Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Obi Wan Kenobi
Sithens revenge gave a relatively reasonable, albeit somewhat frivolous, explanation of Anakin’s original plan under Order 66 with Padmé, but a line of Obi Wan Kenobi completely undermined a key aspect of its strategy. After swearing allegiance to Palpatine in an attempt to save his wife, Anakin took on a series of gruesome missions on behalf of his new emperor. It was only when Obi-Wan intervened against Mustafar that Anakin’s original vision for a future with Padmé seriously fell apart. But even though he could not have foreseen his need for a survival suit after the duel, part of his rebirth as Darth Vader may not be visible.
A key question raised throughout Obi Wan Kenobi is who knew exactly that Darth Vader was Anakin Skywalker. The revelation that Anakin is alive had a huge impact on the titular protagonist at the end of episode 2, emphasizing that Vader’s true identity is not widely known in the galaxy. This fact is further reinforced in Obi Wan Kenobi episode 5, when Obi-Wan asks Reva “you knew who Vader was – back on Daiyu – how did you know that?, Emphasizing that even within the ranks of the inquisitors, truth is a closely guarded secret. However, in addition to raising serious narrative consistency issues, this desire for secrecy also points to a major flaw in Anakin’s plan.
In his exchange with Reva, Obi-Wan continues: “Vader would have kept it hidden”Referring to his true identity. This suggests a desire to distance oneself from Anakin Skywalker in the wake of Order 66 to start on a fresh one like Palpatine’s right hand man. Still, this plan makes no sense, because if it were not for Vader’s signature costume to hide him, he would instantly have been recognizable as one of Clone Wars’ most famous fighters – even with the name change. He had no way of predicting. that he would have to be behind a mask for the rest of his life, his declared desire to keep his life as Anakin hidden seems to stretch the realm of gullibility to the breaking point.
Both prequel and wider series Star wars the media makes it clear that Anakin Skywalker was a famous figure throughout the galaxy. Not only was he a legendary warrior in the Clone Wars, fighting alongside many different allies, but he was also an important face in Coruscant’s high society – mingling with the Republic’s senators, even before he fell over Palpatine. The idea that no one could have recognized him after he left the moniker Anakin Skywalker in favor of Darth Vader seems almost impossible.
Without his loss to Mustafar, all hope for Anakin to completely reinvent himself would have been lost. But the circumstances surrounding this defeat and their consequences for wearing the mask were completely beyond his control. Of course, given his emotional intensity Sithens revenge autumn, it is quite possible that Anakin was not able to rationally think of the persona he would assume in the new empire. Still, Obi-Wan and Reva’s replacement makes it clear that hiding “Anakin” would always have been a top priority. As the realities of this plan show, such a result would have been impossible without a turnaround. Adding additional layers to Star wars lore always risks raising more questions than answers. In this case, Obi Wan Kenobi conclusively proved that the result Anakin intended after falling to the dark side was still doomed.
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