The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived, the sixth and final episode of the limited cinematic event! Catch up with the rest of the galaxy with this recap of episode 6 of Obi-Wan Kenobi!
This series sits comfortably between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, bringing the story of Obi-Wan’s story after Anakin’s “death” to life. Through moments both heartwarming and gut-wrenching, fans around the world have felt more connected to the character than ever before.
The six-part cinematic event is loaded with answers to the questions we’ve been asking about the 20-year gap between the original trilogy and the prequels, so you won’t want to miss a single moment.
Keep reading to get your galactic fix. And if you haven’t made it to episode six yet, check out our recaps of episodes 1-3 and episodes 4-5!
Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode Six
The finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi opens where we started: Tatooine. Reva Sevander has landed after hearing Bail Organa’s hologram to look for Owen. In the marketplace, she questions the villagers to try to gain information on where she can find Luke.
Worried, one of the villagers tells Owen of Reva’s intentions. He rushes home to tell his wife, Beru (Bonnie Piesse), that their fear has come true. They pick up two rifles and plan to wait until sundown, when Reva will inevitably come for Luke. They take their positions, ready to defend their son.
On Roken’s ship, Obi-Wan and Leia sit with the other fugitives in fear as an imperial ship trails closely behind them. As we saw in the previous episode, the hyperdrive on Roken’s ship failed, allowing Vader’s ship to catch up to them. Vader sends blast after blast for the ship, shaking the cabin as the rear shields fend off the lasers.
Obi-Wan decides he must leave the ship in order to divert Darth Vader and save the passengers. Leia is upset with this decision, and understandably so: The last time he left her, she was kidnapped and interrogated by Reva Sevander. He assures her that she’ll be safe and tasks Haja with returning her to Alderaan.
Anakin Has the High Ground
Obi-Wan sets off on a small ship, which Vader and the Grand Inquisitor observe from their control deck. The Grand Inquisitor warns Vader that they can’t just prioritize one Jedi. They should wipe out the entire network of fugitives to prevent further Jedi escapes.
But it was never about wiping out the Jedi for Vader— it was always about Obi-Wan. Vader orders his subordinates to pursue Kenobi, abandoning the chase of Roken’s ship and sparing the lives of the passengers.
Vader will face Obi-Wan alone. He takes his own ship to the planet below, where Obi-Wan waits for his arrival. Vader approaches. They are alone on this planet.
“Have you come to destroy me, Obi-Wan?”, Vader asks.
“I will do what I must”, Obi-Wan warns as the blue glow of his light saber reveals his face.
Without a pause, Vader says, “Then you will die.”
Their sabers crash against one another, engaging in a fierce duel. Obi-Wan sweats, he grunts with strain, his face expressing complex aggression and grief. He is raw and unprotected in his linen clothing.
Vader is silent in their fight and lacks expression while covered by his mask. Guarded and cold, he is hardened by years of resentment. His armor symbolizes the wall he has built between himself and his humanity.
After an intense back and forth, Vader eventually gains the upper hand. Slamming his gloved hand into the hard, dry ground, a crack runs through the dirt, opening a cavern directly underneath Obi-Wan’s feet. He lets out a scream as he plummets into the cave.
Vader stands at the mouth of the chasm, looking down at his once master. Without mercy, Vader uses the force to pull boulders from the ground and throws them onto Obi-Wan’s wounded body, essentially burying him alive under tons of rubble.
Standing above the makeshift grave, his position symbolizes how Vader seeks not to kill Obi-Wan, but to dominate him. In Anakin’s insecurity, he has found safety in his efforts to prove himself to Obi-Wan—at any cost.
All but crushed under the rubble, Obi-Wan is faced with the ugly truth. Nearly defeated by the idea that even he can’t tame the monster he created, he remembers Luke and Leia. They have reignited his purpose in this world. He won’t give up yet.
Using the force, he bursts through the rock and pursues Vader again. He throws Vader into a spire and lifts the surrounding boulders around him, launching them at his opponent with ease. They weaken him, but Vader is still strong.
Lunging at each other once again, Obi-Wan punches Vader’s chest-implanted control panel, sending sparks flying. His saber sears through Vader’s helmet, exposing half of Anakin’s deformed face.
Vader groans and wheezes, struggling to function with his suit damaged. Obi-Wan hesitates when he sees his face; horrified by the scarring but softened by the face of someone he once loved so dearly. “Anakin?”, Obi-Wan calls. Vader does not respond with such gentility; “Anakin’s gone. I am what remains.”
Tears well up in Obi-Wan’s eyes. He is remorseful, he is horrified, and he is relieved to see the (disfigured) face of Anakin after a decade of mourning, but he is crushed with grief all over again. Anakin’s voice peeks through the distortion of his suit—his real voice.
“I am not your failure, Obi-Wan. You didn’t kill Anakin Skywalker. I did. The same way I will destroy you!”
“Then my friend is truly dead. Goodbye, Darth.”
It’s apparent that he didn’t fly here with the intention of killing Vader. He came to recover Anakin. Obi-Wan, unable to bring himself to kill Anakin again, flies away.
Beru and Owen Take to Arms
On Tatooine, the suns have set, and Reva has made her way onto Owen and Beru’s farm. They engage in a fight with Reva, but she inevitably overpowers them. Beru shouts for Luke to run, and he sprints off into the desert.
Eventually, Reva catches up to him, accidentally knocking him out in the process. She raises her saber to kill him, but she can’t do it. She understands now that if she slaughters Luke, she would be just like Anakin.
She decides to stop the cycle and spares him, falling to her knees, she releases exasperated sobs.
The Galaxy Readies for A New Hope
On Mustafar, Vader informs Emporer Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) that they will destroy anything in their path until they find Obi-Wan.
Palpatine is not as passionate about this cause, criticizing him for the very things Obi-Wan warned him of as a Padawan. Anakin’s quest to prove himself has, tragically, gotten him effectively nowhere.
Leia has been returned safely home to Alderaan by Haja, where she has resumed her royal duties—except this time, she does it her way. She dons Tala’s utility belt, gifted to her by Obi-Wan, with fingerless gloves and big brown leather boots.
Her adventures with Obi-Wan, although terrifying, have shaped her into the bold adventurer we came to love in the original trilogy. She places her sweet companion Lola in the holster … for now!
On Tatooine, Obi-Wan packs his things up, leaving his cave. He travels to Luke’s hut, where Owen allows him to meet Luke for the first time. But Obi-Wan won’t be staying. He’s ready to move on. Obsessing over Luke’s future training was a way for him to rewrite the past, but he now knows that he no longer needs to repent.
He treks the desert on the back of an eopie, where he sees someone in the distance—it’s Qui-Gon Jin!
“I was always here, Obi-Wan. You just were not ready to see. Come on, we’ve got a ways to go.”
The pair continue the journey forward. Together.
Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+
This Star Wars special has certainly taken viewers for a ride! Through the excitement and the tears, one thing has been made clear: There is so much we have yet to learn about the Skywalker story, let alone the Star Wars galaxy.
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