Apologies in advance this is a literal spitball post so if I ramble I’m sorry. I watched ROTS last night for the umpteenth time and for the first time I realized that outside of the opening R2 and Anakin don’t spend anytime together. Throughout the OT, PT and TCW our favourite astromech has followed our protagonists around through their highs and lows. it’s been said that Artoo acts almost like a narrator who has recorded these grand events in history across the GFFA. Both Artoo and Anakin care deeply about one another and it’s a fantastic friendship. I understand that pacing is critical at the climax of this film but I feel that we we’re cheated slightly to not see the affect on Artoo after only seeing Obi-Wan return to the Naboo cruiser. At this stage of the story Artoo and Anakin were almost inseparable bth going above and beyond to help one another especially during TCW. I would’ve loved to see an almost defeated/dejected/confused Artoo on the landing platform unsure whether to board and leave with Kenobi or stay and find his master. It just felt a little off I guess that after years being side by side someone who genuinely cared deeply about the astromech, he just trundles along with Kenobi as if it meant nothing. Then I got thinking about what if Artoo had stayed to find Anakin on that lava bank out of friendship. To be with his master in his final hours, minutes whatever. Would he have gone with the Emperor and then stuck with Vader and...down the rabbit hole my mind went. TLDR - I would’ve loved to have seen the impact of Anakin’s “death” on Mustafar had on Artoo. Thoughts?