While Star Wars has a lot of fantastic, memorable and enjoyable moments the films have also provided some of the most surprising and saddest experiences I’ve ever had as a movie viewer. From the tears I shed when Padme died back in 2005’s Revenge of the Sith to the waterfall that poured from my eyes after the heartbreaking development of Rogue One there have definitely been some sad moments throughout the Star Wars franchise and I am here to share them with you. Enjoy!
Ahsoka Tano Leaves the Jedi Order
I’ve just recently watched the entire series of The Clone Wars on Netflix and I was utterly blown away. I missed it when it was on Cartoon Network but in a way I’m glad because I was able to binge watch all six seasons which was a ridiculously fun experience for me. The most heartbreaking episode was definitely when Ahsoka Tano left the Jedi Order…for good. Ahsoka was an amazing character and after six seasons watching her growth from a young padawan to a talented Jedi knight she had really begun to grow on me. When she got framed for bombing the Jedi temple she went on a self-inspired investigation to prove her innocence. She was still captured by the Jedi and nearly sentenced to exile from the Jedi Order but the true culprit was caught and she was freed of all charges. But by the time her name was cleared her faith in the Jedi had been shattered and she decided to willingly walk away from the Order. It’s actually one of the saddest moments I’ve seen in Star Wars and it made me cry.
Ahsoka was one of my favorite characters in the cartoon and the end to her five season story was tragic. I know she returns in Star Wars: Rebels and even though I haven’t watched that cartoon yet either (it seems there will be more binge-watching in the future :)) I’m sure her continued story will be just as awesome.
The Deaths of the Rebels in Rogue One
Rogue One was a fantastic movie but it’s also, I’d say, the saddest movie installment in the Star Wars franchise. I remember when the movie was coming out, my younger sister and I were trying to figure out who was going to live and who was going to die in the movie. Now I foresaw Saw Gerrera not making it, Cassian, I felt, wasn’t going to live through the movie, and Baze was undoubtedly doomed. I believed that Bodhi, Jyn, K-2SO, and Chirrut, however, were going to live to fight another day. Wow, how wrong I was.
I remember when K-2SO was the first to perish. I was legitimately stunned. Never before had a major droid died in a movie so I thought he was definitely going to live. When he died I knew at that moment this movie wasn’t going to be nice to these rebel heroes. And shortly after that the rest of the rebels began dropping like flies.
Even to this day I still get teary when Jyn and Cassian watch their fiery doom approaching as they hug on the beach. Even though it’s the only logical way this movie could’ve transpired it’s still devastating.
Duchess Satine Kryze Gets Murdered
One of the most fascinating elements of The Clone Wars series was the secret romance between Obi-Wan Kenobi and his old flame, Duchess Satine Kryze. To find out they, at one time, were practically in the same shoes that Anakin and Padme were in was shocking and kind of hilarious. But what was even more shocking was the horrible ending to their relationship.
Darth Maul wanted revenge on Obi-Wan so he crafted a brilliant plan where he captured Obi-Wan’s old girlfriend, threatening to kill her, and lured Obi-Wan into the trap. Darth Maul murdered Duchess Satine before Kenobi’s very eyes and even though it was a cartoon it was definitely one of the most tragic moments in the franchise.
Luke and Leia Reunite
I believe this is one of the saddest moments in Star Wars because it’s such a tragic reunion. Leia hadn’t seen Luke in years and when he finally returned it was during a very dire situation. The Resistance was hanging on by a meager thread, no allies of the Resistance were coming to rescue them, and it really seemed like all hope was lost.
And the conversation between the brother and sister is just as saddening. They aren’t chatting and laughing about old times they’ve spent together but rather the imminent showdown between Luke and his nephew! Ben Solo. Leia looks at him with a deep sadness because she knows, in her heart, that her son can’t be saved and it’s really sad to observe. In The Force Awakens she was so hopeful about her son’s chances of returning to the light and to see her lack of faith in her son is kind of tragic.
And then when Luke hands her those golden dice in commemoration of Han Solo, oh man, I feel the waterworks just thinking about it. This scene makes me whimper, it’s that sad, but there’s also so much hope that Luke brings in this scene just with his presence. The end for the Resistance was near but he returned to save the day and it’s the perfect arc for his character in the movie. (This is just an epic sequence of the movie.)
Han Solo’s Death
This is undoubtedly the saddest moment that’s ever happened in Star Wars. I still remember how I felt when I watched this scene for the first time. I was watching the movie utterly riveted and then when this scene appeared it was nearly an exact replica of the scene in A New Hope when Obi-Wan faced Darth Vader for the final time so, of course, I knew he was going to die, but here’s the trickery.
When Han confronted his son Kylo Ren didn’t immediately attack him. Instead they talked and after a while it seemed that Kylo Ren was going to turn, that he actually was renouncing the dark side, especially when he handed his lightsaber to Han! But then, as the light from the sun was erased completely and the world fell into darkness I knew, at that moment, that Han was doomed and I was terrified.
When Kylo Ren killed Han Solo I was wrecked! I mean, I came out of that theater looking like I had just experienced a funeral, I was crying that hard. I didn’t even realize how much I liked Han Solo until that scene. This is definitely the saddest moment in Star Wars and I’m hoping there won’t ever be a scene as tragic as this again in Star Wars because then I’ll really be distraught.
Well, these are, to me, the five saddest moments in Star Wars and hopefully Episode IX won’t have an even more tragic scene (like for example, Rey dying.) I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force be with you.