I had a thought last night which I can't get out of my head.
How old was Luke Skywalker supposed to be in Star Wars, A New Hope? 17, 18, 20?
Whatever age him and Princess Leia were supposed to be, that makes Darth Vader about 40. Even if you put a couple of years between the events of A New Hope and Return of the Jedi, he can't be more than 45 tops when he pops his clogs.
You could argue that the stresses of such a high pressure job were to blame. It's a sobering thought for those of us who grew up on the original films and are now rapidly approaching that age. If only he'd calmed down, let some of the other suits have a bit of the glory (I'm thinking of Don Henderson here) perhaps it wouldn't have all gone pear shaped the way it did.
The magic all goes the older you get. When you start realising just how much raw material a Death Star would take. And the cost! They don't grow on trees you know. And they build two! It would have been
cheaper and far simpler to just lob a couple of big asteroids at Alderaan, but I suppose that lacks finesse.
Anyway, Darh Vader, dead at forty, full of self loathing, doing a high pressure job he hated. There's a moral in there somewhere, but I haven't got a clue what it is.