Warning! Spoilers ahead for Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 1
Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi pays off one of the most dynamic deleted scenes from the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. Taking place ten years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is seen living through the dark times of the Empire’s reign, hidden on the desert world of Tatooine. However, reflections on his past and the resulting emotional struggle have formed the backbone of early Obi-Wan Kenobi episodes – and act as a strong callback to a meaningful conversation the Jedi master was meant to have with Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars.
While Obi-Wan spends his days working and watching over young Luke Skywalker in the series’ first episode, his nights are another story. Attempting to sleep in the cave Kenobi calls home, he can’t help but be haunted by memories of the past, specifically those of his former padawan Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen). Believing Anakin to be dead after his seduction to the dark side and their resulting duel on Mustafar, Obi-Wan clearly feels as though he failed Anakin, a significant source of guilt and pain he’s been carrying for a decade.
With these nightmares keeping Obi-Wan up at night, a flashback sequence from Obi-Wan Kenobi pays off a deleted scene from The Clone Wars with Anakin. Following Ahsoka Tano’s departure from the Jedi Order, Anakin struggled with feelings of failure towards his apprentice. While Obi-Wan tried to advise that he should get some sleep, Anakin asked his master how well he’d sleep, knowing he’d failed him. Kenobi responds by saying: “Not very well, I’d imagine. Luckily that isn’t true…and never will be.” While the line was meant to make Anakin feel better, it also serves as some very dark foreshadowing now that Kenobi himself is indeed struggling to sleep due to the memories of his fallen apprentice and brother.
Unfortunately, this dynamic conversation in The Clone Wars didn’t make the cut, being part of the handful of episodes left on the wayside in the wake of Disney’s Lucasfilm purchase in 2012. However, it was released in its pre-visualized format online and has since been edited by Star Wars fans who recognized its value. It’s very similar to Boba Fett and Cad Bane’s referenced backstory in The Book of Boba Fett which was only ever seen in deleted and unfinished sequences of The Clone Wars as well. While it’s not overtly referenced in Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Jedi master struggling to sleep does help canonize his own deleted scene.
At any rate, Obi-Wan being haunted by his perceived failings with Anakin even a decade later makes sense. After all, Anakin was the prophesied Chosen One who was supposed to bring balance to the Force. Combined with their friendship and brotherhood in The Clone Wars, with Kenobi believing he’d killed Anakin in Revenge of the Sith, it’s logical that he’d still be struggling with his guilt in the years that followed. As such, it’s going to make his dark reunion with Darth Vader that much more dynamic and heartbreaking as Obi-Wan Kenobi continues.
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