“It wasn’t something I originally proposed actually…”
The return of Darth Vader is obviously the big event of the series Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, in the first episodes, we discovered with amazement the ignorance of the character played by Ewan McGregor. Spoiler alert!
Ten years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, he knows that the Jedi are being hunted across the Galaxy. That they must hide their powers. That the Inquisitors are on their heels… And yet, Obi-Wan Kenobi didn’t know that Anakin Skywalker had survived their battle on Mustafar. For ten years he has reigned terror throughout the Empire under the helmet of Darth Vader. but Obi didn’t know!
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In a news interview with The Wrapthe series’ producer and lead writer, Joby Harold, explains that he consulted extensively with Pablo Hidalgo, an executive producer on the universe. Star Wars who serves as guardian of the Temple, the one who checks that everything is in accordance with the “canons”, of the very vast extended universe Star Wars :
“It wasn’t something I originally came up with actually… It’s something I found out along the way, and I had to kind of get Pablo to confirm it [Hidalgo] that it was possible: “Wait a second, what does he actually know? Does he know the nickname Vader? What would that mean? Can he associate Vader and Anakin? What is he aware of? What How isolated is he from the rest of the Galaxy? Where is Vader at this time? Is his reputation already made? How well known is he? All these pieces of the puzzle had to be put back in order. “
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If Darth Vader was necessarily already known to the entire Galaxy after 10 years, we therefore understand that Kenobi was very, very isolated from the rest of Men all this time. And especially Joby Harold wanted his Jedi Master to be shocked, haunted by this news:
“The great piece of storytelling you can use is to get Ewan to act out that moment when he realizes the one who’s been haunting him for 10 years is still alive! What does this mean for him? We can then unravel the story as we continue. Which is great, because it gives you, at the end of episode 2 and the beginning of episode 3, so many things that seem essential to the central story, which is Obi Wan Vs. Vader, the one who you haunts, the past etc… But well, before that, it had to be able to stick with the rest of the mythology and it was the case! It was great when we realized we could do it. It made the story more electric, especially for the viewer who isn’t as familiar with this mythology as we are.”
Joby Harold continues: “The spectacular thing about Star Wars compared to some other big fanchises, is that everything is so connected. When it comes to the canons and the things you can do and the things you can’t do, very, very quickly you figure out what is possible or not possible to do. Everything is done over a phone call or via email. You have a big idea and you’re like, ‘Hey, can I do this?’ Pablo is this kind of crazy genius, always available, who validates or not. I am very grateful to him for his help because you can chase any idea and he will tell you if we can do this or not.”
Series Obi-Wan Kenobi will continue Wednesday on Disney+.