It's hard to talk about Star Wars without talking about that who is probably the best villain in pop culture history, Darth Vader. With Vader's return to the franchise as a villain in Star Wars Rebels the animated series, we had to talk to showrunner Dave Filoni about the character.
In recent stories found in both the comic books from Marvel Comics and last spring's novel from Del Rey, Darth Vader has been focused a bit on his past, on how his life as Anakin is affecting his life today. He'll do that a bit in Rebels, Filoni revealed, but with a twist.
"Vader in this time, to me, is a pretty unrepentant person. He's aware of the guilt, but you have to remember that Anakin doesn't believe he did anything wrong, he believes everyone else betrayed him," Filoni explained. "Padme's death is a horrific side effect to what went down. I think he does feel responsibility there, because the Emperor made him believe it's his fault. But at the end of the day, as long as it's serving to consume him in anger and hate, and throw that out in the world, then I think it all works."
That's not the story he hopes to tell in Rebels, however.
"The story I want to tell is that there is this apprentice, the apprentice of Anakin Skywalker," he said referring to Ahsoka Tano. "'Anakin Skywalker taught her, and I need to destroy the memory of Anakin Skywalker' - that would be Vader's take on it. He doesn't want anyone to remember the good person that Anakin was, because 'that name no longer means anything to me.' That's where he's at."
Don't expect any redeeming moment for Darth Vader if and when he and Ahsoka finally come face-to-face, though.
"No one is going to turn Vader, except Luke. And even then, it almost doesn't happen. It's a tragic story at the end of the day, Darth Vader."
Check out the video above for more on Ahsoka and Rex, and one of the other clones coming back. Watch an all-new Star Wars Rebels Wednesday October 14 at 9:30pm ET/PT on Disney XD.