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Friday, January 6, 2017

The Significance of Darth Vader's Castle

Midway through Rogue One, it's casually revealed that Darth Vader has a castle on Mustafar where he seems to rest when he's not carrying out the Emperor's orders. It's the site of his dramatic introduction and subsequent meeting with Director Krennic. The film doesn't dwell on the castle in the slightest, but it could have some serious implications.
The concept of Vader's castle is hardly a new one. In the Expanded Universe, he has both a palace on Coruscant and Bast Castle on Vjun. As Rogue One showed, the canon version is on a much more personal location for the Sith Lord: the lava planet where he truly became Darth Vader after suffering horrific injuries at the blade of his best friend, Obi-Wan Kenobi. 
The fact that he would choose to regularly return to this site of pain and anguish suggests that this is a form of penance for him. In his bacta tank, Vader must meditate and reflect upon his past, especially his life-changing first visit to Mustafar many years ago. 
Would the folks over at Lucasfilm introduce this major detail to the Star Wars canon and then never go back to it again? Perhaps. But it seems likely that the brief appearance of Vader's castle in Rogue One is actually meant to set up a plot detail in Episode VIII next December.

Kylo Ren's obsession with Vader is no secret, and he would surely visit his grandfather's old sanctum if he had the chance. As a powerful source of Dark Side energy, it could be where Snoke finishes Kylo's training, as he promised at the end of The Force Awakens
In fact, concept art of Vader's castle next to a river of lava was seen in The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (via Movieweb), confirming that there had been plans for it to appear in the Sequel Trilogy, even if it was going to be in a more frigid climate.
Returning to Mustafar in Episode VIII would also help to calm fans who were frustrated that The Force Awakens pretty much ignored all of the events and locations of the Prequel Trilogy. And it would be undeniably amazing to see another lightsaber duel on the volcanic terrain.

We can be sure that Vader's castle will return, one way or another. Star Wars Rebels mentioned that Mustafar is "where Jedi go to die," and the series has explored ancient Sith lore in the past, so we could very well see another Rogue One tie-in (the first being Saw Gerrera's reintroduction in this week's episode) in the form of a visit to Vader's castle in the future.
When do you think Vader's castle will reappear? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all. 

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