A few more random thoughts on Episode III.
At some point between Eps. II and III, both Anakin and Obiwan must become better duelers. The Attack of the Clones book with all the pictures (drawing a blank on its name at the moment) talks about the different "Forms" of lightsaber combat. It discusses how most Jedi are now trained in Form 3- since that is the kind used most to deflect blaster fire. It discusses how Dooku sticks with Form 2- which is more of a fencing form. It also discusses how Anakin has begun to study Form 4- which is based on strength and power.
Anyhow-- at some point before Ep. III, Anakin must progress in his lightsaber prowess to the point that he can defeat Dooku- and subsequently defeat the remaining Jedi knights... Also at some point before Ep. III, Obiwan must progress his lightsaber prowess to the point that he can defeat Anakin.. Perhaps Anakin will be wounded by his battle with Dooku.... Perhaps BOTH Dooku and Anakin will plummet into the lava, and the Emperor will decide to save Anakin- leaving Anakin indebted to him. Perhaps the Emperor will tell Anakin that the jedi have left him-- creating a hatred for the Jedi by Anakin.... (Golly I love all the fun speculation)
But- the point of my post-- at some point in time there is going to have to be a tremendous amount of deception. Somehow the Emperor and Anakin are going to have to think that both Yoda and Obiwan are dead. In addition, somehow Anakin is going to have to think that Padme is dead. And Anakin and the Emperor are going to have to not know about Luke and Leia.
Man-- Episode III is going to be friggin awesome.
I wonder if Lucas will consider another "Shadows of the Empire" type intermediary to firm up some of the issues that will be unresolved between Ep. II and Ep. III.