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Star Wars: Rogue One’s first draft had Vader Force choking (and killing) a major character

I think we can all agree that Star Wars: Rogue One (opens in new tab) turning Vader from ‘NOOOOO’ meme back into a badass killing machine was a smart move. However, we very nearly didn’t get a cacophony of corridor kills and, instead, would have had Vader Force choking (and Force murdering) a major character. Ouchy.

Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab) has revealed that Rogue One cut a Vader end scene, one that would have taken place alongside the happier, cheesy ending from the first draft (opens in new tab). In this version, all-round baddie Orson Krennic survived the Death Star blast, only to meet a similarly unpleasant end.

Screenwriter Gary Whitta explains, “He survived the blast and they pulled him up and brought him to the Star Destroyer to report to Vader. He’s all beat up, his cape’s all torn up and stuff, and he thinks he has survived.”

The Sith Lord, though, had other, more choke-y plans, as Whitta says, “Vader kills him for his failure.”

It’s not as undeniably cool as the Vader massacre but it’s definitely a better end (in a manner of speaking) for the cowardly Krennic.

What do you think of the first draft of Vader’s Rogue One appearance? Sound off in the comments!

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