Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 40 years or so, you’re probably familiar with a little film series known as Star Wars. Maybe you’ve seen every scene shot by George Lucas and can recite any of the movies from heart, or maybe you only saw one of the films once just to shut up your significant other at the time who wouldn’t stop talking about Yoda.
Whatever your level of fandom, there are always new things to learn about the Star Wars universe, and listed below are 25 interesting tidbits about the series that you probably didn’t know. You may laugh or you may cringe, but either way you’ll leave with a greater amount of useless, albeit fascinating, info. Come on, get your geek on.
1. George Lucas had a different ending in mind.
While it’s widely held that Lucas wanted a “happy” ending for the theatrical version of Return of the Jedi, he pitched a much darker version during a story session. Essentially the scene at the end with Luke and Vader stays the same, with Vader sacrificing himself to save Luke and kill the Emperor (Spoiler? Nah, you’ve seen it a thousand times), but when Luke helps remove Vader’s mask, something drastically different happens.
The transcript from the session shows Luke removing Vader’s mask and putting it on himself, proclaiming himself the new Vader and pledging to destroy the Rebels. Basically, the exact opposite of what you might expect to happen. The only thing that kept Lucas from using such an ending was that he wanted the ending to be kid-friendly.