Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’s DARKEST Ending Was Awful
The original ending for 1983’s Star Wars: Return of the Jedi was a lot darker and much worse, than the one we ended up getting.
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi marks the iconic conclusion to the Original Trilogy and is, at its heart, a story of good conquering evil. At the conclusion of the 1983 film, the young Jedi Luke Skywalker resists the temptation of the Dark Side and helps to defeat the Galactic Empire. Luke bests his father, Darth Vader, in combat, and then spares his life, which leads the Sith Lord to perform an act of redemption by saving his son from Emperor Palpatine. However, George Lucas originally envisioned a far more sinister end for the story — one that definitely would not have worked.
While working on the film with co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, Lucas wasn’t sure how the trilogy would end. Lucas had changed the title of the film to Revenge of the Jedi at the behest of Kasdan, who thought Return of the Jedi was too weak for the concluding installment. The version the two were working on at the time was much darker in a lot of ways. Han Solo, for example, was killed in the middle of film during a raid on an Imperial base.