We all know the top of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. We all know the start of Star Wars: A New Hope. However in between there’s a vital, never-before-seen second that’s each so apparent and but so missed, it was ripe to be on the heart of Disney+’s new Star Wars present, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
“[Obi-Wan] believes he killed [Anakin] at the end of Revenge of the Sith,” present producer and director Deborah Chow confirmed to io9. “I think that’s something that’s sometimes a little bit overlooked, but it’s quite significant. So for us, on the show, he doesn’t know [Anakin is alive] yet.”
Which means there’s a second the place Obi-Wan finds out that his former apprentice Anakin Skywalker, a person who turned to the Darkish Facet, a person he thinks he’s defeated and saved the galaxy from, a person whose kids he’s actively hiding, shouldn’t be solely nonetheless alive, he’s extra highly effective than ever. Chow defined that that “crucial” piece of knowledge is one instance of a change she and author Joby Harold had been actually excited to dive into.
“One of the biggest questions Joby and I were always asking is, ‘How did he go from the end of Revenge of the Sith where he’s this warrior screaming on the banks of Mustafar to sort of the calm and the peace of Alec Guinness?” Chow mentioned. “Something obviously happened in that 20 years and in large part that’s the story we’re trying to tell.”
However, there’s also the end of the story to think about. The fact that, 45 years ago, audiences saw Darth Vader acknowledge not having felt Kenobi in a very long time—as well as their final dual, where Vader says, “I’ve been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you I was but the learner, now I’m the master.” We asked Chow how much consideration was placed into making sure those two iconic moments don’t lose their power or meaning now that we know Vader and Kenobi met sometime in between.
“It’s something we really did look at and obviously, it’s not something you do lightly,” she said. “We didn’t want to bring [Darth Vader] again only for the sake of bringing him again. However actually, it got here out of, we’re attempting to do a personality present. It’s called Obi-Wan Kenobi. So we actually had been taking a look at him going, ‘What’s been necessary in his life? The place is he at this level?’ And we’re popping out of Revenge of the Sith. And clearly, every little thing that occurred with Order 66 and Anakin and a lot of that weight is coming into the sequence with us that it simply felt pure Anakin/Vader could be a part of this. It’s so linked to the place he’s in his life at this second.”
In exploring Kenobi’s life at this second, Chow hopes the present offers followers an entire new perspective on certainly one of their favourite characters. “Our hope is really that at the end of the show, you’ll feel like you really connected and that you know Obi-Wan on a much deeper level and that you’ve really gotten more invested in his character as a result,” she mentioned. “That’s something that was really interesting when we were looking at this character, is that we love this character and we feel like we know him so well. But, you know, there’s actually not that much that we do know about him.”
We’re about to be taught way more about him when Obi-Wan Kenobi begins on Disney+ subsequent week. We’ll have extra from Deborah Chow quickly too.
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