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Anakin’s Return In Ahsoka Series Means Obi-Wan Has To Return Too

By Ishita Chatterjee
October 28,2021

It has been confirmed that Anakin Skywalker will show up in the upcoming Star Wars Disney+ show Ahsoka, which is a spin-off of The Mandalorian. This will be the second time Hayden Christensen will be reprising his role as Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader on a Disney+ Star Wars show.

By now, everyone knows that the first show Hayden will be starring in as Anakin/Vader is the Obi-Wan Kenobi one alongside Ewan McGregor. He will be reprising his role as the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. As such, now more than ever, it’s an exciting time for Star Wars fans.

After all, even though the sequels have been divisive, Star Wars has found a new lease of life on the Disney+ streaming service thanks to the success of the Mandalorian. And now, after Ahsoka’s appearance in season 2 of the show leading to her performance, the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi show, along with the Book of Boba Fett, Andor, and more, the galaxy is being fleshed out like never before.

And thanks to Hayden Christensen now appearing on Ahsoka, chances are that Obi-Wan Kenobi might also show up. Thus, making the Star Wars franchise feel more connected.

The Show Will Have To Flesh Out Anakin Skywalker And Ahsoka’s Relationship

Anakin Skywalker and Ashoka Tano

Anakin Skywalker and Ashoka Tano

Right now, there are tonnes of rumors flying around about how Anakin might show up in the Ahsoka show. Some think it will be just flashbacks, while others feel that he will show up as a Force Ghost.

Now, there are also theories going around that Ahsoka might meet her master through the World Between Worlds. However, the problem with these theories is that not everyone has watched The Clone Wars.

Most people have just watched the live-action movies for better or worse, even though The fandom greatly loves clone Wars and other animated Star Wars shows.

Due to this barrier, the Ahsoka show might have to catch everyone up on the master/padawan dynamic between the two. Also, Ahsoka’s timeline is going to be similar to that of the Mandalorian.

This means that it too will be set about half a decade after the events of Return of the Jedi. So this means that by this time, Anakin would have already given up his life to save his son from the Emperor.

Anakin Skywalker as a Force Ghost

Anakin Skywalker as a Force Ghost

As such, viewers will have to be shown the deep history between Ahsoka and Anakin. Even though we are unsure whether Anakin will show up as a Force Ghost or meet Ahsoka through the World Between Worlds, we are confident that copious flashbacks will flesh out their relationship.

Most probably, these flashbacks will be set before Anakin’s fall into the darkness. So Ahsoka may take viewers back to the Clone Wars itself. Now, that was also when Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi was in his youth.

Since Ahsoka, Anakin, and Obi-Wan shared a deep relationship, it would be a waste not to have Obi-Wan show up in Ahsoka for some Clone Wars scenes.

Why Obi-Wan Kenobi Needs To Be In The Ahsoka Show

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Since the trio spent a lot of time together during Star Wars: The Clone Wars, so the Jedi Master’s absence from the show could feel like a huge omission. Truth be told, if Obi-Wan isn’t in the front, it will be a huge missed opportunity.

After all, viewers of The Clone Wars know that Obi-Wan and Ahsoka have their very own story arc. This was most recently seen in episode 9 of season 7 of The Clone Wars.

There we got to see a mature Ahsoka who stood up to the Jedi Master in a way that she wouldn’t have when she was a kid.

So if Ahsoka wants to do right by its lead character, then it needs to bring in not just her master, but also the master of her master. Also, we need to say that there are tonnes of opportunities for the show to bring in both Anakin and Obi-Wan.

After all, Ahsoka has gone through a lot. She has seen a lot, from her ties to Revenge of the Sith to the beginning of her journey in the Clone Wars. So there’s a pretty strong possibility that Anakin will be showing up through flashbacks and maybe as a Force Ghost as well.

Now, even if Anakin doesn’t turn up as a Force Ghost, he can undoubtedly bring Obi-Wan into the show this way. However, using the Force Ghost method comes with its fair share of dangers.

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) And Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) And Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)

And the most important is the possibility of potential plot holes.
This is because when the character died, Obi-Wan was played by Alec Guinness. However, it must be said that Star Wars has changed how Force Ghosts operate multiple times.

After all, this is how George Lucas replaced Sebastian Shaw’s first Anakin Skywalker with Hayden Christensen’s portrayal. Furthermore, the Sequel Trilogy gave the ghosts more power. They were able to interact with even the physical world.

So, if the show chooses to bring back Obi-Wan, it will be a matter of just explaining how the Force Ghost concept works to the audience.

Overall, with Ezra Bridger, Thrawn, Sabine Wren, etc., probably coming back, Disney+ Ahsoka looks like it’s shaping up amazingly. And now Anakin is bound to appear on the show.

So all it needs is a sprinkle of Obi-Wan’s appearance as well to tie it all together. It will surely give the story more depth.

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