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Why Obi-Wan Didn’t Kill Darth Vader In Kenobi Episode 6

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Obi-Wan could have killed Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 6 – but the reasons he didn’t lie in the Star Wars prequel trilogy movies.

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Obi-Wan Kenobi doesn’t kill Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 6, and the Jedi Master has a good reason behind his decision. Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen return to Star Wars after almost two decades, this time reprising their roles as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader on the small screen via the Disney+ series. After six episodes, it officially ends with the Obi-Wan Kenobi finale delivering on the promise of a rematch between the former allies. 

Alongside the announcement that Christensen would return as Darth Vader in the Obi-Wan Kenobi show was the confirmation that the series would see him battling his former Jedi Master as well. Before the project premiered, there was an assumption that the pair’s much-anticipated encounter wouldn’t happen until towards the end of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s run, so it was surprising to see them face off early in Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 3. However, given their lopsided fight, with the Sith Lord overpowering the Jedi, it became clear that a final, more intense rematch was still to come. Lucasfilm delivered that in the Obi-Wan Kenobi finale. 

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Unlike their first bout in Obi-Wan Kenobi, Obi-Wan was better equipped to fight Darth Vader in the series finale. He ultimately won the match, but instead of going for the kill, he decided to let his ex-Padawan live. Aside from the fact that established Star Wars canon dictates that Darth Vader survives the fight, there’s also a more profound significance to Obi-Wan’s decision to spare the Sith Lord’s life. 

Why Kenobi Didn’t Kill Vader: Mercy Or Pity?

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During the fight, Obi-Wan slashes Darth Vader’s helmet, revealing Anakin Skywalker’s burned face. This stops Obi-Wan in his tracks as he is overcome with sadness and guilt about what happened to his friend. The Jedi master apologizes for what happened between them, but the Sith Lord insists that his fall to the dark side isn’t his old master’s fault. Racked with remorse, Obi-Wan decides to walk away from the fight. After realizing how set Darth Vader is on the dark path, Obi-Wan doesn’t even try to appeal to Anakin’s humanity; he has finally accepted the cold truth about what happened to his former ally.

This could be interpreted as Obi-Wan showing either pity or mercy for his old friend. Despite everything they have been through, the Obi-Wan Kenobi show has firmly established that the Jedi still deeply cares for his former Padawan and remembers him as the great ally he’s had for many years. Seeing Anakin as Darth Vader understandably breaks Obi-Wan’s heart. He couldn’t bring himself to kill Darth Vader, however, because he continues to associate him with the Anakin he trained as a boy. This is the exact reason Obi-Wan didn’t kill Anakin on Mustafar despite the opportunity a decade earlier in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Somehow, the Jedi Master still feels that he is to blame for what happened to Anakin, so while he has accepted the possibility of Anakin dying, he can’t bear to be the one to kill him.

Why Obi-Wan Sparing Vader Is So Important

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Aside from ensuring Darth Vader’s survival, Obi-Wan’s decision to spare his life is also important in terms of the character’s arc. Obi-Wan Kenobi sees the Jedi Master at some of his lowest points in canon; he struggles with connecting with the Force because of his flailing faith. Despite being disillusioned, however, his decision not to kill the Sith Lord proves that throughout his own hardships and Anakin’s betrayal, his principles remain intact. As he once told his Padawan, and as seen in the Obi-Wan Kenobi episode 5 flashback, a Jedi’s goal is not to take a life but to defend it. Obi-Wan showcased that principle through and through by maintaining his devotion to the Jedi code and refusing to kill an already defeated adversary – further solidifying his place as one of the greatest Jedi in Star Wars.

More: Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 6 Cameo Explains Major Original Trilogy Mystery

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