Obi-Wan Kenobi wanted Anakin Skywalker to be saved

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The following contains possible spoilers for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series.

While Obi-Wan Kenobi often advised Luke Skywalker on the need to defeat Darth Vader, his real feelings about his former apprentice were much more contradictory throughout the story. star wars saga. In Mackenzi Lee’s short story, “There Is Always Another,” in the anthology From a certain point of view: The empire strikes back Obi-Wan Kenobi reflected on his past and the forces that shaped Anakin while trying to convince Luke Skywalker to stay on Dagobah. Lee’s portrayal of Obi-Wan could hint at the direction Obi-Wan will take in the next Obi Wan Kenobi series. While a confrontation between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan seems to be confirmed for the series, Obi-Wan can still try to call on the man that was Anakin.


Obi-Wan’s turbulent feelings towards Anakin were evident throughout the original trilogy. In Star Wars: A New Hope, Obi-Wan’s first explanation of Anakin and his supposed murder by Darth Vader could be interpreted as Obi-Wan shielding Luke from the truth until Luke is ready for that knowledge. However, this explanation also showed that Obi-Wan was still reluctant to completely give up on Anakin. He separated Anakin from Darth Vader in part because on some level Obi-Wan hoped there was a chance to redeem the man he helped raise.

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In “There’s Always Another”, Obi-Wan’s conflicting thoughts took center stage. As the story opened with the line “I had hoped that dying would be enough to untangle me from the problems of the Skywalker family”, Obi-Wan’s reflections made it clear that even in death he was still struggling with Anakin’s fate. The story took place during Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back on Dagobah as Luke prepared to leave the planet to rescue Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO, but Obi-Wan’s thoughts changed throughout his life and afterlife as well.


While Obi-Wan was a strong supporter of the Jedi and the Council before the fall of the Republic, “There’s Always Another” showed that he had become much more conflicted with the Jedi and their role in the world. shaping Anakin’s fate after the rise of the Empire. Obi-Wan explained that he didn’t really question the Jedi Order and Council because so many of their teachings had been ingrained in him from an early age. Obi-Wan credited Qui-Gon Jinn with trying to influence Obi-Wan to ask more questions, but Obi-Wan ultimately disregarded Qui-Gon’s teachings as much as he would have. could in this regard. After exile, Obi-Wan realized that he never really understood who he wanted to be as a Jedi until the responsibility of training and raising Anakin was thrust upon him.


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Obi-Wan’s exile on Tatooine gave Obi-Wan more time to analyze the Jedi, the Council, their triumphs and failures. Although Obi-Wan concluded that he was not the mentor and parent figure Anakin needed, he could also see issues with the structure of the Jedi Order that led to Anakin’s fate. The prophecy surrounding Anakin’s birth was the origin of Anakin’s struggles with the Jedi Order. In addition to Sheev Palpatine’s manipulations, the council’s attempts to get Anakin to realize his interpretation of his fate sealed his undoing. Obi-Wan explained, “Yoda and the council tried to force [Anakin] into a mold it would never fit, and you can only be pushed, pulled, and reformed before you break. […] Any Jedi would have fallen.” Obi-Wan also acknowledged his own role in Anakin’s downfall and regretted not fighting harder for Anakin in life.


Obi-Wan’s conflicting thoughts in “There’s Always Another” could represent his state of mind in the Obi Wan Kenobi series. If so, the upcoming showdown between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader could be even more emotionally charged, in part due to Obi-Wan’s own feelings of guilt. Obi-Wan could still try to save Anakin even though audiences know any attempt at this point in the Skywalker saga would be doomed.

Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres its first two episodes Friday, May 27 on Disney+. The series will run for six episodes until June 22.


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