ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

Remember at the end of Revenge of the Sith when audiences finally found out exactly what happened to Darth Vader to warrant a permanent mask and armor?

Well, on the off chance you've forgotten the damage done after Anakin's leg amputation at the hand of his master and his brief lava bath, here's a quick reminder:

Let's just say he's a bit of a fixer-upper...

Anakin said we underestimate his power, but as it turns out what we really underestimated was how disfigured he could have been under that mask.

Redditor Join_You_In_The_Sun recently posted an image that is reportedly the original concept art for Darth Vader's unmasked face. From the looks of things, it could have been a lot worse, even with the current state of his face. Check it out below:

As we can see, there's a lot more scars, tubes, and tissue, and a lot less ear and right eye.

Just for comparison's sake, here's what Darth Vader's face ended up looking like in the 1983 release of Return of the Jedi:

Pretty messed up, but not too horrible considering his entire body - or what was left of it - was covered in flames at the end of Revenge of the Sith. And not nearly as bad as the original concept art.

Darth Vader's look changed further when Return of the Jedi was re-released in 2004. One minor, yet noticeable, edit was that Sebastian Shaw's thick brows and eyes had been digitally altered to better align with the injuries sustained by Hayden Christensen in Revenge of the Sith.

Personally, I'm glad they ended up going with the makeup design that made it into the 1983 version. While his injuries may have been more severe and his face more scorched, I think had Shaw's makeup been more graphic - as the original concept art shows - we might have been too distracted to pay proper attention to this heartwarming moment between Luke and his father.

As we all know, the most recent reminder we've had of of Darth Vader in the trailer for [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) showed his helmet completely destroyed and is (likely) in the hands of Kylo Ren!

I guess for now we'll just have to wait to see what happens to Darth Vader's legacy.


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