With the release of The Force Awakens, the news of more and more Star Wars films, books, comics and more - the hype for Star Wars has reached an all time high. With that, let us look back on some of the saddest moments from the Star Wars Prequels.
Anakin leaves home
We may not meet the fated Anakin Skywalker until forty five minutes into The Phantom Menace, but we connect with his innocence and willingness to help others, That's why when Anakin wins his freedom in the podrace and is promised to become a Jedi - We cheer with the rest of the crowd, But when it comes time for him to leave home and he runs back to his mother; feeling scared and wistful about the life he's leaving behind, you can't help but get a little misty eyed.
There's no question that Qui-Gon versus Darth Maul was an awesome fight, but when Darth Maul gets the upper hand on the Jedi and plunges his neat looking lightsaber into him, We are just as in shock as young Obi-Wan Kenobi, Obi-Wan gets his revenge by slicing Maul in half and tending to his fallen Jedi master. Qui-Gon's parting words to his young Padawan are words of great importance and you can really feel the tension and sadness, especially in the final moments when Qui-Gon puts his hand against Obi-Wan's face with his last ounce of strength
Shmi Skywalker's fate
in the second Prequel film Attack of The Clones, Anakin starts having nightmarish visions of his mother being tortured back on his home planet, when he finally gets to his mother - it's too late and she dies in his arms, The set up scene and follow up scenes to her death are somber, quiet and heart wrenching, not to mention the vengeful murder of the tusken raiders and Anakin's emotional next morning confession to Padme
Order 66 is one of the most tragic scenes in the third prequel film, Revenge of The Sith, a montage full of horrifying deaths, From Anakin storming the Jedi Temple and brutally murdering the Jedi (even mere Jedi in training) to the clones turning against their comrades on the field and shooting them down, This scene is one that is sure to get shivers up your spine
Obi-Wan discovering the dead bodies of the Jedi in the temple and then seeing the footage of his former padawan and friend committing these atrocities is a tear jerking scene for certain, Yoda warned him that all he would find by viewing the recordings was heartbreak - For Obi-Wan and our sake, we wished he would have heeded Yoda's advice. He sees recordings of his former Padawan and friend pledging himself to a Sith Lord and mindlessly killing his Jedi companions and friends, Obi-Wan's reaction is a heart wrenching and unforgettable moment.
The Mustafar Scene
Anakin and Obi-Wan's lightsaber fight culminates in the loss of Anakin's limbs and as he lays helplessly on the ground burning from the heat, Obi-Wan tears us apart with his grief, screaming that Anakin was supposed to be the one who saved them, not the one who kept them in darkness. "You were my brother Anakin!, I loved you!" He screams and walks away from his former friend with a grief he will carry for the rest of his life.
Padme and Anakin's final moments
Padme travels to Mustafar in hopes of bringing Anakin to his senses, She pleads with him and expresses her fears of what Obi-Wan had told her, when he shows that he is beyond the point of saving, She backs away exclaiming tearfully "Anakin, you're going down a path I can't follow.. Come back, Please.. I love you!" Her tearful expressions and genuine grief at losing the man she loved pulls at our heart strings.
Vader's First Words
After a horrifying frankenstien-like scene, Anakin is back from near death - now trapped in the famous black suit that will eventually become a feared icon of destruction across the galaxy. His first words are about Padme "Is she okay?" Palpatine informs his new apprentice (Blatantly lies) that Anakin had killed her in his anger, the reaction of Anakin is both room shaking and heart breaking
A very beautifully constructed scene where Naboo is in mourning for their former queen and senator, We see beautiful Padme in a long flowing gown surrounded by flowers, clutching the necklace that Anakin gave her when he was young. Somber faces march through the streets as we see people who knew Padme showing their respects, a very strikingly sad scene to say the least.
The New Hope
The final scene of the final movie in the prequel trilogy is an iconic look at what's to come, Obi-Wan has just delivered an infant Luke Skywalker to his home on the Lars homestead, after handing the child to Beru he stands there with the weight of everything that has happened, a pained expression on his face as he turns away to face his exile on the desert planet.