The Disney + Obi-Wan Kenobi show will see Darth Vader have a rematch with his former master, but the events of Star Wars suggest he can’t win.

Darth Vader will have a rematch with Obi-Wan Kenobi on the latter’s upcoming Disney + show, but the events of Star Wars: A New Hope it means the Sith Lord cannot win, at least not without changing (or breaking) the canon. After years of rumors about a movie based on the Jedi fact, Lucasfilm announced Obi-Wan Kenobi in 2019. The TV show is bringing Ewan McGregor back, and it will take place a decade after the events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Although the focus will obviously be on the title character, Obi-Wan Kenobi will have at least one other familiar face in the mix: Darth Vader.

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Confirmed in December 2020, Hayden Christensen will reprise his role as Vader for the show, and not only that, but it is confirmed that the pair will have a rematch of some kind. This is somewhat surprising, given that everything in Star Wars so far has implied that their duel in A new hope it was the first time they had met since Anakin Skywalker’s fall to the dark side. There’s room for maneuver on this though, as the 1977 movie never explicitly states when they last faced off (and they couldn’t, given that the prequels wouldn’t happen for several decades). But while the rematch between Vader and Obi-Wan doesn’t necessarily break Star Wars canon, you could potentially do it depending on the result.

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While it’s unclear how the showdown between the Jedi Master and his former Padawan will play out, their encounter in the original Star Wars suggests that Darth Vader can’t win. When they meet face to face on the Death Star, Vader says to Obi-Wan: “I’ve been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, finally. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was only the apprentice; now I am the master.” While the idea of ​​him leaving Obi-Wan would fit with him simply leaving the Jedi to join Palpatine and become a Sith, Vader ties this to the last time they met and to him as a student. And if it were “the newbie” The last time they met, although that could still apply to their rematch, it would indicate that he does not win, as it seems unlikely otherwise that he would refer to himself in those terms.

Obi-Wan vs Darth Vader Duels with lightsabers in Star Wars

Darth Vader becomes an almighty Sith Lord in the intervening years Revenge of the Sith Y A new hope, and with the dark side comes more arrogance and confidence in his abilities (two things Anakin already had in abundance). If Vader had defeated Obi-Wan after Revenge of the Sith, so while not completely impossible, it wouldn’t make much sense to say that it was still “the newbie” the last time they met, and only now is he the master. Since the show is about Obi-Wan, not Vader, then it makes sense that the titular character doesn’t lose the rematch, since he’s the hero of the story, though it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that he won’t win either. Whether Vader and Obi-Wan face off in person or, as possible, given the Force bonds shown in the Star Wars Aftermath, through the Force itself, the most likely outcome may be a stalemate.

Since both characters survive, at least neither kills the other. It is possible to win without killing, of course, but there is no indication that he was not particularly hurt by what is happening here either, although there is plenty of time for the wounds to heal or fix. Obi-Wan and Darth Vader already have one win each, so perhaps the most interesting way to leave their legacy is with a draw; since they eventually reconnect when Anakin returns to the light side, then the fact that neither is the overall “winner” of their fight trilogy could be a good way to cement the pair as equals in Star Wars.

It’s not impossible for Obi-Wan to win as it would still fit Vader’s words in A new hope (possibly even more), and there would be a way to do it tinged with sadness and regret at having to confront his former student and friend once more. It all depends on the story, but there is a risk that it has less narrative weight in that decision, since it is something that the public has seen before and repeats some of the themes of Revenge of the Sith. Having a draw, or having Obi-Wan walk away from Vader’s rematch while he has the upper hand, may be the best option to meet his character arc and stay true to what has been established in Star Wars previously.

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