Empty (Evil) Promises
Anakin was fooled into thinking that the Dark Side could help him save Padmé’s life. Only someone as evil as Palpatine would say anything to get the young Jedi on side. He knew how powerful and therefore, vulnerable Skywalker was when it came to those he cared for and he used this information to his advantage.
Despite not being obvious on the outside, it was clear that Palpatine wanted Ahsoka out of the way so Anakin’s bond with her wouldn’t be a distraction. Then there was everything that happened that Padmé. It’s unclear if the evil Chancellor actually planted the visions of the senator’s death in Skywalker’s mind but we know he was capable of anything. Same applies with the hints of Shmi’s death.
When the promises weren’t delivered, it was too late. Anakin had become a shadow of the man he had once been. He saw the Jedi as the evil and the Dark Side as the one thing that would save the galaxy. In the end, he realised that Palpatine had given him nothing but misery and that there was no going back for him. That is, until Luke learned the truth and sought a way to redeem the father he barely knew.
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