In the epic movie series, Star Wars, there are many questions that have been left unanswered. One of the biggest debates I come across is when did Obi-Wan Kenobi learn that Anakin survived and was born again as the infamous Darth Vader? Does Obi-Wan Kenobi know Anakin is Darth Vader? In this article, we will explore the evidence and come to a conclusion.
By the time that you finish this article you will understand all of the following:
- Does Obi-Wan Kenobi know Anakin is Darth Vader
- Order 66
- George Lucas vs. Fandom
- Duel on Mustafar
- Why was Anakin left alive?
- Will the Kenobi Show Reveal Vader as Anakin?
Does Obi-Wan Kenobi Know Anakin Is Darth Vader?
Yes, Obi-Wan Kenobi knew Anakin was Darth Vader. Obi-Wan learned Anakin was Lord Vader after Anakin took out younglings in the Jedi Temple during Episode III. Obi-Wan discovered this news by watching the hologram footage in the control center of the Jedi Temple, located on Coruscant.
But just because Anakin was called Vader, doesn’t mean he is the Lord Vader we all know. We’re not there yet.
Revenge of the Sith Hologram Transcript
Here is the complete transcript from the Revenge of the Sith movie, the exact moment Obi-Wan learns Anakin is now Lord Vader:
Execute Order 66: From a Certain Point of View
In Episode III, security cameras catch Anakin Skywalker killing helpless younglings (children) because of Order 66.
Darth Sidious gave Order 66 to all clone troopers and Anakin. The order was to kill their Jedi commanders. The real transformation from Anakin to Darth Vader began here. The history of Star Wars forever changed on this fateful day.
While watching his young Padawan succumb to the dark side of the force and execute order 66, Obi-Wan realized he must confront his former apprentice in battle.
There is a moment when Obi-Wan Kenobi pleads with Jedi Master Yoda to let him fight the Emperor instead of Anakin.
Obi-Wan couldn’t stomach the thought of fighting his friend and former apprentice Anakin Skywalker. The Jedi Master declines the request however, stating that Obi-Wan is not strong enough to take on the Sith Lord known as Sidious, in battle.
We will discuss later on in this article, why I believe this response from Yoda leads to a decision that proves very costly.
George Lucas vs. Star Wars Fandom
George Lucas blessed us all with the Star Wars Saga. I was a “youngling” during the prequel trilogy, but even now, I would consider myself a “prequelist”. I fell in love with the characters, the lore, and how vast the Star Wars Universe truly was. Even as a young kid, I didn’t mind all the politics episodes I – III had—I found them interesting.
Plenty of adults didn’t enjoy the prequel trilogy like I did, claiming it was “not their Star Wars.” Listen, I get it. The original trilogy was movie magic. It’s okay to have your own opinion. Movies are a form of art and art is subjective.
The important thing is George was able to tell his story. Star Wars is George’s baby whether you like it or not. And I am happy he told his story the way he wanted to. Unlike the Sequel Trilogy which had tons of hands in the pot.
Original Trilogy fans may have disliked the Prequels but now the Prequel fans are all grown up and champion “their Star Wars.”
The chosen one said it the best:
I’m living by one simple rule when it comes to Star Wars, there is something in Star Wars for everyone to like. Now I want to be clear here, that doesn’t mean everything in Star Wars is for you necessarily. There is enough content to watch what you want and ignore what you wish.
I use this example: I am a huge fan of the Clone Wars animated television show, but I could not care less about the Book of Boba Fett. I still love Star Wars.
Duel on Mustafar
Something we can all agree on however, is that the duel on Mustafar in Episode III is by far the best lightsaber duel in all of Star Wars. I will die on that hill.
Regardless of your stance on which Trilogy is the best, the duel on Mustafar, between former master and former apprentice was certainly “one with the force.” The pure emotion that was on display during that dance of elegant weapon on elegant weapon was the pinnacle of the entire Skywalker Saga (in my opinion).
Say whatever you want about the prequels, I couldn’t possibly imagine a more fitting duel in Revenge of the Sith than what we received. It was cinematic gold. Chef’s kiss kinda stuff.
Something that particular duel did so well was highlight Anakin losing control, showing how he allowed his emotions to get the better of him. We were watching him embrace the Dark Side of the force.
However I still see Obi-Wan battling Anakin here, I don’t think the transformation into Darth Vader was fully complete.
Anakin Skywalker vs The High Ground
“It’s over Anakin, I have the high ground.”Obi-Wan Kenobi
I replay that moment in my head all-the-time. The moment when the former apprentice is being struck down by Obi-Wan’s lightsaber. I visualize Anakin jumping in the air towards his inevitable doom to be cut down like a tree.
A question always remained. Why did Obi-Wan leave Anakin alive?
I thought about what Yoda said earlier, about Obi-Wan not being strong enough to fight Darth Sidious.
After doing some research, I found my answer in the novelization of Revenge of the Sith.
The Reason Anakin Was Left Alive On Mustafar
This is the definitive reason why Anakin was left alive:
The Transformative Moment
Obi-Wan knew that Anakin Skywalker, his former apprentice, is now the Sith named Lord Vader. The moment Obi-Wan turned his back on Anakin is the exact moment Anakin was no more. It is my opinion that Anakin had fully transformed into Vader at this very moment.
I believe it is safe to say that Obi-Wan fought and defeated Anakin. I believe the actual transformation to Vader happened once Obi-Wan walked away. That was the final blow that killed Anakin.
The question I had still lingering for me though was, did Kenobi know that Lord Vader survived?
Will Kenobi Show Reveal Vader is Anakin?
On May 27th, 2022, Ewan McGregor is coming back to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi, alongside Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader / Anakin Skywalker in the Disney+ live-action limited series.
After diving into the trailer for the Disney+ television series, I think it’s safe to say that we will finally see Obi-Wan’s on-screen reaction to finding out the Dark Lord of the Sith is Anakin Skywalker.
Obi-Wan Kenobi the Show: What to Expect
I know that this story is set ten years after Revenge of the Sith and will feature Obi-Wan on the run from Sith Inquisitors, under the direction of Darth Vader.
We will also see our fair share of Bounty Hunters trying to kill Obi-Wan.
Years before the events of climbing aboard the Millennium Falcon and venturing towards the Death Star in Episode IV: A New Hope, Obi-Wan remained in hiding near Mos Eisley protecting Luke Skywalker from who his father had become.
It will be interesting to see the transition of Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Knight to Old Ben Kenobi.
Rumor has it while Obi-Wan Kenobi was protecting Luke Skywalker in this Star Wars mini-series there will be another lightsaber battle between old friends. Hopefully one to rival the battle on Mustafar.
The Obi-Wan Kenobi Trailer
Conclusion: Does Obi-Wan Kenobi Know Anakin Is Darth Vader
Perhaps I would have chosen a new Star Wars film or trilogy focusing on Obi-Wan.
I can’t help however to get excited for the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series. The emotional payoff the fans deserve is seeing Ewan McGregor react to finding out what Anakin has really turned into.
I believe this will be the definitive moment where we see Obi-Wan Kenobi learning Anakin is Darth Vader.
I think this series is truly “a new hope” (pun intended) for all Star Wars fans.
What do you think? Does Obi-Wan Kenobi already know that Anakin survived and is Vader or does he believe that his brother died on Mustafar ten years ago?
I truly believe that the Kenobi series will be the moment Obi-Wan learns his fallen Padawan survived the fires of Mustafar.
Drop a comment below with your thoughts!