I realize there has been a number of topics on Anakin's turn to the Dark Side, when he first becomes Darth Vader, etc. If this is too redundant, feel free to kill this thread Windy. The question is, do you think Anakin will have a chance to do away with Palpatine before he turns to the Dark Side? I was reading a thread where someone thought that Anakin essentially HAD to turn to the Dark Side before Balance could be restored to the Force. I was thinking that Anakin's choice would have much more impact if he had had the chance to "end this madness" and decided to go DS and join Palpatine. There's obviously a major theme of free will, choice and destiny running through SW - Mace and Yoda keep telling Obi-Wan, "you must have faith that Anakin will choose the right path". Well, if he doesn't really have a choice in turning to the DS b/c he's in pain or otherwise coerced, or that he HAD to turn before Balance is restored, his redemption doesn't have as much impact in the end. That could be one way Lucas surprises the fans for Episode III as well. We've all seen the OT 8,000 times - imagine watching Episode III and being shown that all of the suffering and evil of the Empire in the OT didn't have to happen, if Anakin had just resisted temptation? What do you think?