperor orders artificial limbs and a survival suit be constructed for Vader (complete with internal I.V. medicines, life-support controls, and a helmet respirator connected to a battery pack to help Vader breath from his badly burned lungs).

Vader had lost all of his limbs and had third degree burns all over his entire body. Burn victims are extremely susceptible to infection and Vader's lungs would have been scarred from the ash and hot air he was breathing in while burning alive. It is likely the only reason Vader survived is due to his strength in the Force and the futuristic medical technology that the Emperor commissions for him. Vader gets another robotic arm and two robotic legs, all the charred clothing attached to him is peeled off by medical droids, and he is then fitted in the cumbersome suit which would have built-in medical capabilities to protect and heal his burns while he wears it. The suit also comes with a built-in respirator which helps him breathe.

Senator Bail Organa remained a member of the Imperial Senate as a representative of Alderaan, but as the Emperor moved more and more power away from the elected members of the Senate and into the hands of his own appointed regional governors (such as Grand Moff Tarkin), Bail continued to work in secret with other senators (such as Mon Mothma) to form the Rebel Alliance. (Deleted scenes show the first of these meetings and what is effectively the birth of the Alliance.) His work was continued by his adopted daughter, Leia, who later became a senator herself, until the Emperor dissolved the Senate completely around two decades after the formation of the Empire. Bail is killed off-screen in A New Hope, when the Death Star destroys Alderaan.

So many people consider this as a major plot hole, whilst others do not read too deeply into the mysticism of the movies. It has been suggested that as Luke and Vader can sense each other as son and father; as such, it is entirely plausible that Leia had a unique, mystical bond with Padm. Even though Padm was not a Jedi herself, Leia's biological father was a powerful Jedi and she would have inherited similar abilities to Luke, even though she was never shown how to use them in the movies. Remember that Leia's dialogue mentions "images" and "feelings" as opposed to witnessing events. Yoda tells Luke that, through the Force, he could see "old friends long gone." It is often thought that Leia may not be referring to Padm at all, and could be referring to Senator Bail Organa's wife who was her adopted mother (it is not made clear if Bail's wife died when Leia was young). However, this is clearly not the intended meaning of the scene, as Luke does specifically ask Leia "Do you remember your mother? Your real mother?" Leia does not react with suprise at the term "real," which would certainly suggest that she knew at that point that she was adopted, and understood to whom Luke was referring.

In reality, at the time Return of the Jedi was written, the backstory was slightly different. The original script included an extended scene between Luke and Obi-Wan (included in the Jedi novelization by James Kahn), where Obi-Wan explains that both he and their mother wanted to protect them from the Emperor as long as possible; Obi-Wan therefore took Luke to the Lars family on Tatooine, while their mother took Leia to Alderaan. (Obi-Wan also curiously refers to Owen Lars as his brother, an offhand comment which is never explained.) It therefore can be implied that "Mrs. Skywalker" originally survived long enough for Leia to have a real, genuine memory of her. The Sith novelization also adds an interesting twist to the whole issue. It states that immediately after Leia's birth she "stared intently in Padm's direction, as if she wanted to memorize her face". Although this was not explicitly shown in the movie, one can assume that it is meant to be implied that this is how she is able to remember Padm later in life. Although some people may question how she was able to remember something from when she was just seconds old, it must be acknowledged that the Skywalker twins were deeply connected with the Force because of their heritage.

When Padm's body is shown in the funeral procession, it appears she is still pregnant. This was done intentionally so that it seemed that she had not yet given birth at the time of her death and that the child she was carrying had died in her womb. That way, her husband (now Darth Vader) and the Emperor would not wonder what had happened to the child (or twins, as it turned out) and go and find them. During her funeral, the camera focuses our attention on her belly to hint at this deception. Additionally, a woman still looks pretty large just after giving birth. Even if there had been an attempt to say a baby had been stillborn she would have looked larger than normal.

Three years have passed since the start of the Clone Wars and neither side seems to be gaining much ground any longer. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine has been able to use the Clone Wars to extend his term of office, but has now apparently reached the limits to where he can stretch his emergency powers.

Step 1: So he devises a bold move, by allowing himself to be kidnapped by Count Dooku, until Anakin and Obi-Wan rescue him. As Anakin emerges victoriously and Dooku has out-lived his usefulness, Palpatine convinces Anakin to kill Dooku. According to the novelization, Palpatine's original plan was for Dooku to kill Kenobi, enabling Palpatine to recruit Anakin immediately after Dooku's death. Kenobi's survival prompted Palpatine to alter his plans slightly.

Step 2: After his rescue, which likely garnered much more sympathy for Palpatine as well as renewing the fear for Separatist aggression, the Galactic Senate grants him even more emergency powers. Palpatine receives near-complete control over the Galactic Republic for the rest of the war, the Senate fulfilling merely an advisory function. However, he knows there is only one more commander of Separatist forces to be eliminated before emergency powers will have to be returned to the Senate: General Grievous.

Step 3: Palpatine announces the appointment of planetary governors to every system of the Republic, further bypassing any influence from the Senate (as revealed in a deleted scene).

Step 4: Palpatine, under the guise of Darth Sidious, orders Grievous to move all the Separatist leaders to the planet Mustafar, stating that the end of the war is near.

Step 5: Palpatine then gives the news to Anakin as to where Grievous is hiding. So the Jedi send Obi-Wan to Utapau to capture or kill Grievous with a battalion of Clone troops.

Step 6: After Obi-Wan engages Grievous, Mace Windu orders Anakin to deliver the news to Palpatine, as the Jedi were suspicious of Palpatine as of late. During the conversation between Anakin and Palpatine, Palpatine admits (more or less) that he is the Sith Lord and tries to convince Anakin that he can save Padm from dying in child birth if Anakin joins the dark side of the Force.

Step 7: With Grievous dead, Mace is on the way to see to it that Palpatine returns the emergency powers to the Senate, but before he leaves, Anakin returns to Mace and informs him that Palpatine is the Sith Lord. Mace and three other Jedi councilmembers go to the Chancellor's office to arrest him. Predicting that Anakin would report him to the Jedi, Palpatine waits for and engages these Jedi in lightsaber combat, easily slaying the three accompanying Mace, in mere seconds. However, Palpatine is defeated by Mace (though he might have thrown the fight when sensing Anakin approaching). At that moment, Anakin enters and Palpatine appeals to him by appearing innocent, calling the Jedi traitors, and asking for Anakin's help. Mace continues with an arrest attempt, but Palpatine makes an enormous display of resistance which backfires yet is severe enough to alter Mace's intentions and possibly impress Anakin. Palpatine is cowering and begging for his life, at this point, but Mace is finally certain of Palpatine's being the elusive Darth Sidious, a man thus far of legend. Anakin pleads with Mace that due process should be followed, desperately (and unsuccessfully) attempting to hide his true motivation of needing Palpatine alive. When Mace decides Palpatine is too dangerous to be kept alive, as the Sith Lord has control over the senate and courts, he moves to kill Palpatine, but Anakin disarms Mace (literally), allowing Palpatine to strike the finishing blow. Anakin is devastated in the knowledge that he intentionally assisted with the slaying of a fellow Jedi, but Palpatine insists that Anakin merely intervened in a traitor's plot. Willing to believe this (and unable to further attempt arrest of the Sith menace), Anakin feels he now has no choice but to become Palpatine's new apprentice, even more so to gain Palpatine's help in saving Padm's life. Palpatine then pronounces Anakin to henceforth be known as Darth Vader, and tells him they will work together to discover the secret of cheating death and living forever.

Step 8: Having achieved a major victory, Palpatine freely dresses as his alter ego, Darth Sidious. Palpatine sends Darth Vader to the Jedi Temple with a garrison of clone troops to end the Jedi "plot" and kill every last Jedi. He then orders him to go afterward to Mustafar to kill Viceroy Nute Gunray and the other Separatist leaders.

Step 9: Palpatine contacts Clone commanders around the galaxy, commanding them to "Execute Order 66" which was a pre-coded instruction to immediately execute every single Jedi with extreme prejudice, the Jedi to be regarded as being in "rebellion." Being like living droids, the Clones do so without question.

Step 10: Darth Sidious (with his eyes overshadowed as usual, but now having a gnarled face) mendaciously promises the Viceroy peace under the auspices of the Sith and instructs him to await Darth Vader's arrival.

Step 11: Palpatine calls an emergency session of the Senate and elaborates on the "attempt on his life" by the Jedi that left him disfigured. He then announces his plan to turn the Republic "into the first Galactic Empire, for a safe and secure society." Out of sympathy for his suffering and sacrifice, the Senate enthusiastically gives him their mandate, thus making him emperor of the galaxy for life and the Empire effectively a dictatorship. The Galactic Senate then becomes known as the Imperial Senate (as mentioned in A New Hope), though has diminished power by that point.

Step 12: After Darth Vader has slaughtered everybody at the Separatists hideout on Mustafar, he is ordered by his master to shut down all of the Separatists' droid units immediately, thus ending the Clone Wars.

Step 13: Perhaps foreseeing that the Imperial Senate will one day object to his tyranny, the Emperor commissions the construction of the Death Star as a way to extort the systems into submission.

In prequel novels and comic books, an ancient Sith Lord named Darth Sion used the dark side of the Force to prevent himself from dying after sustaining fatal injuries (though this left him in great physical pain), dying only when he finally let go of his anger and hatred. Subsequent Sith achieved some success in preventing natural death, but fell in battle or were murdered by their own followers. Palpatine's own master, Darth Plagueis the Wise, was able to use the Force to prevent those close to him (like family members or friends) from dying, but unlike Sion, he could not use this power to save himself, as Palpatine murdered him in his sleep after Plagueis taught him "everything he knew." Ultimately, Palpatine told this story to Anakin in the hopes that Anakin would assume that this power could be achieved through Palpatine. Once Anakin pledges himself to Palpatine, stating that he just wants help to save his wife from dying in childbirth. When Palpatine says, "To cheat death is a power only one has achieved. But if we work together, I know we can discover the secret", revealing he did not actually have this power to sustain eternal life after all.

In essence, this is true. The last time Anakin/Vader sees his wife, Padm, he accused her of betraying him and started to force choke her. He releases her when Obi-Wan intervenes, and she falls to the ground unconscious. This is the last time Anakin would ever see Padm. After his brutal duel with Obi-Wan, Vader is left horribly scarred and mutilated. Obi-Wan then goes to help the weakened Padm, ensuring she reaches a medical facility where she gives birth to twins, Luke and Leia. Already in a weakened state before giving birth, Padm dies shortly after the twins are born. The medical droid attending to her states that she "lost the will to live", which is understandable after her devoted husband turned evil and deliberately harmed her amidst the crumbling of the Galactic Republic (along with the destruction of the Jedi Order).

The Emperor saves Vader by having Vader's body reconstructed with artificial limbs and encasing him inside the infamous survival suit of black armor complete with a respirator that will sustain him. The first thing Vader asks when he regains his health in his new form is if Padm is alive and well. The Emperor says, "It seems that, in your anger, you killed her." Although the Emperor would have been unaware that Padm had survived long enough to give birth to her children and was therefore not directly killed by Vader on Mustafar, the reason he says this is because, at this point, everything Anakin/Vader had done (including turning to the dark side of the Force) was to ensure Padm's survival. The Emperor clearly knew that by telling Vader that he killed the woman he loved with his own hands (so to speak) would more or less purge Vader of any trace of humanity or compassion left in him, making him a powerful agent of the dark side of the Force.

Anakin/Vader also deliberately harmed Padm while she was pregnant, by force-choking her. Although Obi-Wan intervened before Vader could kill her, Padm still lost consciousness and the attack could well have led to complications later, on a psychological level if not a physical one. As the medic droid states "Medically she's completely healthy. For reasons we can't explain, we are losing her... We don't know why. She has lost the will to live." People who who are in frail health (elderly people, or those with significant pre-existing medical conditions) have often died after a trauma or loss in their lives. Padm and Anakin are quite in love and it was quite devastating to Padm that the man she loved had become evil and harmed her in his jealousy and rage. In addition, her loss coincided with the dissolution of galactic democracy as well as the extermination of the Jedi, Anakin in spirit among them.

Yes. It was always written, scripted and filmed for Windu to be the clear victor of the duel. He was the most powerful Jedi of the order as well as the head of the Jedi council. However, it is known that Palpatine is also extremely powerful in the Dark Side and it's plausible that perhaps foreseeing Windu defeating him and sensing Anakin approaching, Palpatine threw the fight.

For security reasons surely. C-3PO is a protocol droid designed for extensive interaction with people, and he could easily but unintentionally divulge information that needs to kept secret from the Empire. Erasing all of C-3PO's memories of Anakin, Padm, Bail, Obi-Wan and everything that happened to him throughout the events of Episodes I, II and III would therefore wipe the slate clean and allow him to serve a new master without ties to the old one. It is possible that C-3PO knew or heard that Padm had given birth before she died and, if Bail considered this a liability to the safety of the twins, he had the memory wiped more for that reason instead. Another important reason is that C-3PO also knows that Yoda, Obi-Wan, Bail and Captain Antilles have all conspired to hide the twins. The lives of all four (especially Organa and Antilles since they are not in hiding) would be at extreme danger, if this information would be exposed.

Why Bail never opted to have R2-D2's memory wiped at the same time is not made clear, though it may be that Bail didn't think R2-D2 would pose a security risk to the twins or the conspirators, as astromech droids do not speak in a language that humans can understand (and is naturally less "chatty" than C-3PO is anyway). It is even possible that they leave R2-D2's memory intact intentionally, because they suspect that he may be a useful ally/tool in the future. Being an astromech droid, R2-D2 can be used to secretly store information and communicate it to others without drawing immediate suspicion, and he can be most helpful with this if he is aware of all the facts. Indeed, in A New Hope, R2-D2 receives the secret Death Star plans, and he is adamant to deliver them to Obi-Wan, seemingly aware of the importance of the plans and Obi-Wan to the Rebellion. (Luke even mentions that he had "never seen such devotion in a droid before.")

The technical reason for the mind wipe, of course, is that George Lucas had to include the line in the film so as to explain why C-3PO does not know Obi-Wan or recognize the name "Skywalker" in A New Hope.

Some believe that Baker was never in the actual movie, but that he was only given credit because of all of his work in the other movies. Others believe that he did all the usual scenes with R2 and that the action sequences which R2 participated in (possibly with the ships in the beginning) were just visual effects.

Apart from a different scene transition before the end of the movie both versions are identical. Nonetheless one can find a detailed comparison between both versions with pictures here.

On Tuesday, October 30th, 2012, it was announced that Walt Disney Studios had acquired Lucasfilm and, under its new president Kathleen Kennedy (longtime collaborator of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg), a new trilogy of films would be released beginning with Episode VII in 2015. The announcement and details can be found at here. A detailed discussion and perspective on Disney's acquisition and the options for the new films can be found at here.

Originally the plan was the release each Star Wars movie, post-converted to 3D every February, starting with The Phantom Menace, in 2012. Though many fans complained about having to invest six years into getting to see each Star Wars movie in 3D. In late 2012, it was announced that both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith would be released back-to-back in late 2013. However, once Walt Disney Studios acquired Lucasfilm, and the production of Episode VII was announced. Disney eventually declared that they were postponing the conversion to 3D and release of any more of the previous movies in order to focus on Episode VII. They also added that after production wraps on Episode VII they may continue to release the previous movies in 3D. Some fans theorize that they may actually be converting the movies already and plan to release them shortly prior to the release of Episode VII as a way to boost interest in the new movie. As the 1997 special editions of the original trilogy were released back-to-back from January 31st to March 7th.

The clone troopers are totally obedient, and their service to the Jedi is superseded by their service to the Supreme Chancellor. Having survived so many battles together, the Jedi and the clone troopers undoubtedly formed bonds, but those bonds were not strong enough for any clone trooper to disobey or question the Chancellor, even though a mass majority of the clone troopers never even met him in person.

You could say that clone troopers were aware of the eventuality of Order 66 going into effect, since the Chancellor saw fit to sugarcoat his instruction to Commander Cody with the opening phrase "the time has come", but they weren't feigning friendship with the Jedi throughout the wars. The clone troopers probably mourned being betrayed by their friends, since the feeling of betrayal would be the inevitable emotion for the clone troopers to have rather than the feeling of guilt. Regardless, they are soldiers and thus meant to have limited empathy, even if most of their work involves destroying droids rather than sentient beings.

Order 66 simply identified the Jedi, who are armed and extremely dangerous, as being in rebellion against the Galactic Republic, and the clone troopers didn't have the security and means to investigate the motivation for authoritative instructions to execute the order. Some level of paranoia about Jedi would likely be involved too, under the circumstances. In sixth season of the animated series The Clone Wars (an interquel to Episodes II and III), however, as a deeper explanation of the clone troopers' backstabbing slaughter of the Jedi, it is revealed that every clone trooper has a "structural inhibitor chip"—a thought-altering cerebral neurochip made of organic material—implanted in his cranium to reinforce what Kaminoan senior cloners deceitfully claim is nothing more than docility when, in truth, the chip is secretly also responsible for the clone trooper's dormant, subliminal, cavalier, lethal hostility toward Jedi: "Conspiracy", "Fugitives" and "Orders". An exploratory summary can be found here.

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