After kicking off a new trilogy last year with The Force Awakens, the Star Wars franchise is traveling back into prequel territory this December with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This Anthology movie will tell the tale of the Rebel operatives attempting to secure the Death Star plans shortly before A New Hope. While we'll have to wait a little longer to see if they're successful, in the meantime, we can't help but reminisce about the last live-action Star Wars prequel film released, 2005's Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. It was a dark time when the story finished. The Empire was controlling the galaxy, Darth Vader hit the scene as an intimidating cyborg and the surviving heroes had to either go into hiding or pretend they supported the Imperials. Yikes!

With a few more months to go until Rogue One's release, we're taking this opportunity to go over where all the major Star Wars characters who appeared in Revenge of the Sith left off at that movie's conclusion, a few of whom are appearing in Rogue One. Let's start with the most notorious Sith Lord of all time...

Darth Vader

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader

Anakin Skywalker tapped into his darker and vengeful urges in Attack of the Clones when he killed that tribe of Sand People, but Revenge of the Sith showed him fully crossing over to the dark side. Three years of war and being separated from your wife was bad enough, but after killing Count Dooku on Palpatine's urging and seeing a vision of Padme dying started to push him over the edge. This allowed Palpating to move in for the "kill," tempting Anakin with the promise of helping him learn how to stop his loved ones from dying. One dead Mace Windu later, and Anakin became Darth Vader, officially earning that title by slaughtering Jedi, including younglings, at the Jedi Temple and murdering the Separatist leaders.

However, it wasn't until his fight with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar that Anakin became the "more machine than man" Vader that we all know and love. Despite all his power, Anakin left the duel with two chopped-off legs and an arm, as well as being burned...badly. Palpatine discovered his new apprentice before it was too late and brought him back to Coruscant to have his body rebuilt. Now Anakin Skywalker is essentially dead, and the cyborg Darth Vader is by the Emperor's side to enforce the Empire's rule with an iron fist, devoid of any emotional attachment to anyone. He won't hesitate to kill the Rebels who get in his way during Rogue One.

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