Obi-Wan Kenobi: George Lucas had thought of the script as early as 1981 – News Series

The stories of Obi-Wan, Anakin, Padmé and Palpatine, which form a main element in the “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series, were conceived as early as 1981 by George Lucas. Back to the facts.

Warning, spoilers! The following article reveals important information about “Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi”.

An important element in Ben Kenobi’s story in the new Disney + series was revealed by George Lucas himself as early as 1981. Screenrant reveals that while working on Return of the Jedi, the director had begun to think about stories about Obi-Wan , Anakin, Padmé, and Emperor Palpatine, stories he would later describe in detail in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

Although George Lucas’ first draft does not perfectly match the plots in Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith, it informs Ben’s state of mind and his internal conflict portrayed in the series.

And it was during a production meeting for Return of the Jedi in 1981 that George Lucas detailed his thoughts on the fall of Anakin, his corrupt relationship to Palpatine and Padmé’s eventual death, which left Luke and Leia in the custody of the Lars family, for one, and of the royal house of Alderaan, for the other.

While most of George Lucas’ plans were implemented in Revenge of the Sith, some key details were changed, such as Anakin’s corruption to the dark side (which happened much less gradually in the film), his serious wounds on Mustafar and the respective eras of Luke and Leia at Padme’s death.

Yet George Lucas’ plan also made clear Obi-Wan’s extreme guilt over his lack of training for Anakin and his sense of responsibility for the nightmarish fascist regime that oppresses the galaxy.

This is now an essential part of his characterization in the series, depicting the once legendary Jedi, who has fallen into despair because of his guilt, weakening his ties to the Force. A feeling is heightened when he finds out that his corrupt former apprentice is still alive and forces him to confront Darth Vader twice.

But at the end of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, the character played by Ewan McGregor agrees with his “mistakes” and accepts his share of the “responsibility” in the horrors committed in the galaxy by Darth Vader, but above all the man well he once knew was dead – figuratively speaking – allowing him to resume his mission on Tatooine with renewed confidence.


In the continuity of the Star Wars universe, Obi-Wan never faced Darth Vader between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, but he learned that his former apprentice had survived their duel after becoming a hermit on Tatooine.

For some viewers, the version presented in the series is more interesting because it allows Obi-Wan to work through his guilt and accept that Anakin (Hayden Christensen) is no longer in a spectacular way: with Kenobi and Darth Vader’s conversation in the finale of the show that consolidates the state of mind from the first in The Return of the Jedi.

In the end, both iterations of Obi-Wan’s story agree with George Lucas’ vision, but in different ways. One allows the character to remain true to his mission to protect Luke and accept his guilt on his own, while the other makes his desperation obvious enough to disrupt his ultimate mission.

The filmmaker’s vision of 1981 also highlighted the strong friendship between Obi-Wan and Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits). Although these two have few adventures together outside of Revenge of the Sith, the Obi-Wan Kenobi series follows the director’s original plan and shows a deep degree of trust between the two characters who share the same goal: to overthrow the empire and protect the children of Anakin and Padmé.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi to be discovered or rediscovered on Disney +.

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