The final episode of the first season of Obi-Wan Kenobi solved an age-old mystery of the Star Wars franchise.
In Star Wars: A New Hope, when Obi-Wan and Darth Vader duel, the villain says, “When I left you, I was just an apprentice, but now I’m the master.”
Obi-Wan responds, saying, “Only a master of evil, Darth.”
This answer has caused confusion among fans over the years, because “Darth” is like a title, not a name.
There are other “Darths” in Star Wars, but none have ever been called that. The reality is that George Lucas simply hadn’t fully fleshed out Darth Vader’s backstory yet, but within Star Wars logic, this became a minor plot hole.
The explanation for an ancient mystery
However, in the last episode of the first season of Obi-Wan Kenobi, this is clarified in a good way.
It turns out that Obi-Wan simply comes to believe that Darth Vader is not the former Anakin Skywalker he knew.
From his point of view, it’s as if Darth Vader was the force of evil that killed his dear friend. In this way, Anakin Skywalker, for him, no longer exists.
It is for this reason that, as he leaves Darth Vader behind, Obi-Wan says, “Goodbye, Darth”, similar to what he said in Star Wars: A New Hope.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is available on Disney+.
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