A deleted scene from Revenge of the Sith actually appears in the film’s now decanonized novelization detailing a clone squad donning Jedi robes to deceive the Jedi.
Order 66, as shown in 2005 Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, it was a shocking betrayal, as Clone Troopers across the galaxy turned on the Jedi who, just moments before, were their comrades and leaders in the war against the Separatist forces. The single most treacherous act was the attack on the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, led by Anakin Skywalker, which resulted in the slaughter of countless Padawans and hatchlings. However, the clones played another role in that siege, detailed in a sequence cut from the film.
Published unfinished in 2010, and elaborated on in the film’s novelization (which is no longer considered canon), the scene shows the worst and most painful betrayal of the Clone Troopers when a detachment donned the robes of the Order to set a trap for any Jedi who responded. to the false flame to return home. This ploy feels even more sinister than executions on the battlefields.
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In the incomplete scene, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda return to the Jedi Temple, where they are greeted by the impostors. Obi-Wan says, “You clones are terrible Jedi,” before the clones fire their blasters at the two Jedi Masters. Of course, Yoda and Obi-Wan are faster and easily defeat the clones.
The novelization provides additional details, revealing that the fake Jedi are eight members of Decoy squad five, a detachment of the 501st Legion under the leadership of Anakin Skywalker. However, in the prose sequence, Obi-Wan and Yoda unfold their own deceptions: Obi-Wan pretends to be a homeless beggar with a young Jedi, that is, a Jedi, who seeks refuge in the temple. When the clones search for proof that the boy is a Jedi, Yoda jumps into action and says: “My lightsaber, the first clue would be, huh?
Obi-Wan, however, seeks to prevent any violence, but the clones drop their blasters anyway. “Six seconds later,” the novel says, “all eight were dead.”
The use of the Jedi robes in the ploy becomes more sinister and heartbreaking with further reflection: the clones likely removed the robes from the bodies of the Jedi they had slain moments before this altercation. But even if the robes hadn’t actually been taken from the dead, they still belonged to the same Jedi the clones had betrayed. Those robes are a symbol of his order and are supposed to symbolize peace, not deception.
Order 66 nearly wiped out the Jedi entirely, and the Order’s few survivors not only have to live with that failure, but also with the knowledge that they were destroyed by those they trusted.
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