Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 6 spoilers follow.
Ever since Obi-Wan Kenobi revealed its trick card by focusing on Leia, Star Wars fans have wondered how in the galaxy that fits with the canon.
We are, of course, talking about Leia’s message to Obi-Wan in A New Hope which she starts by saying, “General Kenobi, years ago you served my father in the Clone Wars”. Bit odd that she didn’t say, “Years ago, you kept saving me after I didn’t do what you said and got caught”.
The message suggested that Leia had no personal connection to Obi-Wan, but we now know that to not be true as they’ve gone through six episodes of adventure together. Obi-Wan Kenobi writer and executive producer Joby Harold had promised fans answers though.
“We talked about it a lot. And we’re looking to the show airing in its forward so that hopefully all questions are answered fully,” he teased. “But yes, all I can say is we’re very cognisant of that, and of canon.”
And now that the finale has landed, we know that Harold was/wasn’t true to his word. Major spoilers ahead as we delve into Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s final episode (well, unless there’s a season two for the planned limited series).
The final episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi is substantial split between two conflicts: Obi-Wan versus Vader and Reva’s pursuit of Luke on Tatooine.
Vader initially looks like having the upper hand on Obi-Wan during their epic duel after he literally gets the high ground by burying Obi-Wan. Thinking of Luke and Leia though gives Obi-Wan the strength to break out and beat down on Vader, cracking his helmet for an emotional chat with his former padawan.
“I’m sorry, Anakin. For all of it,” Obi-Wan tells him, with Vader responding: “I am not your failure, Obi-Wan. You didn’t kill Anakin Skywalker. I did. The same way I will destroy you.”
After bidding a farewell to Vader (but not killing him, because canon), Obi-Wan senses that Luke is in danger on Tatooine from Reva, so he dashes over to that planet. He didn’t need to rush though as Reva can’t bring herself to hurt Luke, seeing the error of her ways.
Reva brings Luke back to Owen and Beru, with Obi-Wan already having joined them. Reva opens up to Obi-Wan about failing her fellow younglings who were slaughtered, but Obi-Wan assures her that by “showing mercy, you have given them peace”. Awww.
Obi-Wan tells Reva that she’s now “free” like he is and she can choose her own path going forward. With that, the major plots of the season are wrapped up, so the final episode then turns to resolve a handful of potential Star Wars plot holes.
First up, if Vader is so intent on tracking down Obi-Wan during this season, how come he doesn’t seem that fussed by the time A New Hope rolls around? Enter a surprise appearance from Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) who has some wise words for his apprentice.
“I wonder if your thoughts are clear on this, Lord Vader. Perhaps your feelings for your old master have left you weakened. If your past cannot be overcome…,” Palpatine worries, but Vader interrupts him: “Kenobi means nothing. I serve only you, my Master.”
Now onto Leia and why she pretends not to know Obi-Wan when she sends the message in A New Hope. Obi-Wan comes to visit Leia and, in a heartwarming speech, tells her the qualities that she has inherited from both of her parents.
Leia asks him if she’ll ever see him again, leading to the crucial (and expected) bit of dialogue that explains away the potential plot hole. “Maybe, someday. If you ever need help from a tired old man,” he replies. “But we must be careful. No one must know, or it could endanger us both.”
Their exchange also ends with Leia calling Obi-Wan by his actual name, rather than Ben as she said throughout the season to date, wrapping up how she knew he was Obi-Wan at the end of her A New Hope messages.
After catching up with Leia, Obi-Wan heads back to Tatooine (racking up the space miles in this episode) to tell Owen that he now knows it’s best for Luke that he be left alone. This persuades Owen to let Obi-Wan talk to Luke and, obviously, he opens up with the iconic line, “Hello there”.
We don’t see any more of Obi-Wan’s exchange with Luke, but it explains how Luke knows Ben in A New Hope and why Owen was persuaded to let him be Luke’s life. It even reveals that Obi-Wan gave Luke his T-16 Skyhopper toy, if you wanted to know.
The final episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi puts a bow on everything you might have been concerned about canon-wise, so if it ends here, at least there’s nothing that Star Wars fans have to speculate about.
Then again, the surprise appearance of Qui-Gon Jinn teasing that Obi-Wan has “a ways to go” in the final shot of the episode could mean Obi-Wan will be back in the future…
Obi-Wan Kenobi is available to watch in full on Disney+.
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