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Revealing that this Rogue One: A Star Wars Story article contains spoilers is like suggesting that Luke Skywalker has daddy issues or that Darth Vader should stock up on moisturizer, but regardless, to be forewarned is to be forearmed, so grab a tissue and read on at your own risk, my younglings. These major deaths are more harrowing than a never-ending prequel marathon, reminding us exactly how devastating the effects of war can truly be.

10. Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker)

Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]
Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]

The destruction of Jedha's capital provided us with our first glimpse of the Death Star's true power in Rogue One and our heroes' escape was suitably epic from start to finish, but why did Gerrera just give up and wait to die? Whitaker's character had previously been depicted as a wild rebel who didn't play by the rules, so it made little sense for him to suddenly stop fighting. Sure, he might not have got far with those crummy robotic legs of his, but Gerrera's sacrifice ultimately didn't achieve anything other than some minor frustration on the part of the viewer.

9. Lyra Erso (Valene Kane)

Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]
Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]

In theory, the death of a mother should be one of the most tragic, but after Lyra Erso is cut down in Rogue One's opening scene, the rest of the film focuses almost solely on the ties between Jyn and her father instead. Perhaps we would be more resentful of this if it weren't for the fact that Lyra stupidly confronts Krennic without any real plan of sorts, sealing her own needlessly tragic fate.

8. Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn)

Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]
Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]

Despite his villainous intentions, one can't help but feel a bit sorry for Krennic. After all, even his superiors strive to remove his power and then — just as he declares that the Empire has finally won — the sad, little military commander is shot down by Cassian. As if that weren't bad enough, the weapon that he's devoted his life to building blows up the tower where his corpse lies, redefining the term "poetic justice" for a whole new generation of Star Wars fans.

7. Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen)

Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]
Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]

While the death of Jyn's father was the least surprising — Star Wars is renowned for its daddy issues after all — Galen's demise was nonetheless a painful one to watch, both for Jyn and us as an audience. After years of separation, the two were finally reunited for a few precious moments, only for them to both be ripped apart again once more. If there was anything good to come out of this though, it's that her father's death galvanized Jyn into action, propelling the narrative forward towards that final, epic act and for that, we thank you, Galen.

6. Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed)

Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]
Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]

The former Imperial pilot Bodhi Rook fought hard in the face of adversity, undergoing the trials of betraying his former allegiances to the point of actual torture. Eventually though, the consequences of Bodhi's actions caught up with him in the final third of Rogue One, when an Imperial soldier unexpectedly threw a grenade into the bowels of his ship.

5. Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen)

Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]
Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]

Rogue One worked hard to depict the senseless violence of war more than any other Star Wars movie to date and this was most perfectly encapsulated in the death of Malbus. While he played a vital role throughout the film, saving our protagonists time and time again with that rapid-fire blaster, Baze's final moments were both inspirational and tragic. Knowing that death was approaching, Malbus died a true hero's death, pushing forward to take out as many Imperial soldiers as he could with each of his last breaths.

4. Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen)

Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]
Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]

The only Rogue One character who truly embraced the Force was an extremely capable fighter whose survival seemed more than likely — that is, until he "blindly" walked into the middle of a blazing firefight in order to flick that all-important master switch. As far as badass deaths go, Chirrut's was one of Rogue One's finest.

3. Cassian Andor (Diego Luna)

Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]
Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]

Jyn may have been the hero, but Cassian proved himself worthy of that title too, playing an instrumental role in the Alliance's acquisition of the Death Star schematics. What could have a been rather cheesy way to die was transformed into something brave and beautiful by director Gareth Edwards, who ensured that Cassian and Jyn both received the ending that they deserved.

2. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones)

Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]
Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]

Jyn died a hero's death, held in the arms of fellow rebel Cassian Andor as the Death Star destroyed the Imperial base on Scarif in a blaze of fire. It was a bold move for Disney to take out the heroine of this tale, but how else could the studio ever explain Jyn's lack of involvement in the original trilogy?

1. K-2SO (Alan Tudyk)

Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]
Star Wars: Rogue One [Credit: Walt Disney Studios]

Although he doesn't possess a heart of his own, the death of K-2SO wrenched the strings of mine with unbearable anguish. Our only solace is that the Imperial droid's sacrifice played a vital role in helping Jyn obtain the Death Star schematics, although it was still hard to watch Alan Tudyk's character valiantly fight on as the stormtroopers cut him down behind that console, shot by shot.

Check out director Gareth Edwards and his fanboy passion for Star Wars in the clip below:

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Sold as a war movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story delivered in every aspect, combining the epic spectacle of such conflicts with the painful reality of death that is at times both pointless and tragic. While your standard family movies will shy away from this truth as much as possible, director Gareth Edwards took a brave step here by killing off the vast majority of our beloved heroes and, in doing so, he may have just crafted one of the greatest blockbusters of all time.

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