Obi-Wan Kenobi Finals Solves Major Star Wars Plot Holes

Obi-Wan Kenobi Finals Solves Major Star Wars Plot Holes

Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 6 spoilers follow.

Since Obi-Wan Kenobi revealed his trick card by focusing on Leia, Star Wars fans have wondered how in the galaxy that fits into the canon.

We are, of course, talking about Leia’s message to Obi-Wan in A new hope which she begins by saying, “General Kenobi, years ago you served my father in the Clone Wars”. Kind of strange that she didn’t say “Years ago you kept saving me after I didn’t do what you said and got caught”.

The post suggested that Leia had no personal connection to Obi-Wan, but we now know this isn’t true, as they’ve been on six adventures together. Obi-Wan Kenobi however, writer and executive producer Joby Harold had promised fans answers.

“We’ve talked a lot about it. And we’re looking forward to airing the show in its entirety so hopefully all questions will be answered in full,” he teased. “But yeah, all I can say is we’re very aware of that, and of the canon.”

And now that the finale has landed, we know that Harold did/didn’t keep his word. Important spoilers moving forward as we delve into Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s final episode (well, unless there’s a season two for the planned limited series).

ewan mcgregor, kenobi's husband


The last episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi is largely split between two conflicts: Obi-Wan versus Vader and Reva’s pursuit of Luke on Tatooine.

Vader initially appears to have the upper hand over Obi-Wan during their epic duel after literally reaching the high ground by burying Obi-Wan. But thinking of Luke and Leia, Obi-Wan gains the power to break out and defeat Vader, cracking his helmet for an emotional conversation with his former padawan.

“I’m sorry, Anakin. Before anything,” Obi-Wan tells him, as Vader replies, “I’m not your failure, Obi-Wan. You didn’t kill Anakin Skywalker. I did. The same way I will destroy you .”

After saying goodbye to Vader (but not killing him, because canon), Obi-Wan senses Luke is in danger on Reva’s Tatooine, so he runs to that planet. There was no need for him to rush, however, for Reva cannot bring herself to hurt Luke, as she sees the error of her ways.

Reva brings Luke back to Owen and Beru, while Obi-Wan has already joined them. Reva candidly tells Obi-Wan about the failures of her fellow youths who were slaughtered, but Obi-Wan assures her that by “showing mercy, you have given them peace”. awww.

Moses Ingram as Reva, Obi Wan Kenobi


Obi-Wan tells Reva that she is now “free” as he is and that she can choose her own path. That concludes the main plots of the season, so the final episode then turns into solving a handful of potential Star Wars plot holes.

First off, if Vader is so determined to track down Obi-Wan this season, how come he doesn’t seem to be so busy by then? A new hope rolls around? Enter a surprise performance by Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) who has some wise words for his student.

“I wonder if your thoughts are clear on this, Lord Vader. Perhaps your feelings for your old master have weakened you. If your past cannot be conquered…”, Palpatine warns, but Vader interrupts: “Kenobi means nothing. . I serve only you, my Master.”

Now to Leia and why she pretends not to know Obi-Wan when she sends the message? A new hope† Obi-Wan visits Leia and tells her in a heartwarming speech the qualities she has inherited from both her parents.

Leia asks him if she’ll ever see him again, leading to the crucial (and expected) bit of dialogue that fills up the potential plot hole. ‘Maybe ever. If you ever need help from a tired old man,” he replies. “But we have to be careful. No one can know or we could both be in danger.”

Their exchange also ends with Leia calling Obi-Wan by his real name, rather than Ben as she’s been saying all season until now, rounding out how she knew he was Obi-Wan at the end of her life. A new hope message.

vivien lyra blair as princess leia, obi wan kenobi


After catching up with Leia, Obi-Wan heads back to Tatooine (with which he collects the space miles in this episode) to tell Owen that he now knows it’s best for Luke to be left alone. This convinces Owen to let Obi-Wan talk to Luke and, of course, opens with the iconic line, “Hello there”.

We don’t see any more of Obi-Wan’s exchange with Luke, but it does explain how Luke knows Ben in A new hope and why Owen was seemingly persuaded to let him into Luke’s life. It even reveals that Obi-Wan gave Luke his T-16 Skyhopper toy, if you wanted to know.

The last episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi bows to everything you might have worried about so if it ends here at least there’s nothing that Star Wars fans have to speculate about.

On the other hand, the surprise appearance of Qui-Gon Jinn teasing that Obi-Wan has “still a way to go” in the episode’s final shot could mean that Obi-Wan will be back in the future…

Obi-Wan Kenobi can be viewed in full on Disney+

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