10 Saddest Star Wars Goodbyes After Grogu And Din Djarin
Fans of The Mandalorian were sent into an emotional frenzy when the finale of the Star Wars TV show dropped earlier in December. Not only did Luke Skywalker return, but there was also the sucker-punch of Grogu and Din Djarin parting ways. Many were left in tears as the pair bid goodbye to each other, and we’re intrigued to see what the future holds for both characters, especially now The Child has gone with Luke to begin his training as a Jedi Knight.
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You’d best get the tissues ready, because we’re now going to take a look back at the saga and take a look at the 10 saddest farewells between characters. Some die, some live, but all definitely pull at our heart-strings.
10 Anakin And Shmi (The Phantom Menace)
When fans are first introduced to a young Anakin Skywalker in 1999’s The Phantom Menace, they see a bright young boy filled with potential. Qui-Gon Jinn is able to sense this, and, after the Tatooine resident wins the Boonta Eve Podrace, he frees Anakin, promising to train him as a Jedi Knight. Unfortunately, having pre-agreed a deal with slave owner Watto, Qui-Gon is unable to do the same to mother Shmi.
It’s poignant seeing the pair say goodbye to each other, knowing that this sweet young child will turn into the galaxy’s biggest villain Darth Vader without his mother there to look out for him. Anakin’s future could have potentially been extremely different had Qui-Gon not been ruthlessly killed by Darth Maul on Naboo, but, unfortunately, we’ll never know for sure. Shmi’s death in Attack of the Clones is devastating, too, but we’ll with this farewell given it happened first.
9 Obi-Wan And Satine (The Clone Wars)
Only fans of The Clone Wars will know about the character of Satine Kryze. She’s the pacifistic leader of the planet Mandalore during the years where the Galactic Republic’s grip on the galaxy starts to loosen. She develops a close bond with Obi-Wan Kenobi during the TV series, even though love is of course forbidden for a Jedi.
Tragically, Darth Maul removes the temptation of Satine from Obi-Wan’s path. He uses the Darksaber to impale her right in front of Kenobi, who, due to being captured, is unable to intervene. The Duchess of Mandalore confesses her love for Obi-Wan with her dying words, telling him she’ll always love him. It breaks his heart and definitely ranks as one of the saddest Star Wars moments in the whole of the saga.
8 Anakin And Ahsoka (The Clone Wars)
Disney had no idea how popular Ahsoka Tano would become when she made her appearance as a padawan during the first series of The Clone Wars. Though she leaves the Jedi Council, she still maintains close contact with Anakin Skywalker as they battle to stop the galaxy from falling into Separatist hands. They share a lovely exchange for the last time during the final series of TCW, with Anakin gifting his former Padawan two lightsabers which she’s still using by the time of The Mandalorian.
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It’s sad, as Ahsoka isn’t around to stop Anakin from falling to the dark side. Had she been present for the attack on Chancellor Palpatine’s life, then Skywalker may have thought twice about intervening during the Sith Lord’s lightsaber battle with Mace Windu. The clip also momentarily flashes forward to when they meet again, years in the future, and confront each other with Anakin now encased in his armor as Darth Vader.
7 Yoda And The Wookies (Revenge Of The Sith)
In Revenge of the Sith, the Jedi Order is subjected to a ferocious attack as Palpatine starts to take control. Two Clone Troopers attempt to kill Master Yoda, but he’s far too savvy for them, beheading the duo with ease. Chewbacca and Tarful then help secure him an escape pod, which he uses to reunite with the likes of Bail Organa and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
They share an emotional goodbye, and it’s saddening knowing that Yoda will be unable to prevent the rise of the Empire. His life is never the same from this moment on, with the Jedi Master having to spend the remainder of his days living on the desolate planet of Dagobah. A place which, if you’ve seen The Empire Strikes Back, you definitely wouldn’t want to travel to.
6 Obi-Wan Kenobi And Anakin (Revenge Of The Sith)
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker have two sad goodbyes in Revenge of the Sith. The first is shortly before the former travels to Utapau to confront General Grievous and “end the war,” with Anakin wishing his master well on his mission, but the second is far more tragic.
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We are, of course, referring to when Kenobi leaves his fallen apprentice to burn to death on the fiery shores of Mustafar. Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen’s performances are both exceptional, and, even though Anakin has done so many bad things, you get a real sense Obi-Wan would love to save his best friend.
Instead, he does the difficult thing of walking away. He’s therefore surprised to learn that Anakin survived and became Darth Vader, donning a whole new outfit to hide his old identity and keep himself alive.
5 General Raddus And Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor (Rogue One)
Rogue One is arguably one of the saddest movies in Star Wars, with perhaps only Revenge of the Sith beating it out. Just about everybody in it dies, including the main characters Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor. Before the Death Star obliterates the planet of Scarif at the end of the movie, the pair are successful at obtaining the plans to the imperial space station and transmitting them to the Rebel Alliance, who are battling imperial forces above the skies.
As they give over the plans, General Raddus thanks them and says “may the force be with you” before shooting off into hyperspace. It’s the last words he speaks to the heroic duo, and they’re definitely fitting. The Rebels are all about surviving, and there’s no time to dwell. It’s brutal that Jyn and Cassian, two people whose names should be known around the galaxy, are only given a short sendoff before being forgotten about forever.
4 Leia Organa and Han Solo (The Empire Strikes Back)
One of the best quotes from The Empire Strikes Back is when Han Solo says “I know” after Leia Organa confesses her love to him on the planet of Bespin. It perfectly sums up their relationship; him, the laid-back and confident pilot, and her, the secret softy who puts on a hardened act.
Context is key, however, and the reason it’s become so famous in the years since the movie’s release is because of the circumstances. Fans didn’t know if Han would survive being frozen in carbonite by Darth Vader, and, with George Lucas ruthlessly killing off Ben Kenobi in the previous film A New Hope, they had every reason to be fearful. Fortunately, Han survived and appeared in Return of the Jedi three years later.
3 Luke Skywalker And Darth Vader (Return Of The Jedi)
Fans waited six whole years to get a glimpse of the human inside Darth Vader. They get that at the end of Return of the Jedi when he asks son Luke to help him take his helmet off so he can look at him “through my own eyes.” The pair have a final conversation, a sweet one where Vader implores his son to get away, knowing he’s taking his own last breaths.
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Seeing a redeemed individual die on film is always rather tragic, and this is no exception. Seeing Anakin post the events of the war would have been fun to see but Lucas clearly had other ideas.
2 Luke Skywalker And Leia Organa (The Last Jedi)
Goosebumps. Full-on goosebumps. When Luke kissed Leia on the forehead in The Last Jedi shortly before walking out and saving the day on Crait, it had an air of finality about it. Sure, we didn’t necessarily know he was going to die, but the way it was handled certainly suggested this would be at the last time we’d see the duo on screen, and seeing two Hollywood icons sharing the screen again was absolutely superb.
Of course, they both reprised their roles in The Rise of Skywalker. But, this was a proper goodbye, and one that was done in the best way possible. Kudos, Rian Johnson.
1 Ben Solo And Han Solo (The Rise of Skywalker)
The Rise of Skywalker made the bold decision to bring Harrison Ford back into the fold as Han Solo for one last time, and that was a masterful scene, with the character interacting with Ben Solo shortly before vanishing in a vision.
Han and Ben’s goodbyes hammers home to Kylo Ren the error of his ways and proves to be the moment where he changes allegiances, reverting back to the light and going on to fight the dark. We’re still pretty annoyed at his death, but Han’s final goodbye does somewhat make up for it…
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