Here's What The Original, Far Less Tragic Ending Of Rogue One Would Have Been

By now, it's common knowledge that Rogue One does not end happily for any of the main characters. Sure, they accomplish their goal, and that goal makes many major things possible, but they never get to see the fruits of their labour. In early versions of the script, however, that was not the case.

Jyn and Cassian had a different fate in earlier versions of Rogue One. Image: Disney

While director Gareth Edwards has admitted this in the past, Rogue One's first writer Gary Whitta just gave all the details of the original ending to Entertainment Weekly

After Jyn and Cassian stole the plans, they ran across the beach (a shot seen in early preview footage) and a Rebel ship dropped down to pick them up. Once in space, Leia's ship met up with Jyn and Cassian's, but with Darth Vader's Star Destroyer in pursuit. They transferred the data to Leia's ship just as their ship was destroyed. However, as the first shot of A New Hope happened in the back of the frame, a small escape pod ejected from the destroyed wreckage, indicating Jyn and Cassian had survived.

It's obviously a much happier ending, but Whitta said it just didn't feel right.

"The fact that we had to jump through so many hoops to keep them alive was the writing gods telling us that if they were meant to live it wouldn't be this difficult," Whitta told EW. "We decided they should die on the surface [of Scarif], and that was the way it ended. We were constantly trying to make all the pieces fit together. We tried every single idea. Eventually, through endless development you get through an evolutionary process where the best version rises to the top."

It's worth noting this version was never shot. It just existed on the page.

Entertainment Weekly has many more details at the link, and it's definitely worth a read. Rogue One hits Blu-ray on April 5.

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    It wasn't tragic. They got what they deserved.

      Exactly. Terrorists with fanatical religious leaders pulling the strings.

    If they had survived, it would also raise the question of why they weren't in Episode IV, still fighting for the cause.

      They could have made it work. With everyone being killed off, I struggle to find any connection between them, outside token efforts. For something so dramatic, you'd expect the Rebels to play it up back about the sacrifices made, etc etc, like how in RotJ they talk about Manny Bothans dieing to get those plans.

      I think it would have segued better if some of the characters survived and became secondary characters in A New Hope. There are ways it could have worked - have them become squad leaders, or even end the movie with them being the soldiers dieing to Vader on Leia's ship. Or, after passing the info to Leia, have any survivors head to Alderaan to talk to the council there. No need to show the repercussions, thats already known.

      As it was, it just felt they severed the connection too much, so in the end it doesnt feel as connected to the rest of the story as it could have.

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