This article, Top 5 Deaths In The Star Wars Cinematic Universe will contain spoilers from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, do not continue if you don’t want the film spoiled.
With the exception of The Empire Strikes Back, there is a major death in every Star Wars film to date. With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens we look at the top five deaths in the Star Wars Cinematic Universe. This list only takes in account what the audience witnessed in the seven films, and will not branch out into the books, comics, and or the Ewoks television specials.
Honorable mention to all the contract workers the were killed on the second Death Star during the Battle of Endor.
5. Darth Maul
This death falls under, “Are you kidding me!” Darth Maul is one the of the coolest villains in the Star Wars Universe and to only have him around for a short bit seems a little unjust. The prequels brought an entirely different style to the lightsaber duel, and Darth Maul had the wicked double bladed lightsaber. After Darth Maul killed Qui-Gon Jinn, it was only a matter of time before Obi-Wan Kenobi took him out.
Darth Maul was resurected by the Clone Wars animated series in 2012.
4. Count Dooku
The death of Count Dooku is important because this is where Anakin Skywalker crosses over to the Dark Side for good and becomes a pawn for Emperor Palpatine / Darth Sidious. In the first encounter with Dooku, Obi-Wan and Anakin got beat badly, with Anakin losing an arm. Yoda had to come in and save the day. In the rematch, the audience sees how powerful Anakin has become.
3. Darth Vader – Anakin Skywalker
The death of Darth Vader completes the trilogy of the original films. The fight between Luke and Vader in front of the Emperor is tense and emotional. There is real turmoil between the Light and the Dark Side as Luke defends his sister. Then Vader sacrifices himself to save his son. This act is the definition of redemption.
2. Han Solo
Han Solo’s death in The Force Awakens has to be the most emotional death in the Star Wars Universe. Fans finally get the return of Han, and he gets killed off by his kid.
Were you on the edge of your seat as Han walked towards Kylo Ren on the catwalk?
Never before has a scruffy looking nerf herder silenced a theater as Han’s lifeless body fell into the abyss. Fans would give anything to rewrite the ending of Star Wars: The Force Awakens to bring back their favorite smuggler.
1. Obi-Wan Kenobi
The death of Obi-Wan Kenobi at the hands of Darth Vader is one of the biggest mysteries of the Star Wars Universe and that is why it is ranked number one. As with the death of Yoda, Obi-Wan just vannishes into thin air. Did Vader kill him, or did Obi-Wan merge with the Force first?
There’s even a crazy Reddit thread that claims Obi-Wan killed himself to frame Vader, to turn Luke against his father.
The films never truly explain the Force ghost and how it works.
What do you think was the biggest death in the Star Wars Universe is?