Spoilers: Five 'Rogue One' scenes that might freak your little kids out

Brian Truitt, USA TODAY
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SPOILER ALERT: This story contains important plot details about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Jyn Erso (center, Felicity Jones) leads a Rebel rally in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.'

Kids and Star Wars have always gone together like peanut butter and jelly or C-3PO and R2-D2. But there is that word "war" in the title, and the newest franchise film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story goes all in when it comes to explosions, gunplay and casualties of battle.

Children in the 1980s who grew up witnessing Darth Vader strike down Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars and watching that one little Ewok die in Return of the Jedi now are taking their own little ones to the new film. (And by the looks of the box office, a lot of audience members are going Rogue this weekend.)

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Here are five scenes where you might consider hiding sensitive eyes and/or talk about themes of hope and loss after the credits roll.

This is your last chance to bail. Many spoilers follow. 

Mad Mikkelsen plays Jyn's father Galen Erso, a key person in the development of the Death Star.

Young Jyn watches her mom die.

Situations are intense from the very start, especially for Rogue One heroine Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones). The movie opens with a flashback where Imperial Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) hunts down scientist Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) and his family. It's a rough beginning, for sure, but remind your own kids that Jyn's going to be OK and she wants to be brave just like her mom.

Being a Rebel spy is not the greatest job for Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) in 'Rogue One.'

Our heroes make tough decisions.

Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) is one of the primary good guys, though he does some questionable things: He murders an informant in a cosmic trading outpost, and he's given the secret order later to assassinate Jyn's father. He doesn't end up taking the shot, but Rebel bombs do lead to Galen's death — again, in front of Jyn. Might be a good time to let children know that Galen died a hero and Jyn is proud of him. 

Rebel X-Wings and U-Wings take on Imperial Walkers in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.'

The battles are pervasive and violent.

There are sequences where the action lets up, but they're few and far between. There's a hugely destructive first blast from the Death Star, and the final act is a nonstop barrage in space and on land. It may be beneficial for small kids to take a breather, hit the bathroom or grab some popcorn — the movie will still be there when you get back.

K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) sees quite a bit of action.

K-2SO is destroyed.

The good news is our heroes succeed in getting the Death Star plans. The bad news is there are sacrifices made. The most emotional for kids — and many adults — will be watching the colorful droid K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) take blast after blast while helping Jyn and Cassian. 

Darth Vader looms large again as a big-screen presence in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.'

Darth Vader brutalizes Rebel soldiers.

Children who've already seen the first Star Wars movie know that Vader is not a very nice guy. But the Sith lord and his lethal lightsaber star in arguably the most intense and horrific scene in Rogue One. If children are still shook at the end, one recommendation would be letting them watch Return of the Jedi soon after and showing them how Vader ultimately saves his son Luke in his one last act of redemption.

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