‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Ending, Explained – Does Kenobi Defeat Darth Vader? Is That Qui-Gon Jinn’s Force Ghost?


At long last, “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” the miniseries, has come to an end. This has been one of the most boring things I’ve witnessed in a long, long time. There’s nothing wrong with it, on a technical level. The acting is great. The sets, costumes, and sound design are amazing. There are lots of lightsaber duels, because that is apparently what the fans want. But it’s so bereft of any heart, passion, or vigor. One scene ends, the other begins, and they elicit no feeling. Yes, if you want to count boredom, then that’s the only thing that “Obi-Wan Kenobi” manages to evoke. Anyway, it’s over. So, let’s recap it and move on to whatever “Star Wars” has in store for us next.

Spoilers Ahead

Darth Vader Has His “I Have The High Ground” Moment

Reva (Moses Ingram) shows up on Tatooine looking for Owen (Joel Edgerton), Beru (Bonnie Piesse), and Luke (Grant Feely). Somewhere in outer space, Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen and James Earl Jones) is seen pursuing the Rebel ship (with Kenobi in it). Roken (O’Shea Jackson Jr.) says that they are ready to make the jump to hyperspace, land on a planet called Tessen, and then get Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) out. Realizing that Roken is lying, Kenobi confronts him, and he spills the truth about how they don’t have enough time to make the jump. While Kenobi is taking a look at the survivors, Leia tells him that LOLA is keeping everyone’s mind off of their impending doom. Kenobi says that then maybe he needs that kind of a relief too.

When Owen takes Luke to get some form of equipment, the man who told Reva about their whereabouts tells Owen that Reva is coming for them. Back on the ship, Leia and Kenobi have a big argument over the fact that he’s planning to draw Vader’s attention with the help of an escape craft so that the rest of them can flee. When Leia leaves angrily, Haja Estree (Kumail Nanjiani) tells Kenobi to give her some space. Kenobi asks him to deliver her safely to Bail (Jimmy Smits) and Breha (Simone Kessell). Haja says he will. When Owen tells Beru about Reva, instead of hiding or running, she tells him to prepare to attack her to protect Luke, because running or hiding won’t do them any good.

Kenobi and Leia talk it out. Kenobi gives her a holster as a gift and promises her that he’ll come back to meet her again. While sitting alone, Kenobi calls out to his Master again but gets no response. Roken appears and reminds him that he doesn’t need to do this. Kenobi says that this is the only way, and he tells Roken that he is one of the very few leaders left; hence he shouldn’t stop being one. Roken assures him that he’s just getting started. On that note, Kenobi leaves the ship. Grand Inquisitor (Rupert Friend) tells Vader that pursuing a solo Jedi is pointless when they can go after the Rebel ship and finish them once and for all. Vader says that Kenobi is not just any random Jedi and orders him to change course and follow Kenobi. Everyone, obviously, complies.

Owen and Beru put Luke in his hiding place and prepare to attack Reva. Kenobi lands on a planet to face off with Vader. Vader understands the challenge and departs the Star Destroyer in his own ship. Kenobi finds out that Leia has secretly transferred LOLA into his robe. He takes a moment to compose himself and then goes out to meet Vader. Reva arrives near the hut and pulls out her saber. Vader and Kenobi begin their duel. Owen and Beru start shooting at Reva. The first round of battle between Kenobi and Vader ends with Vader crumbling the ground on which Kenobi is standing. Kenobi falls, and Darth Vader looks over him. He doesn’t say the words, but you know that in his mind, he’s saying, “It’s over now, Obi-Wan. I have the higher ground.” He walks away after taking a long look at the rubble.

Darth Sidious Has A Little Pep Chat With Darth Vader

Owen puts up a great fight against Reva. But she topples him. Beru takes her on, but she knocks her out too. Luke escapes through a door in the roof and runs off into the dune sea. Reva goes after him. We return to the rubble and see Obi-Wan Kenobi still holding back the rocks from crushing him. He starts to hear Anakin and Darth Vader’s voices. However, they are muffled by the visions of Luke and Leia. He resumes his morale and bursts out of the rubble. He sneaks up on an unsuspecting Vader and begins the second round of the duel. He pushes Vader into a rock and then absolutely pummels him with rocks. Vader recovers from this assault and attacks Kenobi again. Kenobi destroys his breathing apparatus and his helmet, revealing his scarred, pale face.

Kenobi addresses him as Anakin. Vader says that Anakin is gone, and he is all that remains of him. Kenobi apologizes for sending Anakin down this path. Vader says that he’s not a failure. He says that Kenobi didn’t kill Anakin Skywalker; Vader did. And he vows to destroy Kenobi, who says that that means his friend is truly dead. He bids Anakin goodbye and leaves him to his misery. This time he addresses him as Darth, who screams Kenobi’s name before falling to the ground. Talking about falling to the ground, Luke knocks himself out by falling from a cliff while trying to escape Reva. Kenobi senses this and reroutes his ship to Tatooine. Reva lights up her saber to kill Luke, but sees her younger self lying there. She realizes she has become the very thing she sought to destroy, i.e., Darth Vader.

Kenobi asks Beru and Owen about Luke, who are calling for him. Reva appears with an unconscious Luke. For a brief moment, Kenobi, Beru, and Owen think that Luke is dead. But when he starts to move, they heave a sigh of relief and take him away. Kenobi sits down with Reva as she laments about not standing up to Vader and protecting the younglings when she had the chance. Kenobi says that Reva hasn’t failed the younglings. Her display of mercy has given them peace and honor. Reva asks if she has become like Vader. Kenobi assures her that she hasn’t because she has chosen not to. However, the path she chooses now will be completely up to her. She takes out her saber and throws it away, which signifies her departure from the Dark Side. Kenobi says that now the both of them are free.

On Mustafar, Vader is seen having a chat with Sheev Palpatine/Darth Sidious/The Emperor (Ian McDiarmid). He tells him that the probes are tracking every system within range of Kenobi, and they’ll destroy everything in their path until he’s found. Palpatine points out that Vader seems agitated. Vader says that Kenobi won’t evade him again. Palpatine says that he’s unsure if Vader’s thoughts are clear on this and wonders if his feelings for Kenobi have weakened him. Vader states that Kenobi means nothing to him, as he serves Palpatine and Palpatine only. As The Emperor hangs up and the camera pulls back to show Vader sitting in this empty, dark room, the Imperial March plays, probably for the first time in the series. Isn’t this show purely for fan service? So why skimp out on the score? I don’t understand what happened to Natalie Holt after her brilliant work in “Loki.”

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Ending Explained – Qui-Gon Jinn Shows Up As A Force Ghost

Back on Alderaan, like at the beginning of the miniseries, Leia (for real this time) dresses up in her iconic white and brown ensemble, complete with her hair tied in a bun. Breha says that it suits her very well. Bail appreciates her look too. Obi-Wan Kenobi, along with LOLA, arrives to meet all of them. While Leia reunites with LOLA, Kenobi hugs and shakes hands with Bail and Breha. Bail says that they’ll never be able to repay the debt they owe to Kenobi. Kenobi says that Leia has already done that. Before leaving, Leia asks Kenobi what he’s going to do next. He asks her for a suggestion. She tells him to sleep, which makes Kenobi laugh out loud. Then he admits that he lied earlier about not knowing her parents and tells her a little about Padmé (Natalie Portman) and Anakin. Kenobi assures her that he’ll be there whenever she needs him again.

Kenobi goes to Tatooine, cleans up the cave, gets a new look, takes the toy meant for Luke, and heads out into the desert to meet the Lars. Owen asks him what he’s doing there as he is supposed to keep his distance from Luke. Kenobi assures him that he will. He admits that Owen was right about letting Luke be just a regular boy because the future will take care of itself. He says that the only protection he needs now is the one that Beru and Owen will provide. As he starts to leave, Owen calls him to meet Luke. Without a second thought, Kenobi rushes to say “Hello there” to Luke and gives him the toy. On his way into the desert, Qui-Gonn Jinn (Liam Neeson) appears and says that Kenobi took a long time to get there. Kenobi says that he was beginning to think he’d never come. Qui-Gonn says that he was always there; Kenobi just wasn’t ready to see him. Then, he beckons him to the next chapter of his journey.

See More: ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Episode 5: Recap And Ending, Explained – Does Reva Know About Luke Skywalker?

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