Everyone knows that Obi-Wan Kenobi dies in Star Wars (and if you didn’t, well, sorry for spoiling a 40-year-old movie). But what if the wise old Jedi Master never fell to Darth Vader? Thanks to the recent release of George Lucas’s original draft of the film, we now know that Obi-Wan was originally supposed to survive his encounter on the Death Star.
As revealed in a Tweet from Chewbacca himself, actor Peter Mayhew, the original Star Wars script featured a dramatically different outcome for Obi-Wan Kenobi. Instead of being struck down by Vader, Obi-Wan is aided by Luke and the two flee together in the Millennium Falcon. If this scene had been kept in the script, the entire plot of the original trilogy would have been much different.
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) April 13, 2016
For one thing, Luke witnessing his mentor’s death is a significant moment in his arc, and his dramatic display of heroism at the end of the film would have felt much less dramatic. Additionally, we may also have never got to meet Yoda, because why would Luke need another teacher when he already has Obi-Wan?
While the reasoning for the script change remains a mystery, we’re glad Lucas ultimately made the decision to kill Obi-Wan off. Luke’s journey to becoming a Jedi would have felt less satisfying if his path had been easier; not to mention that Alec Guinness notably hated playing Obi-Wan, and it would have felt wrong to force him to have a more significant role than he did in the Star Wars sequels as a Force ghost.
What do you think? Should Obi-Wan have lived to fight another day or are you content with how things played out?