What the Obi-Wan Kenobi Ending Symbolically Shows of Vader

What the Obi-Wan Kenobi Ending Symbolically Shows of Vader

The final episode of the series Obi-Wan Kenobi features an epic epilogue for the Jedi master. And also a symbolic reading of the struggle between the Light Side and the Dark Side which is played out between Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader.

The last episode of the series Obi-Wan Kenobi aired on June 22 on Disney+, but the time is still for commentary and analysis. Fans have since shared their views, satisfied, moved, puzzled or displeased. It is also an episode that encourages the interpretation of certain key scenes – theories have of course emerged in recent hours.

If you haven’t seen the final episode of the series yet, we suggest you go your way, because this article contains major spoilers!

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There is always good in Anakin Skywalker

One of the most striking sequences of this sixth and final episode of the series is none other than the confrontation between Obi-Wan Kenobi, again at the height of his Jedi power, and Darth Vader, still devoured by hatred. of his former master.

Obviously, and for those who know the movies, we knew that the two protagonists could not die since they appear in the sequel to the adventures of Luke and Leia.

Fans wondered how the clash would end. After an emotional lightsaber fight, Darth Vader manages to bury Obi-Wan Kenobi under rocks. But he pulls himself out of it and comes back with a vengeance. Thanks to the power of the Force, he sends a cloud of stones at his former disciple, throws him away and ends up striking him with a saber, cutting off part of his black helmet and revealing the charred face of Anakin Skywalker.

Then follows a terrible exchange between the two men. ” I’m sorry Anakin for everything that happened.” Obi-Wan then launches, his face full of regret. “I am not your failure Obi-Wan. You didn’t kill Anakin Skywalker. It’s me. »Vader retorts.

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The play of colors on the face symbolically suggests who is who: Darth Vader in red and Anakin Skywalker in blue. // Source: Numerama editing

Colors that have a symbolic charge

The dialogue offers the hypothesis that at this time, perhaps, Darth Vader had not yet taken a definitive ascendancy over Anakin Skywalker. That the ancient Jedi has yet to fully turn to the dark side of the Force. There is therefore a rather interesting use of colors on the face of the fallen Jedi to show this duality.

Those red and blue lights reflecting off Darth Vader’s face are obviously coming from their lightsaber. Red for Vader, blue for Obi-Wan Kenobi. But in Star Wars, these colors have a meaning: red is the common color of the sabers used by the Sith, while with the Jedi, we are more on blue and green – with a few rare exceptions.

There is virtually no other light source on the planet that is the scene of the final showdown between the two men. And Deborah Chow, the filmmaker who helmed the direction of all six episodes, can’t ignore the sense of color that covers Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader’s features. They serve to reflect the internal struggle between Good and Evil, in a figurative way.

This lead is supported by the fact that Obi-Wan’s face, for his part, does not mark the colors of the two sabers so intensely. It is very shrouded in blue, or in relative penumbra. The red is faint. Other Internet users also share this analysis, interpreting the change in color as a change in who speak.

In short, a blue light emanates from Anakin when he speaks against Obi-Wan Kenobi, and conversely a red light appears on Darth Vader when he speaks to his opponent. This is a sign that the former Jedi’s conversion to the Dark Side was not complete. That Palpatine didn’t win his bet. Return of the Jedi will confirm that Anakin had not completely disappeared.

Anakin Skywalker’s bride, Padmé, had understood this reality before anyone else. In the movie ” Star Wars : Revenge of the Sith Padmé tells Obi-Wan Kenobi that Anakin Skywalker isn’t lost yet and Obi-Wan doesn’t dare tell her that he was left for dead. It also echoes what Luke Skywalker, his son, will say in Episode VI (there’s still some good left in him).

At the end of the film, Darth Vader will tell his son that he was right. All this can also justify why Obi-Wan could not bring himself, even if he had the possibility, to kill the one he once considered a brother in the final episode. And this despite his many murders since the outbreak of Order 66.

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