Obi-Wan Kenobi has been one of the greatest Jedi Warrior of the franchise and Darth Vader has also been the greatest villain of Star wars when the both of them get in a duel the whole world gets chills. But there was a moment when Obi-Wan Kenobi had a chance to finish the greatest villain of the franchise but he chose not to. Why did he decide to do that? Let’s take a look
As everyone knows Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, of them, had a great relationship for a long time until Anakin decide to follow in the footsteps of Palpatine. Anakin was the padawan of Kenobi, he taught many things to Anakin and taught him to be a good Jedi. But even though they were together he was taking a big risk of leaving Darth Vader alive because he was a Sith Lord and the person who killed many Jedi Warriors.
The final episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi which was released on Disney+ made everyone question their thoughts. Let’s take a complete look at why Kenobi decided to choose that path, was it because of love, past, or emotions?
The epic duel between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi
In the final episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Kenobi tries to distract Vader away from the people that were on beard. Then he tasks Haja Elstree to make sure of Lei’s safety. Obi-Wan then decided to leave the drop ship and both of them, Vader And Kenobi get on board. Then we get to see Vader and Obi-Wan facing each other again on a nearby deserted planet.
The Sith Lord and the Jedi Master get in a duel once again. Vader again proves to be the strongest than Obi-Wan. He buries him under a pile of boulders and matter making sure that he is dead, he gets on his way. But Kenobi makes his comeback once again.
Obi-wan remembers that he still has a duty to fulfill, he remembers that he has to be back on his feet again for Luke because he had sworn to protect him. He remembers Luke and Leia and his duty to protect them. he finds his strength once again and confronts Vader. This time he gives a good match to Vader and destroys his suit.
Vader’s helmet breaks and Obi-Wan finally gets a look at his former Padwan. when he takes a look in the eye of Vader he hopes that he’ll find a charm as he did in Anakin. He hopes that he’ll find his friend again in that darkness. But Vader makes sure to tell Kenobi that his friend has already gone long ago. He makes sure that Anakin Skywalker is dead.
The battle between Obi-Wan and Anakin is always one of the epic moments in the franchise. After Vader’s helmet gets opened, Obi-Wan gets in tears. He realizes the pain Anakin had to go through and says, “I’m sorry, Anakin. For all of it,” then Vader replies with his ripped mask, “I am not your failure, Obi-Wan. You didn’t kill Anakin Skywalker. I did.”
Obi-Wan then realizes that his former Padawan, Anakin Skywalker is actually dead. Although he has the full situation under control and can kill Vader right on the spot if he wants to, he chooses to let him go.
Obi-Wan thinks that he had already killed Anakin once after their epic battle on Mustafar when he left Anakin to die on the shores. But Vader had again survived that moment because Obi-Wan had hesitated to put the final blow on his former Padawan and this time was no different.
Why Obi-Wan Didn’t Kill Darth Vader?
The main reason why Obi-Wan stopped to give the final blow to Vader was after seeing his burned face inside that black mask. he started to realize that the Evil Force was consuming him and the pain he was going through because of it. After seeing the face of Vader, Obi-Wan gets completely stopped in his tracks and gets filled with emotions.
Obi-Wan gets filled with sorrow and sadness after looking at the current situation of his former Padawan. filled with sorrow Obi-Wan apologizes to Vader that he let him become such evil but Vader states that it wasn’t his fault it is himself who had killed Anakin skywalker.
When they had fought previously on Mustafar, Obi-Wan didn’t kill Vader because he thought that there was some of Anakin still left on Darth Vader, but this time he accepts the cold fact that Anakin Skywalker is no more, only Darth Vader.
He doesn’t even try to talk to Anakin, he finally accepts that his former Padawan is already gone. Kenobi won the match and instead of going for the final blow, he chooses to let Vader walk away. The main reason why he didn’t kill Obi-Wan was that he was a member of the Jedi.
The Jedi are the guardians of the galaxy, their duty is to protect people and not kill them. A Jedi never takes a life, they are brave warriors of the galaxy. They are warriors who fight for justice and they fight without weapons because of their immense trust in the Force. It almost seemed like it was his biggest weakness to let Darth Vader live, but it was his biggest strength.
Even Reva did the same thing in the final episode by letting Luke live. She forced herself to get out of the Dark Side. She didn’t let the Dark Force control her and found her back.
Jedi and Sith have a big difference. Sith doesn’t read people, they see them as friends or enemies, but a Jedi knows how to act with their enemies and friend. Obi-Wan looked at Darth Vader from the same perspective, he knew that life is more important than death to people. He showed mercy over hatred and chose life over death. He chose Vader to go away because he was a true Jedi warrior.
Obi-Wan let Vader live which was an important decision
Letting Vader live was one of the important decisions made by Obi-Wan. This proved to be the right decision and also seemed like the decision made some great character development for Obi-Wan Kenobi.
After letting Vader live, he even saw the Force ghost of Qui-Gon, his old master. After finally seeing him Qui-Gon said, “I was always here Obi-Wan. You were just not ready to see it.” Although he struggles to connect with the Force.
It was an important decision to let the Sith Lord live, but it was the right one. It showed that Obi-Wan was still following the true principle although Anakin had betrayed him and killed other Jedi members. Learning to forgive and choosing life over death showed that he was a true Jedi Master.
In the episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi, episode 5, he had once told his Padawan that a Jedi never kills. A Jedi’s goal is not to take life but to defend it. His important decision showed that he was still intact with the Jedi code. By refusing to kill the Sith Lord, he showed that he was still dedicated to the Jedi rules.
By showing his devotion to the Jedi and showing mercy over revenge, he portrayed what a true Jedi look like. This was one of the best decisions that Obi-Wan has ever made. He could see the force of his master and even got the title ‘true Jedi Warror’.
He had the perfect chance to kill Vader with the perfect spot but she realized that life is more important than death which was a true act of a Jedi. Just like Obi-Wan, Reva also made a great decision just like Obi-Wan. She chose the decision and decided to spare Luke which helped her to get herself away from the Dark Force. She could finally see the true path.
Thoughts of Fans on Darth Vader vs Obi-Wan Kenobi
The fans were in shock after seeing the decision that was made by Obi-Wan. The battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader left the whole world stunned. It didn’t take any time for the fans of Star Wars to tell their thought on social media.
The moments were emotional and heartbreaking at the same time. Of course, it will be emotional. How can someone not cry after seeing the sorrow that Vader had to face, and the sorrow that Kenobi was feeling for him… Let’s take a look at what the fans had to say about this epic moment.
Some say, “The finale to Obi-Wan Kenobi was insane That battle between Kenobi & Darth Vader is probably the top 1 coolest thing I’ve seen in my entire life” and expressed their thoughts as “I just finished watching OBI-WAN KENOBI episode 6 it was Amazing Obi-wan vs Darth Vader battle was Awesome and the moment they shared leaving Obi-wan heartbroken and the ending was great Qui Gon Jinn finally appeared too bad it was the last episode.”
I just finshed watching OBI-WAN KENOBI episode 6 it was Amazing Obi-wan vs Darth Vader battle was Awesome and the moment they shared leaving Obi-wan heart broken and the ending was great Qui Gon Jinn finally appeared too bad it was last episode.#ObiWanKenobi#DarthVader pic.twitter.com/bCF2ZlBOpD
— Grzegorz Galuba (@gregohanhero) June 22, 2022
Truly, the episode consisted of everything. There was the epic battle of the greatest characters of Star Wars and the story couldn’t have been more sad and epic.