"You learn that Darth Vader isn’t this monster. He’s a pathetic individual who made a pact with the Devil and lost. And he’s trapped. He’s a sad, pathetic character, not a big evil monster. I mean, he’s a monster in that he’s turned to the dark side and he’s serving a bad master and he’s into power and he’s lost a lot of his humanity. In that way, he’s a monster, but beneath that, as Luke says in Return of the Jedi, early on, “I know there’s still good in you, I can sense it.” Only through the love of his children and the compassion of his children, who believe in him, even though he’s a monster, does he redeem himself." --George Lucas, quoted in J. Windolf, “Star Wars: The Last Battle,” Vanity Fair, 2005 Anakin only redeems himself in that he stops being evil and becomes good again. But in terms of making up for his crimes, he cannot do that since he dies shortly afterwards. People misunderstand redemption. This isn't about righting the wrongs, but about seeing who and what you are and casting it off. Turning away from it and repenting for your crimes.